OAR 635-435-0040
Transportation of Wildlife


Live wildlife may only be transported with a transport permit issued by the Department or a WCO permit.


Permittees are authorized to transport permitted live wildlife for:


Humane euthanasia of the captured animal; or


Transport wildlife specified in 635-435-0010 (Permit Required to Capture, Possess, or Transport Wildlife) (4) to a licensed Oregon Wildlife Rehabilitator; or


Relocation to suitable release habitat with prior approval of the Department.


WCOs may transport wildlife carcasses in their usual course of business for disposal by burying, placement in a landfill, rendering, incineration or as directed by the Department, or for use of wildlife parts in compliance with OAR 635 Division 200.


Permittees must provide all live wildlife with humane care during transport.


When transporting live wildlife in a vehicle:


The vehicles transport area must have access to free-flowing fresh air without injurious exhaust fumes.


Wildlife must have adequate protection from extreme weather conditions and temperature that would result in hypo- or hyperthermia of the animals or conditions that could lead to illness or death.


The cage or enclosure must be of sufficient strength to hold wildlife securely during transportation and to prevent escape.


The interior of the cage must be in good working condition: free of defects, sharp points, objects or edges that could injure the transported wildlife.


Cages must be of sufficient size to assure the safety of the transported wildlife and WCO.


Holding cage must be large enough to ensure that each individual has sufficient space to turn, stand, and lay naturally. Skunks may be held in a cage that limits its ability to spray the WCO.


No more than one animal will be transported in the same cage or enclosure unless they are of the same species, accepting of a cage-mate and were captured together in the same trap or capture device.


A visual barrier must be placed between aggressive individuals or animals considered predators and prey to reduce stress during possession and transport.


Caged wildlife must be separated by sufficient distance or shall have a physical divider placed between them to prevent injury or physical contact between caged occupants.


Caged wildlife must not be stacked unless each cage is fitted with a floor or barrier preventing excretions or body parts from entering lower cages or enclosures.

Source: Rule 635-435-0040 — Transportation of Wildlife, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=635-435-0040.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

Rule 635-435-0040’s source at or​.us