FAQ: CCAC guidelines on: the care and use of wildlife

These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been developed as a tool to assist investigators and members of animal care committees (ACCs) in the implementation of the CCAC guidelines on: the care and use of wildlife (2003).

The FAQs provide a generic response to the many comments and questions received by the CCAC during the development of the CCAC guidelines on: the care and use of wildlife (2003). Questions were received both as part of the widespread review of the guidelines and also at the various workshops held across Canada on the subject of wildlife guidelines.

If you do not find the answer to your question here, please contact the CCAC and we will be pleased to provide assistance. These FAQs will be updated regularly and will continue to reflect questions asked by ACCs and investigators in implementation of the CCAC guidelines on: the care and use of wildlife (2003).

  1. Why do some guidelines contain ‘must’ and others contain ‘should’?arrow
  2. What is the intention of ‘veterinary consultation’ and ‘veterinary supervision’ as described in the guidelines?arrow
  3. Is it within the CCAC’s mandate to include population management, problem animal control and other forms of wildlife management? The objectives of pest management might run exactly counter to the guidelines outlined in this document.arrow
  4. In the wildlife management context, what is the difference between ‘protocols’ and ‘standard operating procedures’ (SOPs)?arrow
  5. Review of protocolsarrow
  6. ‘Appropriately trained’ and ‘adequately trained or experienced’ are mentioned in the guidelines — is the determination of this left to the discretion of the investigator, ACC or wildlife agency?arrow
  7. The requirement for two or more field biologists on an ACC is unrealistic.arrow
  8. Level of invasiveness and observational activitiesarrow
  9. What does traditional knowledge and returning knowledge to local communities have to do with animal care and use?arrow
  10. Why are human safety concerns in the guidelines?arrow
  11. Why are investigators asked to submit an annual progress report to the animal care committee?arrow
  12. What are ‘best practices’ and how can investigators and ACCs be sure that the most appropriate methods are used in the field?arrow