OAR 635-435-0025
Disposition of Wildlife


All wildlife captured, held, or transported under a WCO Permit remains the property of the State of Oregon and cannot be sold, traded, bartered, or exchanged except as allowed by OAR chapter 635 dxivision 200.


Wildlife captured, held, or transported under the terms of the WCO permit shall not be intentionally displayed for public exhibit.


Cage traps or restraining traps shall be inspected for capture success at a minimum of once every 48 hours. The local Department district biologist will consider extenuating circumstances to extend check time on a case by case basis upon contact from the WCO. Killing traps or traps set for predatory animals as defined in ORS 610.002 (“Predatory animals” defined) must be checked within the time periods specified in OAR Chapter 635, Division 50. The inspection and removal of any captured animal shall be done by the person who set the trap or the owner of the land where the trap is set, or designee of either.


WCO’s must conduct one of the following within 24 hours of notification of possession of wildlife:


Humanely euthanize the animal(s) in a manner consistent with the “AVMA Guidelines for Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition;” or


Release animal on site; or


Relocate the animal (with prior approval from the Department).


Wildlife held, relocated, or used for attracting offspring must be supplied with fresh drinking water within a period of 4 hours of possession and must be provided access to clean drinking water at reasonable intervals, not to exceed 8 hours between water replenishment.


A WCO capturing wildlife must make reasonable efforts to locate and capture dependent neonatal offspring. Lactating female wildlife and dependent neonates(s) may be kept in possession up to 72 hours or longer as approved by the Department.


Wildlife indicating symptoms of disease must be humanely euthanized consistent with ORS 498.016 (Taking crippled or helpless wildlife), or handled as directed by local Department district biologist or Department veterinarian.


A WCO must humanely euthanize prohibited species as identified in the Wildlife Integrity Rules (OAR 635-056-0050 (Prohibited Species)).


A WCO may sell, purchase or exchange the pelt, or any part thereof, of any legally taken furbearing or unprotected mammal as allowed by OAR 635-050-0045 (General Furbearer Regulations)(3).
(10) A WCO must salvage edible wild turkey carcasses according to 635-002-0005 (Disposal of Edible Wildlife). A property owner or legal occupant cannot directly receive any part of a wild turkey removed from their property.

Source: Rule 635-435-0025 — Disposition of Wildlife, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=635-435-0025.

Last Updated

Jun. 24, 2021

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