.20 Release of Animals.

A. When, in the judgment of the rehabilitator, after discussion with the rehabilitator's veterinarian consultant, an injured or sick animal has sufficiently recovered, or an orphaned animal has matured to the point that it has a reasonable chance to survive in the wild, the animal shall be released immediately in a suitable habitat as near as possible to the point where the animal was captured.

B. Rehabilitated animals may not be transported across a state line to be released, or for any other purpose, unless prior approval has been obtained from the Department.