People who care for specific wildlife, such as falcons, with a valid provincial or federal permit are one step closer to having an exemption in the city bylaw.
During Monday’s executive committee meeting, executive approved Coun. Heather Eby’s motion to authorize the city to prepare an amendment to the Livestock Bylaw, Bylaw 4251, to make an exemption for individuals with a valid provincial or federal permit allowing the keeping of certain animals under specified conditions.
Eby said she made the motion “based on the confirmations we received” that they had asked for previously.
The city’s report to executive said the wildlife branch of the environment ministry confirmed that any permits issued are in accordance with The Captive Wildlife Regulations and they are held to strict conditions.
If applicable, individuals with permits may need to be supervised by a veterinary professional. The report said conservation officers conduct site visits before a permit is issued to “ensure that proper accommodations are in place and any risk to public safety is addressed.”
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.