CHICAGO (CBS) — The head of a well-known local wildlife center has called on state lawmakers to pass a “Good Samaritan” law to deal with people who want to transport injured or orphaned animals to rehabilitation centers like hers.
A trial has been scheduled in LaSalle County later this month, for a man accused of breaking the law by taking two injured baby bald eagles to a wildlife center.
Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center executive director Dawn Keller said that’s just one example of why a Good Samaritan law is needed.
Keller said, under current Illinois law, even if you just picked up an injured or sick wild animal and took it to a center like Flint Creek, you could face arrest. She said, in most cases, that doesn’t happen, but it could.
“There is a Good Samaritan law on the federal level, but in Illinois there is not one, and because Illinois is more restrictive, Illinois law in this regard rules,” she said.