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Update-Complaint 7/17/12

April 22, 2012 in Admin

Update: on 7/17/12 Complaint

Monday, October 1, 2012 3:38 PM

Thank you for contacting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The response to your concerns appears below.

If this issue is not resolved to your satisfaction, please reply and let us know how we can assist you. You may follow the link below to login and check the status of your account.

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On behalf of the Commissioners of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), thank you for your email informing us of your concerns regarding the welfare of the wildlife at Big Cat Rescue (BCR).

We appreciate your input in making sure that all wildlife maintained at the above facility is properly cared for. As with any licensee, BCR must meet all captive wildlife regulations. In order to obtain a permit to possess exotic wildlife in captivity, strict requirements must be met by the owner, some include being financially responsible, having ample training and experience, providing reference letters and establishing disaster response plans. The land used for the facilities must also meet local zoning and acreage requirements, and cages must be appropriate in size and design for the animals enclosed in them.

At this time, we are drafting a letter to all native wildlife rehabilitators in Florida, to remind them of the requirements in Rule 68A-9.006, Florida Administrative Code, specifically that the exhibition of native wildlife undergoing rehabilitation or medical treatment is prohibited. BCR, as a permitted rehabilitator, will be included as a recipient of this letter.

FWC takes any potential violations seriously and reviews new complaints closely. We are looking into your concerns, and at this time have forwarded the complaints we have received to our Southwest Region’s Investigative staff for review. The reference Offense Number for this ongoing investigation is FWSW12OFF9040. Please use this reference number to follow-up with the case.

We appreciate your concerns regarding this matter. If you have any further questions, please call Investigator Jason Marlow at (850) 488-6253, or write to him at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, Captive Wildlife Office, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600.

Sincerely,
FWC Citizen Services

 

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