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?
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.
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.
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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