Yellow Bird: Helping wildlife in North Dakota
"If you find an injured bird beside the road, should you rescue it by taking it to a rehabilitation facility? That’s the question North Dakota is wrestling with, in the wake of Herald staff writer Brad Dokken’s story in the Nov. 30 Herald.

Dokken wrote of Terry Pulver of Mountain, N.D., who — despite many years of experience in helping injured wild animals — was turned down for a wildlife rehabilitation permit by the state Game and Fish Department. Game and Fish no longer issues such permits, Dokken reported. That makes North Dakota one of only a handful of states that don’t routinely license wildlife rehabilitators.

I’m inclined to sympathize with Pulver. Give her the license. What’s the harm?

say this because I respect and admire the birds and wild animals that share this earth with us. I stand with retired veterinarian and wildlife rehabilitator Kathy Day, who told Dokken that we must take responsibility for our actions that affect birds and animals, especially when those actions cause harm."

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Dorreen Yellow Bird: Where is the harm in rehabilitating wildlife? (The Grand Forks Herald 12/6)

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