The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is planning to change the rules for handling endangered species.
The department is preparing to offer a blanket permit for “incidental takings” of endangered species, such as when surveys are being taken or when breeding is needed to regulate the population.
The blanket permit would allow people to handle endangered species, by removing or relocating animals and plants. These species would only be removed when they are in danger or when something is built that is disturbing the environment.
Currently, anyone willing to handle endangered animals needs to get individual licenses and approval for each project. The blanket permit allows people to do it year-round with a report required at the end of the year.
The Department of Natural Resources has insisted conservation measures will be followed and that the new changes will not harm endangered species.
[Source: Wisconsin State Journal; Madison.com; Wisconsin DNR]