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Non-releasable Animal Approved for Placement

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife approves placement eligibility for all non-releasable animals. Please contact Nicole Carion, Senior Environmental Scientist at 1-530-357-3986 or Nicole.Carion@wildlife.ca.gov before you complete this form.

Extract from the Wildlife Rehabilitation Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)


  1. Any wildlife rehabilitator who wishes to exhibit non-releasable injured or orphaned animals originating in the wilds of California will be required to obtain a Native Species Exhibiting Permit, as per California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 671.1 (b)(7). Non-releasable birds require additional permission/permit from the USFWS.
    • a. Only wildlife determined to be permanently injured or non- releasable due to imprinting or habituation and is suitable for public exhibition will be considered for non-releasable status. That determination shall be made by the Department (contact the wildlife rehabilitation coordinator 530-357-3986). A veterinarian shall prepare a written document describing the permanent injury that qualifies the animal as non-releasable. A copy of the veterinarian’s document shall be forwarded to the Department within 7 days of the veterinarian’s classification.
    • b. In the unusual event that an animal is brought into a center imprinted or severely habituated, the Department shall be notified within 72 hours after the determination has been made. If an animal becomes imprinted or severely habituated during the rehabilitation process, the animal shall be either, transferred to another rehabilitation center (other than the responsible rehabilitator), euthanized or transferred to a Department-approved Native Species Exhibiting Permitee.
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