FWC passes rules to improve airport safety
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) approved rules on Wednesday allowing airports to
take wildlife in emergency situations on airport property. The new
rules will help airports avoid wildlife risks to human safety.
Currently, if endangered or threatened wildlife
poses a threat to human safety, the airport must receive a permit
from the FWC to remove the wildlife.
Under the new rules, in emergency situations, the
take of state-listed species will be allowed without a permit. If
the federal government protects the wildlife, the take 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 there is a
threat to aircraft and human safety.
The new rules also address the methods of take that
cannot be used, such as pesticides not registered with Florida's
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The new rules will go into effect later this