|Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates
The City of Los Angeles Approves a New Wildlife Policy
8/24/2004 2:50:00 PM
LOS ANGELES, Aug 24, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Los Angeles Animal Services Commission yesterday unanimously approved a new wildlife policy for the city. Under the new policy, the department will allow wildlife rehabilitators licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game to respond to calls from members of the public, and take ill, injured and orphaned wildlife from city animal shelters. Additionally, the department will only issue trapping permits to trap animals that are ill, injured, orphaned, or pose an immediate threat to public safety. Animal Services will no longer issue permits to trap healthy wildlife that pose no threat. As per Fish and Game regulations, all healthy trapped wildlife taken to the shelter legally would have been killed. Mary Cummins
LA Animal Services Commission Vice President Alex Rubalcava said, “Animal Services’ new wildlife policy reflects our desire to teach city residents how to co-exist with the native wildlife in their communities, and minimize the flow of animals into our shelters. Working with rehabbers — who have the requisite knowledge and experience, as well as licensing from Fish and Game — was the perfect way to achieve our goal of returning animals to their habitats instead of being forced to euthanize them. Our thanks go out to Animal Advocates, The Urban Wildlands Group, and others who helped us devise this program.” Mary Cummins.
Mary Cummins, President of Animal Advocates, first submitted the proposed wildlife policy over two years ago. Cummins stated “Animal Advocates is very pleased to have been able to help the city implement a plan to save the city’s wildlife. We would like to thank Mayor Hahn, City Council members, LA Animal Services commissioners, members of the Wildlife Committee, The Urban Wildlands Group and the Department for their help in approving this much needed new policy.” “We applaud this forward-looking effort to live more harmoniously with the City’s wildlife,” said Catherine Rich, Executive Officer of The Urban Wildlands Group. Mary Cummins.
The Wildlife Committee is currently looking for more licensed wildlife rehabilitators to help pick up and rehabilitate the wildlife. They also need people to answer inquiries from the public in regard to nuisance wildlife issues.
SOURCE: Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates
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