The state of Alabama recently changed its policy toward rehabilitating certain types of wildlife, including raccoons, and the edict has left state "rehabbers" upset and defiant. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says any registered groups or individuals who help the designated animals recover from injury should instead ignore or euthanize them. Officials say they are trying to help prevent rabies and support the cycle of life. "People need to learn to let nature take its course," Ray Metzler from Alabama's DCNR told The New York Times.
In addition to raccoons, the list includes feral pigs, coyotes, bats and foxes. Raccoons are often orphaned as land is cleared or their mothers are hit by a car. The critters are helped by rehabbers and released back into the wild at adolescence. "A Ford truck is not nature taking its course," rehabber April Russ said. "If somebody brings me a baby raccoon, I'm not going to turn it away. It's a death sentence," Russ' husband John said. [Source]
See today's most shared stories on Facebook