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FWC approves draft rule to improve airport safety

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Media contact: Patricia Behnke, 850-251-2130

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved draft rules on Wednesday that will allow airports to take wildlife in emergency situations on airport property without a permit from the FWC. The draft rules will help airports avoid wildlife risks to human safety.

Under the current rules, if endangered or threatened wildlife pose a threat to human safety, the airport must receive a permit from the FWC to remove the wildlife.

For state-listed species, the draft rule allows the take of the wildlife in emergency situations without a permit. If the federal government protects wildlife, the take of the animals 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 posing a threat to aircraft and human safety.

The draft rules also address the methods of take not allowed, such as using pesticides not registered with Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

"I heard many positive comments from stakeholders," said Commissioner Kenneth Wright. "Staff did an excellent job of bringing everyone together to draft a good rule."

The Commission directed staff to bring the final rule back to the Commission at the June meeting in Lake Mary.

FWC Facts:
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