(1) Requirement. No person may take any wild animal from the wild except as authorized under a bird hunting preserve license, a wild fur farm license, a rehabilitation license, or a scientific research license or under s. 29.319 .
(2) Exemption for certain wild animals. A person is exempt from the requirement under sub. (1) if the wild animal that the person takes from the wild is a native wild animal that is exempt under s. 169.04(4)(a) .
(3) Exemption for certain persons and institutions. (a) Each of the following is exempt from the requirement under sub. (1):
1. A veterinarian, for the purpose of providing medical treatment to wild animals.
2. The department.
(b) For purposes of par. (a)1., “medical treatment” does not include rehabilitation.
(4) Inapplicability to certain wild animals. (a) This section does not authorize the taking of harmful wild animals.
(b) The taking of native wild reptiles and native wild amphibians is subject to s. 169.12 and not to this section.
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