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Posted by Jerry Feldner on March 29, 1999 at 15:47:21:
In Reply to: Is that "endangered?" posted by Dave Burge on February 27, 1999 at 22:26:46:
As far as I know, Gila Monsters are not federally listed. Arizona and NM protect their Gilas, CA protects their subspecies and Nevada and Utah protect theirs. It is illegal in all four states to molest, capture, etc., Gilas although a few years ago, CA allowed people to breed H.s.suspectum until AZ got wind and had a gigantic fit. If you have a LEGITIMATE need for Gilas, you can get all you want from AZ Game and Fish. But it had better be legitimate. I am licensed on a yearly basis to remove "nuisance" Gilas but I have to turn them in to Adobe Mtn Wildlife Rehab facility ASAP. I can't keep a Gila for a year and then turn it in.
I know there are plenty of slimeballs who try to deal in Gilas and they naturally gravitate toward AZ. Like as not, they get caught up in the permanent sting operation being run all over the state to apprehend and incarcerate/fine lawbreakers. AZG&F would rather give away their surplus animals from Adobe Mtn than allow anybodyto collect Gilas. If you don't care about locality, take them from Adobe Mtn. If you must have animals from a specific area, you had best have some excellent reasons for needing them. GL