Recovery Permit [Wildlife Law] Law and Legal Definition

Recovery permit is a permit issued under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act for scientific research and activities that would help in the recovery of federally listed species. Recovery permits are issued to scientist outside the Fish and Wildlife Service. The permit allows people to do research to gain better knowledge of listed species in order to assist in recovery efforts and other conservation related actions with listed species.

A recovery permit grants permission for research pertaining to species recovery. For example, anyone possessing a recovery permit may take blood samples from a peregrine falcon for genetic analysis, or conduct surveys of freshwater mussel beds to determine species status and distribution.