This article is provided to information on the new vehicle-killed wild animal permit process.
As you may already know, the state has changes the process for the public to get a Vehicle-Killed Wild Animal Permit when a local law enforcement agency wasn’t on scene or couldn’t respond to tag the animal. Based on the transition to tele-check registration and elimination of registration stations, the DNR now has an interim system to fill this void for the public and law enforcement agencies.
Starting on April 1, 2015 the Hotline Dispatchers in the Madison call center will have the ability to authorize car-kill deer, turkey and bear permits over the phone. Citizens who are requesting a permit can call the DNR non-emergency dispatch line at 608-267-7691. The line is staffed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Calls received after hours will route to a voicemail and the authorization and when applicable a permit will be issued the next morning.
The Hotline staff will only issue the permits for turkey and bear through a computer-generated system and mail or email the permit to the customer. The permit number will serve as an ‘authorization number’ which will allow the customer to be in possession of the carcass until the permit arrives or until they print it. For deer the Hotline staff will only document the individual’s information provided at the time the authorization is requested and no physical permit will be issued. If a Taxidermist would like to verify if a deer was authorized or if a permit was issued, they can call the non-emergency dispatch line above and speak with a dispatcher who can look it up in system.
Q: Are all vehicle-kill tags going to be issued over the phone, or can the county sheriffs still issue tags?
A: Law enforcement agencies on scene to complete vehicle crash reports will continue to issue vehicle-kill tags as they have in the past. This alternative system is in place to reduce the need for an officer to respond for the sole purpose of tagging an animal.
Q: Have the sheriff departments been notified of these changes?
A: Yes, an email was sent last week informing all county sheriffs of the new phone-in procedures.
Q: When will registration stations officially close?
A: The Bureau of Wildlife Management is currently working to close a majority of the stations across the state because of the transition to tele-check registration. For the purpose of vehicle-kill animal registration, please begin using the phone-in method right away.
Q: Does this change any of the car-kill deer pickup procedures?
A: The phone-in vehicle-killed animal permit process will not affect the car-kill deer pickup procedures. Please continue to refer customer to the local sheriff as you have in the past. We will keep you up to date with any changes to the budget and how it may affect car kill deer pickup in the future.
If you have any questions please contact Kevin Barman for more information 608-381-9428.
By Conservation Warden John Welke-Wisconsin Taxidermy Liaison