German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Hunted species protected under Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and wild fauna and flora (Habitats Directive)

All species that are listed in Annex IV of the European Union Habitats Directive are subject to a national prohibition on ownership and commercial use. These prohibitions also extend to hunting trophies.

Exemptions from the prohibitions on ownership for hunting trophies which are intended for the import from third countries (countries outside of the European Union) can be issued by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). The application should be submitted informally stating the species and the country of origin and accompanied by a copy of the hunting licence. The outcome of this is decided on a case-by-case basis with reference to the opinion of the scientific authority. This requires extensive investigations and possibly also enquiries to the authorities in the country of origin. There are circumstances in which the procedure can take several months. The applicant must also be prepared for the eventuality that the application may be refused.

The following hunted species are listed in Annex IV of the Habitats Directive and are subject to the strict provisions mentioned:

  • Apennine chamois (Rupicapra ornata)
  • Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus)
  • Balkan chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra balcanica, subspecies with range in Balkan States and Greece, Albania, Bulgaria)
  • Bezoar goat (Capra hircus aegagrus)
  • Corsican red deer (Cervs elaphus corsicanus)
  • European beaver (Castor fiber, except for the populations of Sweden, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland)
  • European bison (Bison bonasus)
  • Pyrenean ibex (Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica)

Last Change: 02/03/2021