St. Francis Wildlife suspends admissions, except for rabies vector species

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

Last week, an injured duckling found on Georgia Street in Tallahassee and then taken to the Quincy Wildlife Rehabilitation Center tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), a highly contagious disease with no cure. St. Francis Wildlife was forced to temporarily stop accepting wild birds in an effort to stop the spread of the disease.

This week, North Florida’s oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation center made the very difficult decision to temporarily stop admitting all animals except rabies vector species (RVS ) – raccoons, foxes, skunks and bats – as 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, will temporarily not be accepting any birds or wild animals.

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

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