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WAC 232-12-064 Live Wildlife
Taking from the wild, importation, possession, transfer, holding in captivity.
(1) It is unlawful to take live wildlife (except unclassified marine invertebrates and fish), wild birds(except starlings, house sparrows and rock doves by falconers and bird dog trainers), or game fish from the wild without a permit provided for by rule of the commission and issued by the director.
(2) Unlawful taking of protected fish or wildlife is a misdemeanor.
So, what IS a wildlife emergency and what should you do?
Birds: The "a baby bird was found on the lawn/street/patio/etc., now what?" question. Let the experts handle it and in this case the expert is the wildlife parents. Many babies are left alone for long periods of time while the adult feeds. As baby birds are learning to fly, parent birds will feed their babies on the ground. Put cats in the house for 2 or 3 days until the birds move out of the area. You can put baby birds back in the nest. There's no truth to the myth that a parent bird will turn it's back on the baby if they detect human scent. If the entire nest falls, put it back in the same area in the tree so the parent bird can locate it. Often the parents know something about the baby that humans cannot discern. For example, a mother bird or squirrel may know that their baby will never survive on its' own and kick it out of the nest. While it is kind and compassionate to want to try and help the baby, it is better to let Nature do her thing. Ponti Veterinary Hospital accepts baby song birds ONLY if they are OBVIOUSLY injured. We take all types of Raptors for example hawks, eagles and owls. They are also known as birds of prey.
Here is a list of websites to help you with Wildlife questions.
http://www.awrc.org/ -- Alabama Wildlife Center is the state's oldest and largest rehabilitation center.
www.ibrrc.org -- then click on 'found a bird?'
www.iwrc-online.org -- Wildlife education, training and support for wildlife rehabilitators, liaison with wildlife professionals, organizations and agencies.
www.nwrawildlife.org -- Nonprofit organizatio n that provides support for rehabilitators and promotes quality and professionalism in wildlife rehabilitation.