4.62 A healthy native animal removed from a development site, may be placed into temporary captive care at a facility approved for that purpose by the State Department of Natural Resources and/or US Fish & Wildlife Service for the following reasons:

a) during operational works, for ultimate relocation back to the original habitat site;
b) for the purposes of “soft release” into other appropriate habitat;
c) for the purposes of accumulation of sufficient indoivf iduaals to allow viable “colony” or family group, for relevant species.
d) pending definitive identification of an unidentified animal, or confirmation of species identification by the State Department of Natural Resources;
e) pending inclusion in an approved radio-tracking or research project;
f) pending approval by the State Department of Natural Resources for the euthanasia of healthy native fauna (see section 4.82 below);
(g) for any other reason justifiable on animal welfare or ecological grounds.

4.63 Notwithstanding section 4.62 above, a healthy native animal should be held in temporary care only for the minimum amount of time required to achieve the relevant objective. Animal care related health issues, conditioning/imprinting and loss of survival skills and muscle tone may be consequences of excessive periods in captivity, leading to reduced survival following release.

Euthanasia of animals

4.64 In some circumstances, the euthanasia of some animals removed from a development site is the most appropriate or humane option or may be required by law. Reasons for euthanasia of animals may include:

(a) The animal is either feral, and/or a declared pest.
(b) The animal is suffering from injuries or illness sufficient to warrant euthanasia on humane grounds.
(c) The animal is unlikely to survive if released back into the wild.
(d) Euthanasia is required by law.

4.65 Euthanasia of animals must be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Euthanasia of healthy protected fauna

4.66 The euthanasia of healthy native animals must be performed only as a last resort as no other approved alternative measure is possible, or as required by state laws.

4.67 Dependent neonates of animals being killed must also be killed, or appropriate provision made for their care, in accordance with the relevant Suggested Protocol.