St. Francis Wildlife halts admissions except for Rabies Vector Species

St. Francis Wildlife halts admissions except for Rabies Vector Species

Local wildlife and the people who care about them just took a double hit.

Last week, an injured lesser scaup 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 very contagious and untreatable disease. St. Francis Wildlife was forced to temporarily stop accepting wild birds in an effort to stop the disease’s spread.

This week, North Florida’s oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation center made the very difficult decision to temporarily stop admitting all animals, with the exception of Rabies Vector Species (RVS) — raccoons, foxes, skunks and bats — because they can pose a potential public health and safety concern.

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Our two Tallahassee veterinary partners, Northwood Animal Hospital and Allied Emergency Veterinary Hospital, temporarily will not accept any wild birds or animals.

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Every year, St. Francis Wildlife rescues and rehabilitates more than 3,000 injured, orphaned and sick wild animals with the goal of returning each to its natural wild home. About 2,000 of these are spring and summer babies.

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