2018 Blog

ACTION ALERT: Wausau, WI

UPDATE from 2/18/19: Good news! Thanks to all those who opposed this ordinance and educated officials, the proposal was not approved and another draft will be written. We will provide updates as they become available. The City of Wausau, Wisconsin is proposing a ban on all constrictor snakes, venomous snakes including non-medically significant rear-fanged species […]

FWC Proposal Updates

FWC Proposal Updates

UPDATE 2/21/19: The Commissioners voted to list the yellow anaconda as a prohibited species. Current owners must register their animals with FWC to have their ownership grandfathered. Prohibited species may only be possessed or imported into the state for research or qualifying public exhibit. You can find the full regulation at www.flrules.org/gateway/chapterhome.asp?chapter=68-5. Per the regulation, “No person […]

Texas Proposed Wildlife Changes: Turtles

Texas Proposed Wildlife Changes: Turtles

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has proposed changes to Chapter 65 of the Texas Administrative Code (T.A.C.) regarding four species of turtles. These species are: red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans); common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina); smooth softshell (Apalone mutica), and; spiny softshell (Apalone spinifera). We have provided the full details below but to summarize: These four […]

Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2018

HR6362 has been introduced and is titled the “Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2018.” The bill was introduced by Representative Elise Stefanik and there were no cosponsors upon introduction. A companion bill, S3210, was introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. It also had no cosponsors upon introduction. These bills are yet another flawed approach […]

Action Alert: Arkansas

Action Alert: Arkansas

Meeting: June 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM AGFC Headquarters 2 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 Subject: Suspension of import permits and review/amending of wildlife regulations Summary: The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) Director and staff are recommending that the Commission temporarily (120 days) suspend issuing any Wildlife Importation Permits (except for accredited […]