Often, animals are injured by vehicles or other types of accidents. Some animals die, leaving their young behind. But now, wildlife rescues in Alabama will no longer be allowed to take certain types of wildlife into their care to rehabilitate them, according to SFGate on Thursday.
Because the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced they will no longer issue permits for the rehabilitation of raccoons, skunks, opossums, foxes, coyotes, feral pigs or bats.
Instead, they ask that any orphaned animals found should be left alone in the wild. And any of these animals brought in for rehabilitation, the agency says, should now be euthanized.
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One of the reasons the state decided to quit issuing rehabilitation permits, according to Ray Metzler, the agency’s assistant chief of wildlife, is to help stop the spread of rabies, even though there have been no documented cases of human infection since 1994. Also he stated that raccoons, skunks, opossums, foxes, coyotes and feral pigs are not endangered or threatened. So "basically there is no biological reason to rehabilitate these animals," said Metzler.
Special exemptions could be made, Metzer said, for the bat species which are endangered. Metzer said "To be honest, I don't think many normal people would pick up a bat in their yard."
Others believe just the opposite. Instead of taking the animals to rehabilitators for care, people will no doubt try to raise them on their own.
Shamballa Wildlife Rescue, a wildlife rescue located near Scottsboro, North Alabama, said on their Facebook page “We will NOT euthanize any species if there is a chance to save them.”
Under state law, fines may be imposed for illegal possession of wild animals, but current law does not include what will happen to wildlife rehabilitators who continue trying to save orphaned or ill animals.
Please sign the petition asking Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to stop the euthanization of orphaned wildlife in Alabama.
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