Rules and Regulations Governing Wildlife Rehabilitation


Title 250 Department of Environmental Management
Chapter 60 Fish and Wildlife
Subchapter 00 N/A
Part 1 Rules and Regulations Governing Wildlife Rehabilitation
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Proposed View Active Rule
Filing Notice Date 04/12/2021
Filing Hearing Date(s) 05/11/2021
Public Comment Dates 04/12/2021 to 05/17/2021

Regulation Authority :

R.I. Gen. Laws Chapters 42-17.1, 42-17.6, R.I. Gen. Laws 20-1-4, 20-1-18, 20-1-22, 20-37-3

Purpose and Reason :

The proper care of sick, orphaned, displaced, or injured wild animals requires special knowledge, skills and facilities not possessed by the general public.  Specially trained individuals, collectively called wildlife rehabilitators provide for the care or injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning them to the wild.  The prupose of the regulations is to establish the standards under which wildlife rehabilitators may be permitted to remporarily possess wildlife protected by the Department under RI Gen. Laws Chapter 20-1, and to insure the safety and welfare of those animals under their care as well as the health and safety of themselves and the general public.


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