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58 Pa. Code § 147.101. Definitions.

§ 147.101. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   Allowable take—The total number of Arctic Peregrine Falcons authorized by the Untited States Fish and Wildlife Service to be taken from the wild within this Commonwealth during a given permit year.

   Bate—Attempt to fly.

   Eyas—A young bird not yet capable of flight.

   Facilities—Equipment and shelters necessary to protect and train raptors.

   Falconry—The wild capture, husbandry and training of raptors for the pursuit of wildlife, and the hunting of wildlife with raptors.

   Hacking—The controlled release of a raptor to the wild.

   Hybrid—Any bird that results from a cross of genetic material between two separate taxa when one or both are listed in 50 CFR 10.13 (relating to list of migratory birds) and any progeny of those birds.

   Imprint—For the purposes of falconry, a bird that is hand-raised in isolation from the sight of other raptors until it has fledged. An imprinted bird is considered to be so for its entire lifetime.

   Nestlings or eyases—Young raptors not yet capable of flight.

   Passage birds

     (i)   Raptors in their first year of life, postfledging and possessing no more than two adult feathers.

     (ii)   A Golden Eagle taken as a juvenile must possess at least one subadult feather when it is taken from the wild.

   Raptors—Live migratory birds of the order Falconiformes or the order Strigiformes including the Bald Eagle—Haliaeetus leucocephalus—and the Golden Eagle—Aquila chrysaetos, wherever its place of origin, whether or not raised in captivity or a hybrid of those species.

   Sponsor—The holder of a general or master falconry permit with at least 2 years experience as a general class falconer, who has accepted the responsibility for the conduct and training of an apprentice falconer.

   Take—In addition to the definition in section 102 of the act (relating to definitions), the term also includes the purchase or acquisition of a raptor for the purpose of falconry.

   Transfer—The term includes barter, sale, purchase, loan or gift, of a raptor excluding the temporary holding as provided in this subchapter.


   The provisions of this §  147.101 amended under the Game and Wildlife Code, 34 Pa.C.S. § §  322(c)(8), 2102(a) and 2901(b).


   The provisions of this §  147.101 adopted June 19, 1987, effective July 1, 1987, 17 Pa.B. 2464; amended March 10, 1989, effective March 11, 1989, 19 Pa.B. 1020; amended November 27, 2009, effective January 1, 2010, 39 Pa.B. 6760; amended November 12, 2010, effective November 13, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 6519; amended November 7, 2014, effective November 8, 2014, 44 Pa.B. 7056; amended March 20, 2015, effective March 21, 2015, 45 Pa.B. 1363. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (375070) to (375071).

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