FWC approves draft rules for captive wildlife
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Media contact: Patricia Behnke, 850-251-2130
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) moved forward with several draft rules that
clarify and address concerns about captive wildlife on
Working with the Florida Association of Counties
and Levy County, the FWC identified some key issues at the county
and municipal level regarding captive wildlife facilities. The
Commission approved a draft rule that requires new Class I or II
wildlife facilities to be in compliance with local building codes
and zoning requirements.
Under the current rule, county officials are
notified only of any new application for a license to possess Class
I or II wildlife.
The draft rule change would provide counties or
municipalities 25 days from receipt of the notification of a
pending application to determine if the facility is in compliance.
If the county or municipality fails to notify the FWC, the
applicant will be considered to be found in compliance. If the
applicant is not in compliance, proof that the issue has been
resolved must be provided to the FWC.
Another draft rule will require captive wildlife
facilities to provide Part B of the required Critical Incident and
Disaster Plan to the local county emergency manager. The Commission
also approved a draft rule clarifying that the labels on all
shipments containing live wildlife contain the name and address of
both the sender and receiver. The labels also must specify the
number and species of wild animal life within the shipment, using
both common and scientific names.
The final draft rule that was approved exempts
hobbyists - people who possess captive wildlife for their own
personal use and enjoyment - from having to demonstrate "sustained
and consistent" commercial activity to be licensed to possess
The Commission directed staff to bring final rules
back to the April meeting in Havana. For more information on the
FWC's captive wildlife regulations, go to MyFWC.com/Rules.