Dead Endangered Species
Federal Law generally prohibits the sale of endangered or threatened species, including parts and products, in interstate or foreign commerce. However, the sale of such products, manufactured prior to the Endangered Species Act (1973), or otherwise legally obtained and possessed, could be permissible in New York State with a permit from the NYSDEC, provided that substantive evidence related to the items in question proves when the products were manufactured, and from whom they were acquired.
If the items are legally obtained and possessed, a permit for the sale, of the products or by-products of the endangered or threatened species, may be issued.
- Substantial evidence would include; notarized affidavits attesting to the authenticity of the item(s), photographs, etc.
- There is no fee for this license.
Please contact the Special Licenses Unit with any questions or concerns about qualifying or applying for this permit. To apply for this permit complete the Dead Endangered Species Application (PDF) and send to the Department of Environmental Conservation Special Licenses Unit.
Special Licenses Unit
Albany, NY 12233-4752
List of applicable Laws and Regulations
New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)
Please visit the website for New York State Legislature (link leaves DEC website)
- 11-0535 Endangered and threatened species, species of special concern.
- 11-0536 Sale of certain wild animals or wild animal products prohibited.
New York Codes Rules and Regulations (6NYCRR)
- Part 175 Special Licenses and Permits--Definition and Uniform Procedures (link leaves DEC website)
- Part 182 Endangered and Threatened Species of Fish and Wildlife; Species of Special Concern; Incidental Take Permits (link leaves DEC website)