15A NCAC 10B .0125      RELEASE OF Mute Swans

It is unlawful for any individual to release any mute swan (Cygnus olor) into the public waters of North Carolina.  Any individual who releases a mute swan to privately controlled waters must ensure that the animal has been pinioned.  Individuals who currently possess or confine mute swans on their property must pinion all mute swans on their property by January 1, 2009.  For the purposes of this Rule privately controlled waters is defined as:  a body of water lying wholly upon a single tract of privately owned land or a body of water lying entirely within private property, even if that property is comprised of multiple tracts owned by one or multiple individuals.  In addition, privately controlled waters are waters to which the public does not have access without permission of one or more of the private landowners surrounding the water(s).


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-292(d);

Eff. July 1, 2008.