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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 15. Department of Wildlife Resources
Chapter 20. Definitions and Miscellaneous: In General

4VAC15-20-160. Nuisance species designated.

A. The board hereby designates the following species as nuisance species pursuant to § 29.1-100 of the Code of Virginia.

1. Mammals.

a. House mouse (Mus musculus);

b. Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus);

c. Black rat (Rattus rattus);

d. Coyote (Canis latrans);

e. Feral hog (Sus scrofa; any swine that are wild or for which no proof of ownership can be made);

f. Nutria (Myocastor coypus); and

g. Woodchuck (Marmota monax).

2. Birds.

a. European starling (Sturnus vulgaris);

b. English (house) sparrow (Passer domesticus); and

c. Pigeon (Rock Dove) (Columba livia).

d. Other nonnative species as defined in the Migratory Bird Treaty Reform Act of 2004 and regulated under 50 CFR 10.13.

B. It shall be unlawful to take, possess, transport, or sell all other wildlife species not classified as game, furbearer or nuisance, or otherwise specifically permitted by law or regulation.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-103, 29.1-501, and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-01-1 § 16, eff. October 15, 1990; amended, Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1997; Volume 13, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 1997; Volume 17, Issue 19, eff. July 4, 2001; Volume 19, Issue 1, eff. October 23, 2002; Volume 22, Issue 19, eff. July 1, 2006; Volume 31, Issue 2, eff. September 1, 2014.

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