A 3-day Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization for Wildlife Professionals course, taught by Dr. Mark Johnson of Global Wildlife Resources, is held annually at Wolf Haven during the month of October. This year’s course took place October 24-26, and there was an optional free Monday workshop with guest speakers on October 23. Their topics ranged from the humane handling of bears and cougars to the dynamics of black bear population dynamics in the North Cascades.
Classroom lecture and hands-on labs focus on the needs of researchers and managers to understand the skills and equipment associated with wildlife capture, physical restraint, and chemical immobilization. The course also covers each aspect of animal handling such a radio-collaring, weighing, sample collection and patient monitoring.
It is intended for wildlife agency personnel and other wildlife professionals, federal, state and tribal wildlife personnel; zoo and sanctuary employees and volunteers; animal control officers; and university students. Course includes course notebook and labs each day. Participants receive a Certificate of Training upon course completion.
Register / More Information:
For information about the 2018 Wildlife Handling course, contact Linda Saunders, Director of Conservation, 360.264.4695 x216.
Course content includes:
- Five-step preparation for field operations
- Legal responsibilities
- Drug delivery systems
- Immobilizing drugs
- Patient monitoring
- Marking sampling
- Veterinary emergencies
- Human safety
- Ethical issues
- Honoring each animal through equipment and techniques
About Global Wildlife Resources, Inc.
Global Wildlife Resources, Inc. (GWR) is a progressive organization dedicated to supporting wildlife professionals and bringing honor, care, and respect to those animals affected by research and management by:
- Promoting and improving animal welfare (in a non-prescriptive manner) in programs and activities relating to wildlife research and management.
- Teaching the highest quality courses in wildlife capture, chemical immobilization and handling.
- Providing professional preparation and field assistance with wildlife captures, transport, and disease investigations.