HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Wildlife rehabilitators in Alabama are breathing a collective sigh of relief.
This past weekend, state wildlife managers recommended to the Conservation Advisory Board over the weekend that six out of seven wild animals put on a ban list last year be taken off that list.
This is an issue that WHNT NEWS 19 has been following closely since last summer.
The species ban included raccoons, skunks, opossum, fox, bobcat, coyote and feral pigs, all native to the state.
The Conservation Department‘s Advisory Board met in Montgomery on Saturday, March 1st.
Managers recommended to them taking all but one of the animals off the ban list.
“We’re very happy,” said Janet Stratman, a member of North Alabama Wildlife Rehabilitators.
She said word of the proposed changes comes at a perfect time.
“Babies are going to start coming in and we so appreciate conservation willing to work with us,” said Stratman. “We know that they’ve had to make some concessions. We’ve had to make concessions and we are very grateful.”
Feral pigs are still banned.
Wildlife managers say the pigs are dangerous and destructive to other animals, people and property.
Managers also recommended several changes regarding hunting.
They include reducing the deer harvest from two doe per day to one on public land and similar changes for national forest service lands, such as Bankhead National Forest. The deer harvest there would be reduced from two deer per day to one.
Managers also recommended a decrease in the bag limit for quail on public land from 12 per day to eight.
On the other hand, an area west of I-65 in Morgan County that has been closed to turkey hunting is now open to it.
It’s important to note these were recommendations only. The advisory board did not take any action.
Members will approve, decline, or change the recommendations at their next public meeting, which is likely to occur within the next 45 days.