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Wildlife

Investigations of exposures or bites from wild animals to humans or domestic pets, especially those involving raccoons, foxes, bats, bobcats and skunks. Rabies testing of wildlife suspected of being rabies carriers which expose humans or pets. Referral of nuisance wildlife complaints to recognized professional wildlife rehabilitation organizations such as Saint Francis Wildlife Association, Inc., (850) 627-4151. Coordination with Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regarding general wildlife issues (850-245-7716).

Feeding Wildlife

As of June, 2002, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will start enforcing a ban on feeding bears, foxes, raccoons and sandhill cranes. Under Florida Administrative Code 68A (4.001) it is illegal to feed these types of animals, along with alligators and manatees. Those violating the law face 60 days in jail and fines up to $500. Feeding wild animals is a case of misplaced compassion because it is doing more harm than good. Wildlife may loose their fear of humans and pets, leading to unfortunate encounters. Foxes and raccoons are two of the three most common  carriers of rabies in Florida. Supplemental feeding also encourage wildlife to become dependent to handouts that are not part of their natural diets, which may lead to health problems. Complaints of people feeding foxes, raccoons, bears, sandhill cranes, alligators, or manatees should be reported to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (850-245-7716).