Thursday, August 28, 2008

More than 97% of Floridians do not kill for sport

Please be advised that proposed hunting and fishing rule changes for the 2009-10 Season are now available for public review on the FWC Website.  This review period will remain open until October 1, 2008.

Public review is also open on changes to the marine Special Activity License (SAL) rules. 

Those with comments should use the comment form online and submit their comments electronically.

If anyone has a question please feel free to contact me.

David Arnold

Rules Administrator

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Office of Policy and Stakeholder Coordination

(850)488-8871


http://myfwc.com/CONTACT/Contact_Rules_ProposedComment09_10.asp


Carole's Note:

Please let Florida's Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission know that Florida's wildlife belongs to the 97% of Floridians who do not kill for sport. 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Please stop more Cheetahs from being carted around the globe

[Federal Register: August 22, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 164)]
[Notices]
[Page 49698-49699]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-IA-2008-N0209; 96300-1671-0000-P5]


Receipt of Applications for Permit

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of applications for permit.

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SUMMARY: The public is invited to comment on the following applications
to conduct certain activities with endangered species.

DATES: Written data, comments or requests must be received by September
22, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Documents and other information submitted with these

[[Page 49699]]

applications are available for review, subject to the requirements of
the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act, by any party who
submits a written request for a copy of such documents within 30 days
of the date of publication of this notice to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Division of Management Authority, 4401 North Fairfax Drive,
Room 212, Arlington, Virginia 22203; fax 703/358-2281.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Division of Management Authority,
telephone 703/358-2104.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Endangered Species

The public is invited to comment on the following applications for
a permit to conduct certain activities with endangered species. This
notice is provided pursuant to Section 10(c) of the Endangered Species
Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. ). Written data,
comments, or requests for copies of these complete applications should
be submitted to the Director (address above).

Applicant: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fish and Wildlife
Forensics Laboratory, Ashland, OR, PRT-053639.

The applicant requests renewal of a permit to export/re-export and
import/re-import any endangered or threatened species for the explicit
purpose of forensics activities which will directly or indirectly
enhance the survival of the species in the wild. This notification
covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a five-year
period.

Applicant: Metro Richmond Zoo, Moseley, VA, PRT-189831.

The applicant requests a permit to import two male captive-bred
cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) from the De Wildt Cheetah Breeding Center,
South Africa for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the
species.

Applicant: Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati, OH, PRT-185761.

The applicant requests a permit to import various biological
samples from captive-held and wild Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus
sumatrensis) from the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, Indonesia for the
purpose of scientific research and veterinary health evaluation. This
notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a
five year period.

Applicant: Martin K. Slaugh, Salt Lake City, UT, PRT-189851.

The applicant requests a permit to import the sport-hunted trophy
of one male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from a
captive herd maintained under the management program of the Republic of
South Africa, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the
species.

Dated: July 25, 2008.
Lisa J. Lierheimer,
Senior Permit Biologist, Branch of Permits, Division Management
Authority.
[FR Doc. E8-19523 Filed 8-21-08; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 4310-55-P


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12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

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Please stop more cats from being carted around the globe

[Federal Register: August 22, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 164)]
[Notices]
[Page 49698]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr22au08-94]

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-IA-2008-N0215; 96300-1671-0000-P5]


Receipt of Applications for Permit

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of applications for permit.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: The public is invited to comment on the following applications
to conduct certain activities with endangered species.

DATES: Written data, comments or requests must be received by September
22, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Documents and other information submitted with these
applications are available for review, subject to the requirements of
the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act, by any party who
submits a written request for a copy of such documents within 30 days
of the date of publication of this notice to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Division of Management Authority, 4401 North Fairfax Drive,
Room 212, Arlington, Virginia 22203; fax 703/358-2281.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Division of Management Authority,
telephone 703/358-2104.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Endangered Species

The public is invited to comment on the following applications for
a permit to conduct certain activities with endangered species. This
notice is provided pursuant to Section 10(c) of the Endangered Species
Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. ). Written data,
comments, or requests for copies of these complete applications should
be submitted to the Director (address above).

Applicant: The Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix, AZ, PRT-185747.

The applicant requests a permit to import one male jaguar (Panthera
onca) from Centro Ecologico de Sonora, Mexico, for the purpose of
scientific research and enhancement of the survival of the species.

Applicant: Wildlife Conservation Society, New York, NY, PRT-184950.

The applicant requests a permit to import one captive born male
snow leopard (Uncia uncia) from the Tierpark Berlin, Berlin, Germany,
for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species.

Applicant: John E. Yeagle II, Stansbury, UT, PRT-181041.

The applicant requests a permit to import the sport-hunted trophy
of one male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from a
captive herd maintained under the management program of the Republic of
South Africa, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the
species.

Applicant: Hawthorn Corporation, Grayslake, IL, PRT-182592, 182594,
182595, 182596, 058658, 058659, 058660, 058662, 058663, 058664, 058665,
058666, 058667, 058668, 058669, 058681, 058683, 058685, 058736, and
058780.

The applicant requests permits to re-issue and issue for export/re-
export and re-import tigers (Panthera tigris) to worldwide locations
for the purpose of enhancement of the species through conservation
education. The permit numbers and animals are: [New--182592, Sherkan;
182594, Sissy; 182595, Java2; 182596, Bo; Re-issue permits--058658,
Sampson; 058659, Neena; 058660, Samira; 058662, Tibor; 058663, Delhi;
058664, Bihar; 058665, Jasmine; 058666, Kiki; 058667, Nakita; 058668,
Vijay; 058669, Fabra; 058681, Obi; 058683, Amira; 058685, Mona; 058736,
Ravi; and 058780, Ceasar]. This notification covers activities to be
conducted by the applicant over a three-year period and the import of
any potential progeny born while overseas.

Dated: August 1, 2008.
Lisa J. Lierheimer,
Senior Permit Biologist, Branch of Permits, Division of Management
Authority.
[FR Doc. E8-19522 Filed 8-21-08; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 4310-55-P


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For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

http://www.BigCatRescue.org MakeADifference@BigCatRescue.org

Sign our petition to protect tigers from being farmed here:

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Savannahs Banned In Australia

Exotic cat breed banned

August 03, 2008 01:58pm

AN exotic breed of cat has been banned, with environment minister Peter Garrett calling it an extreme risk to native wildlife.

So-called "Savannah" cats are a cross between domestic cats and an African wildcat known as the serval.

They tend to be spotted with slightly larger ears than other cats and have become popular with some cat-lovers.

But environmentalists fear they retain the strong hunting instincts of their African ancestors and could interbreed with millions of feral cats already in Australia, which have wrought havoc on the country's indigenous wildlife.
 
"The risks associated with allowing this cross-bred cat into the country, when we already have up to 12 million feral cats wreaking havoc on native fauna, are simply too great," Mr Garrett said.
 
"That is why I have banned the import of these cats immediately."

He said the Savannah cat posed "an extreme threat to Australia's native wildlife".

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24120808-5005962,00.html

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Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
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to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

http://www.BigCatRescue.org MakeADifference@BigCatRescue.org

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Lawmaker works for tougher exotic animal regulations

Lawmaker works for tougher exotic animal regulations

State representative: Tiger attacks could have been prevented

By Sarah Whitney
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 9:36 AM CDT


The safety concerns raised after two separate tiger attacks occurred in Missouri within days of each other are nothing new to state Rep. Mike Sutherland of Warrenton.

Sutherland, R-99th District, has worked since 2004 to pass tougher requirements for people who own exotic animals in Missouri.

"It's kind of sad that (the attacks) could have been prevented," he said. "Maybe if we had had some oversight it wouldn't have happened."Last spring, Sutherland summarized the challenges he had faced over the years trying to pass a Large Carnivore Act, saying: "The first couple times it was hard to get people (in the House) to realize it was an issue. Once we did a little educating, people realized it was important. We were able to get a lot of support. When it got to the Senate we had to start that education process over again. Hopefully, this year we'll make some progress."

The 2008 bill, which has passed the House the past two years, failed in the Senate.

"Before, I'd always tried to tell people we needed to take care of this problem before a bad situation happened," Sutherland said Tuesday. "Now a bad situation has happened."

On Aug. 3, a tiger at Wesa-A-Geh-Ya animal facility in Warren County jumped out of his cage and attacked volunteer Jacob Barr, 26, of Warrenton. Barr lost his lower leg, and the tiger was shot and killed.

The next day, three tigers at Predator World in Branson mauled a 16-year-old worker, Dakota Ramel, after he entered their cage to take pictures for visitors. As of last week, he was in critical condition.

Sutherland said he hopes the consecutive attacks will make lawmakers more open to considering legislation.

"I'll remind people they had a chance to take care of it before," he said. "I think people will be open to some kind of oversight to try to keep this from happening again."

The current state law, chapter 578.023, allows people to own exotic animals provided they register them with local county officials.

"In many cases, we've found that the registration process is not happening or being enforced," Sutherland said. "It's hard if you don't know the animals are there to go and enforce it."

At a minimum, an updated law would need to provide oversight on how exotic animals are kept, who can come into contact with them and what kind of facilities the animals can be housed in, Sutherland said.

He said he is not necessarily opposed to banning people from keeping the animals in the state, but that the first priority is to ensure safety.

"People need to make sure nobody gets hurt," Sutherland said. "If they can't do that themselves, then the state has to regulate them."

http://warrentonjournal.stltoday.com/articles/2008/08/13/news/sj2tn20080813-0813war-leg0.ii1.txt

http://www.bigcatrescue.org

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Animal Activist Calls for Tougher Tiger Laws

Animal Activist Calls for Tougher Tiger Laws

Reported by: Jeremy Stevens
Friday, Aug 8, 2008 @09:16pm CST

Just days after a teenager is hospitalized from a possible tiger attack in Stone County, a local animal activist is now calling for tougher laws on where large exotic animals can be kept.
"Facilities like that need to have regulations,” says Lawanna Jones, “and they need to know that those regulations are going to be checked on and enforced.”

Lawanna Jones is a private contractor with "Big Cat Rescue" and says the incident, where a 16-year old employee was supposedly attacked by three tigers at the Branson Interactive Zoo and Aquarium-- should never have happened.

She says this facility known as "Predator World" promotes itself as a zoo, but needs more regulations for standard procedures and safety protocol.

For example, Jones shot video at predator to observe the animals. She says the walls would shake and rattle when the tigers jumped at them and the animals were not even full grown at the time.

“If that had gave way the Plexiglas and the tiger would have been right out in the sidewalk on people, not just with people but on people,” says Jones. “And what they had told me was prior to putting those cubs in there, the female tiger was in there."

Predator World didn't return our phone call to comment on this footage or the current condition of its facility.

We did reach state representative Bob Dixon who says he's concerned with employee and visitor safety in places like this.

A representative from Warren County is working to pass legislation that would add additional oversight and regulations to owning exotic animals.

Dixon says the legislation died the last two years but he’s looking to strengthen the bill and pass it through the General Assembly.

http://ozarksfirst.com/content/fulltext/?cid=45651

http://www.bigcatrescue.org/

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Legislator plans to re-introduce exotic animal bill

Legislator plans to re-introduce exotic animal bill

By Mike Penprase August 6, 2008
MPENPRASE@NEWS-LEADER.COM

Two recent tiger attacks in Missouri could prompt stronger support for a bill tightening controls over dangerous exotic animals, the legislator who has led the effort for several years said Wednesday.

Rep. Michael Sutherland, R-Warrenton, said a bill he sponsored in the past and will sponsor again would regulate exotics as pets and provide more state oversight of facilities such as those in Warrenton and Branson West where people were injured by tigers on Sunday and Monday.

“They would have been able to operate, but they would have had to operate under some pretty strict guidelines under the state as far as identification of the animals, and definitely a lot more regulations on how the facilities were kept and the type of facilities the animals were kept in, so the public didn’t have to worry about safety issues,” he said.

He had hoped legislation toughening regulations on dangerous exotic animals would become law before anyone was injured or killed.

“Unfortunately, it looks like we’ve waited too long, and we’ll have to be reactive,” Sutherland said in the aftermath of Monday’s attack on 16-year-old Dakoda Wood-Ramel at the Branson Interactive Zoo and Aquarium and a tiger attack Sunday at the Wesa-A-Geh-Yah center in Warrenton.

Wood-Ramel remains in critical condition in Cox South Hospital, while Warrenton sanctuary volunteer Jacob Barr lost his leg below one knee.

Wesa-A-Geh-Yah’s owner said Wednesday the facility has closed and the animals will be sent to other sanctuaries.

Closed Monday after Wood-Ramel was injured, the Branson West attraction re-opened Tuesday.

The only statewide regulation on dangerous exotic animals requires owners to register their animals with county sheriffs, Sutherland said, but he added sheriffs have more than enough to do to without having to check on the presence of big cats and other exotics.

Sutherland’s bill would increase penalties for not registering an animal in a bill covering a Noah’s Ark of animals, ranging from tigers and bears to other carnivores such as jaguars, mountain lions, ocelots, cheetahs, hyenas and wolves. The bill also covers non-human primates and dangerous or poisonous reptiles.

The bill also calls for sheriffs to maintain a registry of animals to inform the public and for use during emergencies. It would exempt traveling circuses, research facilities and educational institutions, research laboratories, veterinarians and zoos that are accredited with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums from having to register their animals.

The Branson West business is not an AZA member and has never applied for membership, an AZA spokesman said.

Owners of animals would not be allowed to take them onto public property and people who don’t own the animals or work as keepers would not be allowed to handle them.

While other legislators offered bills tightening control of exotics in Missouri, Sutherland said he’s been at the effort the longest, starting in 2003 after he was elected to the General Assembly.

Constituents at the first town hall meeting he held voiced concern about the Warrenton exotic animal facility, Sutherland said.

Although early efforts didn’t make it past the hearing stage, a companion bill introduced by Sen. Tom Dempsey in the last session gave the bill more support, Sutherland said.

“Probably in light of the current situation, it will probably push from both sides, the House and the Senate, next year,” he said. “I think there will be a lot more interest.”

Few other state regulations apply to such facilities.

The Missouri Department of Conservation requires people in possession of wildlife native to Missouri to register with the department, but Conservation has no oversight of non-native exotics, department spokesman Jim Low said.

And other than a regulation requiring that animal carcasses be disposed of properly, the Missouri Department of Agriculture has no regulations on dangerous exotics, state Veterinarian Dr. Taylor Wood said.

Sutherland said only the U.S. Department of Agriculture has any oversight over exotic animals through its inspections of facilities that have the animals.

But the fact that the Warrenton refuge continued to operate after the USDA revoked its license is an indication the agency has little clout, Sutherland said.

The USDA is taking complaints about the Branson West facility seriously, agency spokeswoman Brie German said.

“At this time, we’re looking into the incident,” she said.

German would not confirm if USDA inspectors had visited the attraction. Commenting further would compromise the agency’s examination of the incident, she said.

On Tuesday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked the USDA to investigate and consider revoking Branson Interactive Zoo and Aquarium’s license.

PETA cited several incidents to take that action, including the injury of a zoo volunteer by a black panther in 2003 and the escape of three wolves in 2007.

The Humane Society of the United States wants Missouri to ban private ownership of tigers and other dangerous wild animals, but considers Sutherland’s proposal encouraging, HUSA director of the exotic pets campaign Beth Preiss said.

“I would say legislation like that would be a step in the right direction,” she said.

Missouri lawmakers need to act soon because several nearby states including Kansas have enacted bans, and Missouri could become a dumping ground for exotic animals, she said.

Rep. Dennis Woods, R-Kimberling City, said Missouri needs to control private ownership of dangerous exotic animals, but he would oppose regulations that would affect the Branson West animal attraction.

Wood said he would support a ban on keeping large cats and other dangerous exotic animals as private pets, but not legislation that would threaten the Branson West attraction.

Wood said he has been to the Branson Interactive Zoo and Aquarium and knows the people who run it.

“This zoo in my district is the only opportunity my local kids have for that kind of exposure,” he said. “I want to be real careful we provide every protection there can be without the elimination of this exposure for the kids and people who might not ever have an opportunity to see a wild animal.”


http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200880806042

http://www.bigcatrescue.org

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Tiger attacks highlight need for stronger exotic animal laws

Tiger attacks highlight need for stronger exotic animal laws

Associated Press - August 5, 2008 8:14 PM ET

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two tiger attacks in Missouri have law enforcement and animal agencies calling for tougher exotic animal laws.

They say a patchwork of laws means no one agency is responsible for inspections and enforcement related to exotic animals.

A 16-year-old worker entered a tiger pen at the Predator World attraction in Branson West yesterday to take pictures for a visitor and was attacked. The teen, Dakota Ramel (RAM' ehl), remains in critical condition at a Springfield hospital.

In a separate incident, a 26-year-old volunteer, Jacob Barr, had part of his leg amputated after he was attacked by a tiger Sunday at the Wesa-A-Geh-Ya (WAY'-suh ah GEE'-yah) animal facility in Warren County. He is in satisfactory condition at a St. Louis hospital.

Investigations continue. No one has been charged in either instance.

http://www.koamtv.com/global/story.asp?s=8794679

http://www.bigcatrescue.org/

Monday, August 04, 2008

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Global Warming

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will soon make important decisions on how to manage wildlife on the frontline of climate change. Federal, tribal, state, regional, and local land managers, biologists, ecologists, surveyors, engineers, game and non-game wildlife enthusiasts should plan to attend. 

Join us August 20, to learn from experts with global, national, and statewide perspectives who will prepare us for the workshops on August 21.  Your contribution in one of these six workshops will guide FWC management and policy makers as they develop guidelines in their Climate Change Strategy Document.  Reports from FWC workshop leaders and Executive Director, Ken Haddad will conclude the summit on Friday, August 22.

Please be sure to register and arrange lodging at the Rosen PLAZA by
August 4 to guarantee a room.   You will not be billed until your arrival date.

Click here http://www.ces.fau.edu/floc/agenda.php to view our dynamic sessions, presenters, and workshops. 
Click here for information on accommodations at the Rosen PLAZA: http://www.ces.fau.edu/floc/accommodations.php
Click here to register: https://secure.ces.fau.edu/?pg=floc

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,
Chuck Collins
Regional Director
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

and
  
Doreen DiCarlo
Summit Coordinator
Florida Center for Environmental Studies
(561) 799-8553 Phone
ddicarlo@ces.fau.edu E-mail


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For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

http://www.BigCatRescue.org MakeADifference@BigCatRescue.org

Sign our petition to protect tigers from being farmed here:

http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=9952801&type=CU

This message contains information from Big Cat Rescue that may be
confidential or privileged. The information contained herein is intended
only for the eyes of the individual or entity named above.  You are hereby
notified that any dissemination, distribution, disclosure, and/or copying of
the information contained in this communication is strictly prohibited. The
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