St. Francis Wildlife Stops Shooting Except for Rabies Vector Species

Local wildlife and the people who care about them just got a double whammy.

Last week, an injured small bald duck found on Georgia Street in Tallahassee and then taken to the wildlife rehabilitation center in Quincy tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), a highly contagious and untreatable disease. St. Francis Wildlife was forced to temporarily stop accepting wild birds in an effort to stop the spread of the disease.

This week, North Florida’s oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation center made the very difficult decision to temporarily stop admitting all animals except Rabies Vector Species (RVS) – raccoons, foxes, skunks and bats – because they are a potential public health and security concerns.

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Our two veterinary partners in Tallahassee, Northwood Animal Hospital and Allied Emergency Veterinary Hospital, are temporarily not accepting wild birds or animals.

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