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Dead Endangered Species

Statutory Authority: ECL 11-0535, 11-0536 and 6 NYCRR Part 175, and Part 182

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.

Please note:

  • 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 17.4 KB) and send to the Department of Environmental Conservation Special Licenses Unit.

Special Licenses Unit
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4752

List of applicable Laws and Regulations

  • New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) to read visit Department of State website at
    • 11-0535
    • 11-0536
  • New York Codes Rules and Regulations (6NYCRR) (links leave DEC website)
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