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One of the best-known responsibilities of the Department of Natural Resources is the regulation of wild animals through the Division of Fish and Wildlife. With a few limited exceptions, the responsibility includes all wild animals.
In addition to performing regulatory functions, the Division of Fish and Wildlife:
Responsibilities for the regulation of fish and wildlife are assigned by the Indiana General Assembly in statutes and implemented largely through rules. Most statutory authority is set forth in IC 14-22, what is sometimes called the "Fish and Wildlife Code." The Natural Resources Commission adopts permanent rules to help implement the Fish and Wildlife Code, and these rules have the force and effect of law.