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FWC passes rules to improve airport safety

News Release

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved rules on Wednesday allowing airports to take wildlife in emergency situations on airport property. The new rules will help airports avoid wildlife risks to human safety.

Currently, if endangered or threatened wildlife poses a threat to human safety, the airport must receive a permit from the FWC to remove the wildlife.

Under the new rules, in emergency situations, the take of state-listed species will be allowed without a permit. If the federal government protects the wildlife, the take will fall under the authorization or permit of the federal government, and additional state authorization will not be required. In addition, the take of all other wildlife will be allowed, if there is a threat to aircraft and human safety.

The new rules also address the methods of take that cannot be used, such as pesticides not registered with Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The new rules will go into effect later this summer.



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