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Bringing bear hide into US

My brother in law is visiting in Nova Scotia and was given a couple frozen hides to bring home. What can he expect at the border when he returns to the US this weekend? Does he need a permit of some sort?

Thanks,
Sharon

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I don't know if this site is of use but I am pretty sure you will have to get documentation of some sort.

http://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunttrap/canadaimports.htm

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It seems, after more searching, that you need a "CITES" permit to export any bear parts out of Canada. Here is the Canadian website so you should be able to find what you need in there. Thumbs up

http://www.cites.ca/default.cfm

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Yep,I thought he might, I will let him know that, before he tries to come back. Thanks!
Sharon

ChesterGolf wrote:
It seems, after more searching, that you need a "CITES" permit to export any bear parts out of Canada. Here is the Canadian website so you should be able to find what you need in there. :thumbsup1:

http://www.cites.ca/default.cfm

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I'm sure you don't need a Cites permit any more and haven't for a few years. That would apply across Canada as its a Federal permit. However, you may likely need some kind of export permit for each hide as thats a Provincial requirement. That applys for Ontario but I'm not sure about other provinces. Cites are a requirement for endangerd species and black bears certainly don't fall under that category on the north side of the border.
Your first step should be to contact the provincial wildlife district in which you are picking up the hides and talk to them for arrangements to have the proper paper work done up. They'll need info on how and when the bears were taken and by whom before allowing them to be shipped across the border.

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Sawbill, if you look on the cites website (above) they specifically state that American Black bear as one of the animals needing a cites permit for export. I agree they are not endangered but it also covers the control of threatened and "could be threatened" species due to commercial exploitation. Here is a Canadian Cites link that clearly shows the American Black Bear (Ursus Americanus) on the control list.

http://www.cites.ec.gc.ca/listedecontrole/index.cfm?lang=e&fuseaction=sc...

Just type bear in the search engine.

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Here is another link in the same website specifically saying the american black bear needs a cites permit.

http://www.cites.ec.gc.ca/listedecontrole/index.cfm?lang=e&fuseaction=sp...

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He has been calling over to the border where he will be passing, but keeps getting a recording. I guess that he will just have to see when he gets there.

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Lambirth wrote:
He has been calling over to the border where he will be passing, but keeps getting a recording. I guess that he will just have to see when he gets there.

I hope he doesn't get into ALOT of trouble

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you need an import permit -showing how, when ,where it was taken etc- no biggie can get from US customs.

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I'm an outfitter in Ontario and guaranteed you don't need a Cites permit. I haven't had to have one issued for my hunters in years. However, if you are dealing with just hides that may be different but I really have my doubts.

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