15A NCAC 10B .0123       POSSESSION OF CERTAIN SPECIES OF WILDLIFE RESOURCES

It is unlawful for any individual to import, transport, export, purchase, possess, or sell any species of Tongueless or African Clawed Frog (Xenopus spp.) or to stock or release them in the public or private waters or lands of North Carolina, except as authorized under permit issued by the Executive Director pursuant to G.S. 113-274(c)(4) and subject to limitations as specified in this Rule:

(1)           Importation, possession, sales, transportation, and exportation will be allowed under permit by retail and wholesale establishments whose primary function is providing scientific supplies for research; provided that they must be possessed in indoor facilities; and that all transportation of specimens provides adequate safeguards against accidental escape; and that sale or transfer is permitted only as listed in Item (2) of this Rule.  Written applications for permits shall include plans for holding, transportation, advertisement, and sale in such detail as to allow a determination of the safeguards provided against accidental escape and sales to unauthorized individuals.

(2)           Purchase, importation, and possession of this species within North Carolina will be allowed under permit only by state and federal governmental agencies, corporate research entities, and research institutions; provided that sales are permitted to lawful out-of-state consumers; and, provided that they must be possessed in indoor facilities and that all transportation of specimens provides adequate safeguards against accidental escape; and that the agency’s or institution’s Animal Use and Care Committee has approved the research protocol for this species; and, further provided that no specimens may be stocked or released in the public or private waters or lands of North Carolina and may not be transferred to any private individual.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-274; 113-292;

Eff. February 1, 1994;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1997.