Threatened & Endangered Species Takings Permit

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 per 10 V.S.A. § 5408(a):

  • Scientific purposes;
  • To enhance the propagation or survival of a threatened or endangered species;
  • Zoological exhibition
  • Educational purposes;
  • Noncommercial cultural or ceremonial purposes;
  • Special purposes consistent with the purposes of the federal Endangered Species Act;
  • Incidental taking;

Who Can Apply For a Permit?

Applications may be submitted by anyone, including researchers, exhibitors, municipalities and private companies amongst others.

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.

Take is defined in 10 V.S.A. § 5401(18) of the Vermont statutes as:

(18) "Take" or "taking":

(A) With respect to wildlife designated a threatened or endangered species, means:

(i) pursuing, shooting, hunting, killing, capturing, trapping, harming, snaring, or netting wildlife;

(ii) an act that creates a risk of injury to wildlife, whether or not the injury occurs, including harassing, wounding, or placing, setting, drawing, or using any net or other device used to take animals; or

(iii) attempting to engage in or assisting another to engage in an act set forth under subdivision (i) or (ii) of this subdivision (18)(A).

(B) With respect to a wild plant designated a threatened or endangered species, means uprooting, transplanting, gathering seeds or fruit, cutting, injuring, harming, 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

Fairlee Ledges 2019

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has received an application from VTrans (the Vermont Agency of Transportation) for a Threatened and Endangered Species Taking Permit which would authorize the potential taking of:

  • 18 individual Bronze sedge plants (Carex foenea) in 3 sub-populations (a state-endangered species);
  • 2 individual Canada rockcress plants (Boechera stricta) (a state-endangered species); and,
  • An unknown number (but likely very small) of three bat species:
    Eastern small-footed (a state-threatened species)
    little brown (a state-endangered species)
    Northern long-eared (a state-endangered and federally threatened species)

The reason for the project is to stabilize a rock ledge above I-91 to reduce the potential for additional rock fall at the area that endangers travelers.

 The permit application and a mitigation plan are available for review here: Application-VTrans Fairlee Ledges

Public comments and questions are welcome and must be received at the email or U.S. postal address listed below on or before 9am on Monday September 30, 2019.

Public Hearing

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
or comments by regular mail and must be received at the email or U.S. postal address listed below on or before 9am on Monday September 30, 2019

Comments c/o
Permits Administrator
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
Commissioner's Office
1 National Life Building, Davis 2
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3702

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