Possession of wild animals in the city pending more information

Lisa Goudy
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Possession of exotic and wild animals was amid discussion during Monday’s executive committee meeting.

Executive unanimously voted in favour of Coun. Terry Coleman’s motion to table a decision to possibly amend The Livestock Bylaw to allow people with federal or provincial permits to have wildlife on their premises pending more information from the environment ministry.

Moose Jaw citizen Larry Going, a member of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan (WRSOS) addressed executive requesting an amendment to Bylaw No. 4251, The Livestock Bylaw. He requested that the bylaw be modified to include rehabilitation of wildlife, as approved by the local conservation officer and the provincial environment ministry.

“The conservation officers when you apply for and if you’re granted a permit, check the premises, check the enclosures you have and decide the suitability of what wildlife you can have,” said Going. “If anyone got injured, any repercussions come back on them … They do not give these permits out easily.”

In a report from administration, it stated that like most cities in the province, Moose Jaw has a Livestock Bylaw prohibiting raising or keeping livestock within the city with typical exemptions for domesticated animals such as dogs and cats.

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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