Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Take FWC's survey on captive wildlife rules
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is extending the deadline for the public to respond to its rule development survey on changes to the rules on captive wildlife, according to a press release at the agency's website. FWC is considering new requirements for the various classes of captive wildlife (Class I, II, and III) and licensing requirements for people selling or exhibiting Class III wildlife. Class I wildlife include gorillas, chimpanzees, lions, leopards, tigers and bears. Class II wildlife include several species of small monkeys, small cats, coyotes and wolves. Class I and II wildlife are potentially dangerous to people. A link to the survey is available here. The deadline has been extended to December 7, 2009, apparently because of a "limited response from the public." I'd encourage anyone concerned with captive wildlife to take the survey.