FWC improves communication about captive wildlife facilities
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Media contact: Katie Purcell, 850-459-6585
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) approved a final rule regarding captive wildlife
facility requirements Wednesday in Pensacola Beach.
During the morning portion of the meeting, Capt.
John West of the FWC's Captive Wildlife Section presented staff
recommendations for the rule. Commissioners had concerns regarding
conflicts between the FWC and county jurisdiction, so the decision
was deferred until the meeting's afternoon portion.
"We need to ensure that we keep separate the areas
that we manage and those that the counties manage," Commissioner
Kathy Barco said. "But I agree with the proposed changes as
The new rule requires new Class I or II wildlife
facilities to submit a "Facility Location Information" form. The
form will help start a dialogue between local
counties/municipalities and the applicant on local building and
zoning codes for the construction of a facility. Also, the FWC will
notify the appropriate county or municipality when it receives an
application for a new facility.
West had several suggestions for the rule,
including eliminating the 25-day time frame in which counties are
expected to respond to the FWC, deleting "zoned solely for
residential use" language and requiring applicants to complete and
submit a Facility Location Information form that will be sent to
"The proposed changes will help to ensure that
facility owners work with local governments on the appropriate
building and zoning requirements before captive wildlife facilities
are constructed," West said. "This will also allow counties to
regulate land use and the FWC to regulate the captive
Over the past year, FWC employees worked with
representatives from the Florida Association of Counties, local
governments and other stakeholders on changes to the county-related
captive wildlife rules.
More information about FWC captive wildlife
regulations is available at MyFWC.com/Rules.