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Thursday, June 12, 2014

California Department of Fish & Wildlife annual wildlife rehabilitation reports - Mary Cummins


California Department of Fish & Wildlife annual wildlife rehabilitation reports - Mary Cummins

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (formerly "Department of Fish and Game") maintains native fish, wildlife, plant species and natural communities for their intrinsic and ecological value and their benefits to people. This includes habitat protection and maintenance in a sufficient amount and quality to ensure the survival of all species and natural communities. The department is also responsible for the diversified use of fish and wildlife including recreational, commercial, scientific and educational uses.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife does not do wildlife rehabilitation. The Department licenses properly trained and experienced wildlife rehabilitators who do the actual work. Wildlife rehabilitators rescue ill, injured and orphaned wildlife for release back to the wild. All wildlife rehabilitators are volunteers who must pay for permits, cages, food, veterinary care... to rescue the animals. Wildlife rehabilitators receive no money or compensation from the Department or state to care for these animals.

Nicole Bowser Carion became the rehab coordinator in October 2004. Before that a warden in each of the six California regions was in charge of the rehabbers in that region. Animal Advocates is located in region five. We are the only facility licensed in the City of Los Angeles serving over 4.5 million people and over 500 square miles. Warden Joseph Baima was the rehab coordinator for region five up until 2004. Warden Joseph Baima did a wonderful job educating, aiding and permitting rehabbers in the region. He did an even better job making sure there was peace among the rehabbers.

Since Nicole Carion became the rehab coordinator the number of permitted rehabbers has decreased by 15%. Number of animals rescued has decreased by 16,358 or 20%. While the economy is probably one of the reasons the number of rehabbers decreased from 2008 to 2012, I believe Nicole Carion is the reason for the previous and continued decrease.

We have lost 15% of our permitted wildlife rehabilitators since Nicole Carion joined Fish & Wildlife. For this reason the number of animals rescued has dropped by 16,358 or 20%. I have been receiving more calls than ever before asking for help with wildlife but we have to refuse a great number of animals because we get full quickly. We take in between 700 and 1,300 mammals a year.

Nicole Carion made it more difficult and costly to become a rehabber. I don't believe the level of care of wildlife has increased. Nicole Carion added a lot more red tape to make it almost impossible for new people to receive permits. The only thing Nicole Carion has to do is file an annual report of the number of rehabbers and animals rescued each year. She was three years behind in her reports until I sent in an information act request to obtain the reports. She finally finished and posted the reports.

Nicole Carion stopped accepting applications for permits when she started. I was the last person permitted in 2003. My permit was signed January 2004. She did not approve a new permit for at least two years. While she is accepting applications I don't know if she is approving new permits. We desperately need new wildlife rehabilitators so we can save more of California's wildlife.

One of the main purposes for having wildlife rehabilitators is so that the public will not try to help the animals themselves. Inexperienced people could be bitten, scratched or attacked while trying to help. They could spread zoonotic diseases and parasites. While we don't have many cases of rabies in California we do have some rabid bats. A caring member of the public could easily be bitten by a dying rabid bat and not know to immediately get post-exposure rabies vaccinations. A caring member of the public also won't know how to properly raise wildlife for release back to the wild. We would end up with many illegal and possibly dangerous wild animals as pets.

Please, contact the directors at Fish & Wildlife to ask them to increase the number of wildlife rehabilitators. The head of the Fish & Wildlife Department is Charlton Bonham. Deputy Director is Kevin Hunting. Dan Yparraguirre is in charge of the wildlife branch which oversees Wildlife Rehabilitation. director@wildlife.ca.gov.


Year
Number of licensed rehabbers
Number of wild animals rescued
2004
116
83,000
2005
111
75,696
2006
108
69,153
2007
108
68,437
2008
114
70,233
2009
106
79,007
2010
100
71,458
2011
100
66,642
2012
99
No report
2013
98
No report
2014
95
No report
End of Year Reports
All wildlife rehabilitators in the State of California have had their permits renewed three times in six years with these same spelling errors. These are basic words. How can the wildlife rehabilitation coordinator for the State of California misspell these words, INDIGINOUS, REHABILIATION, REHABILIATATED, PUSUANT, WILDLIFE ANIMAL, RESONABLE, FACILITES Nicole Carion wildlife rehabilitation coordinator Fish and Wildlife can't spell. Nicole Kimberly Bowser Carion wife of Michael Carion.
Nicole Carion wildlife rehabilitation coordinator Fish and Wildlife can't spell. Nicole Kimberly Bowser Carion wife of Michael Carion.

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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