Summary of Connecticut ANS Laws*
CT statutes: Policy & Agency Powers:
1) Powers and Duties of Commissioner [of DEP]: In the interest of
wildlife management, the commissioner may destroy and dispose of
any diseased or undesirable wildlife species if the species, inter alia,
aggressively invades, or is likely to adversely impact agriculture,
native plants, or native wildlife, or is likely to adversely impact
natural or agricultural ecosystems. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 26-3 (2003).
2) Regulations. Determination of Whether Any Native Species is
Endangered, Threatened or of Special Concern: The DEP
commissioner shall adopt regulations to establish procedures to
determine if any native species is endangered, threatened, or of special
concern. In making that determination, the commissioner shall
consider, inter alia, competition or predation that affects the species,
and natural or human factors that affects the species. Conn. Gen. Stat.
§ 26-306(a) (2003).
Introduction & Possession of Fish and Other Animals:
1) Permit for Importing, Possessing, or Liberating Fish, Wild Birds, Wild
Quadrupeds, Reptiles and Amphibians: No one may import or
introduce into Connecticut any live fish, wild bird, wild quadruped,
reptile, or amphibian without a permit from the DEP commissioner.
No one may possess or liberate such an animal without a permit from
the commissioner. Permits will be issued by the commissioner under
regulations that she makes. The commissioner may by regulation
determine the numbers of which species which may be imported,
possessed, introduced, or liberated within the state. She may
promulgate regulations to determine which species of such animals
meet permit requirements. The commissioner may exempt from the
permit requirements specific species or groups of live fish. The
commissioner may absolutely ban the importation, possession, or
introduction into the state, or liberation within the state, of those