Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization course

A 3-day Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization course, taught by Dr. Mark Johnson of Global Wildlife Resources, will be hosted by Wolf Haven in October. This year’s course will take place October 22-24, with an optional free Monday workshop on October 21.

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.

Student examining wolf during lab.

Student examining wolf during lab.

Register / More Information:
Applications for the course will be available on this website on Monday 1.

Course content includes:

  • Five-step preparation for field operations
  • Legal responsibilities
  • Professionalism
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Immobilizing drugs
  • Patient monitoring
  • Marking sampling
  • Veterinary emergencies
  • Euthanasia
  • 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:

  1. Promoting and improving animal welfare (in a non-prescriptive manner) in programs and activities relating to wildlife research and management.
  2. Teaching the highest quality courses in wildlife capture, chemical immobilization and handling.
  3. Providing professional preparation and field assistance with wildlife captures, transport, and disease investigations.

 

Accessible Weekend Getaways include Wolf Haven

Printed scripts and a limited number of manual wheelchairs are available upon request in the sanctuary store. Please note that service animals are not permitted in the sanctuary for the safety and comfort of all of the animals and the sanctuary’s guests.

photo by Accessible Family Travel

photo by Accessible Family Travel

A Midsummer’s Night 2019- SOLD OUT

Admission to our Midsummer’s Night events is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist (for possible cancellations), call 360.264.4695 x220 or click on the Book Now button.

Wolf Haven’s Summer Event

Our premiere summer event, A Midsummer’s Night, offers guests the opportunity to see wolves, hear them howl, learn their stories, eat delicious food, walk through native prairie, camp overnight – and repeat in the morning. Twenty guests have an incredible opportunity to engage in a deeper way with our organization and support our mission.

A Midsummer’s Night reflects the heart of what it means to be a sanctuary. As an accredited sanctuary, our philosophy is that the animals always come first. The resident animals of Wolf Haven are given every opportunity to behave as naturally as possible in a protective environment.  By keeping the group small, our guests can have a deeper, more intimate experience with our sanctuary, wolves, animal care staff and prairie – yet this will seem routine to our resident animals.

2019 Dates:

All dates begin on Saturday night and conclude Sunday morning.

  • June 22 (adults only)
  • July 20
  • July 27
  • August 10
  • August 24 (adults only)

Admission:

  • $100/person for adults
  • $90/person for youth (ages 4-18 – this event is NOT recommended for young children)

Included with admission:

  • dinner
  • an enrichment visit in the sanctuary with animal care staff
  • a prairie walk
  • overnight camping
  • a continental breakfast
  • morning sanctuary visit.

For more information, call 360.264.4695 x220 or email info@wolfhaven.org.

Due to the limited number of admissions and the enormous popularity of the event, there will be NO refunds given for this event. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

 

 

March World of Wolves – Preserving genes and ensuring health

In the last week in February, a remarkable team of reproductive specialists, veterinarians, biologists, local volunteers and Wolf Haven staff gathered at our McCleery Ranch in Bridger, Montana.

Collecting & preserving genes

Collecting & preserving genes

Volunteer of the Quarter – Kieran Lynch

by Dan Monn, Animal Care, Gift Shop & Volunteer Assistant

Wolf Haven International is very lucky to have an amazing and diverse group of volunteers. Our newest Volunteer of the Quarter, Kieran, also happens to be one of our youngest, yet the first day I met him, he told me he would have started much sooner if he could.  He had quite a wait to meet the age requirement (17), given he wanted to be a volunteer at Wolf Haven ever since visiting in the 5th grade.  Knowing his time commitments as a Senior at Black Hills High School with other interests, we are honored that he commits as much time volunteering at Wolf Haven as he does.

Managing his time between school, marching band and working toward his pilot’s license Kieran still spends most Sundays helping us at the docent table.  He does a great job engaging and interacting with our guests as they wait for their scheduled sanctuary visits.  He has a warm and friendly personality that makes him very approachable for any who are interested in learning a little more during their time with us.

Beyond his interactions with the guests, Kieran also does a lot to help around the grounds.  He arrives a couple hours before each docent shift to do some extra work. Usually it is a lot of weeding and pulling blackberry, though some Sundays our Sanctuary Manager Erik Wilber, will steal him to help with a special project.  This led to one of Kieran’s favorite memories.  Recently working with Erik, Kieran got to help with the preparation for our newest wolf enclosure.  This “glamorous” job involved brush clearing in preparation for Southgate Fence Inc. to set posts, hauling away limbs and clearing brambles and blackberry. He was excited to contribute as we work to provide more space and flexibility for the care of the wolves – and WE are excited to have the help of such a dedicated volunteer.

February World of Wolves – Your Gift Did This

With the additional funds raised, Wolf Haven has been able to restructure and enlarge living space, separate large groups into smaller ones, build corridors connecting enclosures and a beautiful new deck pen, reinforce fencing and build an entirely new enclosure.Shelter box (opened) for new wolf enclosure.

Shelter box (opened) for new wolf enclosure.

January World of Wolves – moving wolves from PA to WA to MT

The original wolves at this sanctuary lived in Kane, Pennsylvania. How did their ancestors end up across the country in Montana?

One of the Montana wolves in the snow

One of the Montana wolves in the snow

A wolf called London – blog by Jenny Landor