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Fish and Wildlife Service Considers Revising Regulations on Seizure and Forfeiture

Friday, June 17, 2016
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The Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting comments through Aug. 16 on a proposal to revise its regulations regarding seizure and administrative forfeiture of property and the disposal of any property forfeited or abandoned to the U.S. under various laws that the Service administers, including the Endangered Species Act, the Lacey Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

The proposed revision sets forth the procedures used for the seizure, bonded release, appraisement, administrative proceeding, petition for remission, and disposal of items subject to forfeiture. The FWS anticipates that these changes would more clearly explain the procedures used in administrative forfeiture proceedings, make the process more efficient, and make the FWS’ seizure and forfeiture procedures more uniform with those of other agencies subject to the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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