(a) No person may collect, hold, possess, display, transport, release, or propagate protected wildlife for the purposes of this subchapter without a permit issued under this subchapter.
(b) A permit under this subchapter is not required for an activity that may be lawfully conducted under the authority of another license or permit issued under this code or in accordance with another provision of this code.
(c) No other license is required for an activity conducted under the authority of a permit issued under this subchapter.
(d) A permit under this subchapter is not required to hold, transport, propagate, or display a marine mammal held under the authority of the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act (16 U.S.C. Section 1361 et seq.) unless the marine mammal is:
(1) a marine mammal for which the department has been delegated management authority under Section 1379 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (16 U.S.C. Section 1379); or
(2) a marine mammal listed under the federal Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. Section 1531 et seq.).
(e) The department may issue a permit to a qualified person to collect, hold, possess, display, transport, release, or propagate protected wildlife for scientific research, educational display, zoological collection, or rehabilitation. A permit may not be issued to propagate protected wildlife for rehabilitation or educational display.
(f) The commission shall adopt rules to govern the collecting, holding, possession, propagation, release, display, or transport of protected wildlife for scientific research, educational display, zoological collection, or rehabilitation.
(g) The commission by rule may set fees for review of permit applications, inspections, transportation and boarding of seized animals, laboratory analysis, or other department actions necessary for implementation of this subchapter.
(h) The commission by rule may exempt certain categories of activities from the permitting and fee requirements of or established under this subchapter if those activities are determined to provide a public benefit and do not adversely affect a protected wildlife resource.
(i) A permit authorized by this subchapter may be issued by the director or the director's designee.
Citation: V.T.C.A., Parks & Wildlife Code § 43.022.
(a) A person may apply for an original propagation permit by submitting an application containing information or statements as required by the department and by submitting an original propagation permit fee of $300 or an amount set by the commission, whichever amount is more.
(b) The department shall issue the permit if it determines that the applicant has complied with Subsection (a) of this section, that the initial breeding stock was acquired under a permit issued under Section 43.022 of this code or was otherwise legally acquired, and that the applicant has not violated the laws of the United States, this state, or another state with respect to the acquisition of breeding stock.
(c) An original propagation permit must contain a description of endangered fish and wildlife authorized to be possessed under the permit.
(d) An original propagation permit is valid for one year from the date of its issuance.
Citation: V.T.C.A., Parks & Wildlife Code § 68.008.
(a) A person holding an original propagation permit or a renewal propagation permit is entitled to receive from the department a renewal propagation permit on application to the department and on the payment of a renewal propagation permit fee of $550 or an amount set by the commission, whichever amount is more, if the application and fee are received by the department during the period beginning 10 days before the expiration date of the outstanding permit and extending through the expiration date of the permit.
(b) A renewal propagation permit is valid for a period of three years beginning on the date of its issuance.
(c) The department may refuse to renew any permit if it determines that it would be in the best interest of the species of fish or wildlife described in the permit.
Citation: V.T.C.A., Parks & Wildlife Code § 68.009.
A person holding a commercial propagation permit shall send to the department annually:
(1) a written evaluation by a veterinarian licensed to practice in this state of the physical conditions of the propagation facilities and the conditions of the fish or wildlife held under the permit; and
(2) a written report on forms prepared by the department relating to propagation activities during the previous year.
Citation: V.T.C.A., Parks & Wildlife Code § 68.010.
(a) If, on the basis of the reports required by Section 68.010 of this code or an investigation or inspection by an authorized employee of the department, the department finds that a permit holder is improperly caring for or handling the fish or wildlife held under the permit, the department shall give written notice of the objectionable actions or conditions to the permit holder.
(b) If the department finds that the improper caring for or handling of the fish or wildlife is detrimental to the fish or wildlife and immediate protection is needed, the department may seize the fish or wildlife and authorize proper care pending the correction of the improper conditions or actions.
Citation: V.T.C.A., Parks & Wildlife Code § 68.011.
(a) A person aggrieved by the action of the department in refusing to grant or renew a commercial propagation permit or in cancelling a permit may appeal within 20 days of the final action of the department to a district court of Travis County or the county of his residence.
(b) The appeal shall be by trial de novo as are appeals from the justice court to the county court.
Citation: V.T.C.A., Parks & Wildlife Code § 68.012.
A person who ceases to hold a commercial propagation permit under this chapter shall dispose of endangered fish or wildlife held after the expiration or cancellation of the permit in the manner required by the department.
Citation: V.T.C.A., Parks & Wildlife Code § 68.013.
The department shall issue a permit to a qualified person to take endangered, threatened, or protected plants or parts thereof from public land for the purpose of propagation, education, or scientific studies.
Citation: V.T.C.A., Parks & Wildlife Code § 88.005.
(a) A person who takes, possesses, or transports for commercial sale or sells an endangered, threatened, or protected plant from private land, or who hires or pays another to perform those activities, shall possess a permit issued by the department. The permit must specify the land from which the taking is permissible, have attached a copy of the landowner's consent, and contain any other information required by the department.
(b) A person applying for a permit under this section must submit to the department:
(1) a copy of the written consent of the landowner from whose land the plant will be taken; and
(2) a permit fee set by the commission in an amount reasonable to defray administrative costs.
(c) In addition to the permit required by this section, a person taking endangered, threatened, or protected plants from private land shall attach to each plant at the time of taking a tag issued to the person by the department. The fee for each tag is $1.
(d) No person may remove the tag from the plant until the plant has been transplanted into its ultimate site for landscaping or beautification purposes. Only the ultimate owner or a department employee may remove the tag.
(e) The commission shall adopt rules specifying the form and information required for permits and tags issued under this section.
(f) The department shall waive the tagging fee if it determines the plants were planted and cultivated for the express purpose of being harvested for commercial purposes.
Citation: V.T.C.A., Parks & Wildlife Code § 88.0081.
(a) All protected wildlife collected and subsequently held under this subchapter or rules adopted under this subchapter remain the property of the state and shall be relinquished to the department or an agent of the department on demand or otherwise disposed of in a manner prescribed by the department.
(b) No permit may be issued for the taking or transportation of any endangered fish or wildlife the possession, taking, or transportation of which is prohibited by federal law.
(c) A permit issued for the taking of migratory birds is not valid unless the applicant has obtained a federal permit for the taking of migratory birds.
Citation: V.T.C.A., Parks & Wildlife Code § 43.024.