Frequently Asked Questions
The Wildlife Holding Permit is used to authorize capture and holding of the following species:
Northern flying squirrels, golden-mantled ground squirrels, Douglas’s squirrel, red squirrel, and chipmunks. It is also used to authorize holding of captive bred raccoon and bobcat from a USDA licensed facility. The Wildlife Holding Permit applies to these species only. (OAR 635-044-0005)
Call the ODFW Wildlife Division at 503-947-6301 and ask for a Wildlife Holding Permit application form. Send the completed application and fee to ODFW Wildlife Division 3406 Cherry Ave NE Salem OR 97303. This permit is issued from the ODFW Salem Headquarters office only.
No. Under Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 498.022, the purchase, sale, or exchange of any wildlife or wildlife part is prohibited unless the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has adopted rules to provide otherwise. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has not adopted rules that allow the sale of live squirrels, raccoons, or bobcats.
Wildlife Holding Permits for raccoons and bobcats may be obtained for animals that are:
- Obtained from legal sources (USDA licensed captive breeder) outside Oregon and imported legally through the Oregon Department of Agriculture (503-986-4680). or
- Received as a gift from an Oregon resident with a valid Wildlife Holding Permit for the animal given.
- Can I take procession of a bobcat, raccoon, squirrel, or chipmunk before I get my holding permit?
- No. The holding permit application must be approved first.
The annual permit fee is $7.00, which includes an agent fee of $2.00 per ORS 497.022. This fee is non refundable.
The Wildlife Holding Permit expires annually on December 31.
Renewal forms will be sent to you each year. Simply complete the renewal application form, note any changes that may have occurred and return the completed renewal application form with the fee to the ODFW Licensing Section 3406 Cherry Ave NE Salem OR 97303.