Threatened & Endangered Species Takings Permits may be issued by the Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources for the "taking" of plants or animals listed as Threatened or Endangered in Vermont pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 5408 and 10 V.S.A. App. § 10 after obtaining the advice of the Endangered Species Committee.
When May a Threatened & Endangered Species Permit Be Issued?
T&E Permits may be issued for the following purposes:
- scientific purposes;
- educational purposes;
- incidental taking;
- to enhance the propagation or survival of a threatened or endangered species;
- zoological exhibition; or
- special purposes consistent with the purposes of the Federal Endangered Species Act.
Who Can Apply For a Permit?
Applications may be submitted by anyone, including researchers, exhibitors, municipalities and private companies amongst others.
- T&E Taking Permit application form (MS Word)
- T&E Takings Permit application form for Bat Surveys & Research (MS Word)
This document includes eligibility requirements as well guidelines and procedures to conduct bat surveys and research.
- Frequently Asked Questions regarding T&E permits and fees.
- Guidelines for Scientific Research on Rare, Threatened or Endangered Plants in Vermont
What is the Definition of "Take"?
The definition of "take" is very broad and includes everything from killing a plant or animal to transplanting a plant or any activity that could be construed as harrassing an animal.
For wildlife, Title 10 V.S.A. §4001(23) of the Vermont statutes defines take and taking as: "pursuing, shooting, hunting, killing, capturing, trapping, snaring, and netting fish, birds and quadrupeds and all lesser acts, such as disturbing, harrying or worrying or wounding or placing, setting, drawing or using any net or other device commonly used to take fish or wild animals, whether they result in the taking or not; and shall include every attempt to take and every act of assistance to every other person in taking or attempting to take fish or wild animals, provided that when taking is allowed by law, reference is had to taking by lawful means and in lawful manner."
For plants, in accordance with 10 V.S.A. §5401(14) "taking" means uprooting, transplanting, cutting, injuring or killing or any attempt to do the same or assisting another who is doing or is attempting to do the same.
Permits in Public Comment Period
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has received an application from MHG Solar, LLC for a Threatened and Endangered Species Taking Permit which would authorize the potential taking of up to three Eastern small-footed bats (Myotis leibii) as part of the installation of a 500-kW solar power facility at the Eagle Quarry Poultney, Vermont, to be known as the “Eagle Quarry Solar Project.”
The permit application, advice of the Agency’s Endangered Species Committee and a proposed draft permit are available for review here:
Public comments and questions are welcome and must be received at the email or U.S. postal address listed below on or before 4:30 p.m. on Friday April 19, 2019.
No public hearings are currently scheduled.
How do I submit comments or questions on a permit?
Comments or questions may be submitted by email to ANR.EndangeredPermit@vermont.gov
or comments by regular mail to:
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
1 National Life Building, Dewey Building
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3208