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Forest and Wildlife Ecology - Department Policies - Protocol for Salvaged Wildlife Specimens

Protocol for accepting non-threatened and endangered wildlife for use in teaching and outreach; or, what to do if someone wants to give you a dead critter?

In the event that someone from the public brings in a dead or “salvaged” animal or someone from our department/building brings one in, follow these THREE STEPS:

1.  Collect the following information along with the specimen:

  • Species (if known)
  • Date and location where the specimen was found
  • Name of person who collected it and their phone or email address
  • Name of Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology or Russell Service Center person who accepted the specimen
  • Any additional information about the location and/or cause of death
2.  Record this information on an index card and place it in a plastic bag along with the specimen. Specimens should be placed in the freezer in A228 Russell Laboratories.  

3.  Send Jamie Nack an email with the above information as well, so it can be reported as part of our annual state and federal reporting responsibilities.

Please note that we cannot accept threatened nor endangered species.

Key contact and responsible party: Jamie Nack

Reporting requirements: State (annually on January 10; last report), Federal (annually on January 31; last report)

Links to blank report templates

Below are links to current permits with personal information and signatures redacted.
State_salvage_permit.pdf (expires December 31, 2020)
Federal_salvage_permit.pdf (expires March 31, 2021)

Keywords:wildlife, dead bird, dead animal, protocol, salvaged specimens russell lab hub forest FWE department policies   Doc ID:56638
Owner:Mark R.Group:Russell Labs Hub
Created:2015-09-22 13:02 CSTUpdated:2019-10-05 13:26 CST
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