Three months ago US Fish and Wildlife came and seized injured, blind and unflighted birds from my house without any warning because these birds, which are not endangered, are protected under the Migratory Bird Act. I have rescued ravens and crows for 8 years, giving them medical care and sanctuary at a great financial and personal cost to me. I was in the process of being permitted Federally. They euthanized the birds which couldn't be returned to the wild, even though my 20 ft. by 12 ft. outdoor aviary is equipped for handicapped birds. Corvids are not allowed to be kept by private parties. I'm not a hoarder, I let these birds have life, and the ones that were rehabilitated were set free.
I have one non-indigenous raven, Edgar, which the Federal Government said I could keep. He is an African Pied Crow/Brown necked raven hybrid. This morning, a California State Fish and Game warden came to my door to take my raven saying that I don't have a state permit and they want to take him and euthanize him, and if I don't comply I'm threatened with a misdemeanor citation.
CA FGD want to to seize and euthanize a non-native pet raven that I have had for 6 years. I had no knowledge of needing a permit for this bird, as it is no different than owning a parrot. It is legal in other states to possess an African raven. The bird does not go outside, is healthy and happy with me. I just want to get my Restricted Species permit to legally possess a non- native raven
All I'm asking is for Fish and Game to give me the permit needed to keep my raven. Please write them with my request for a permit. Thank you.
Director CA Fish and Game: firstname.lastname@example.org
State of California Fish and Game Department
Law Enforcement Division
4665 Lampson Avenue, Suite C
Los Alamitos, CA 90720