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Subject: Wildlife Capture and Chemical Immobilization - SEPTEMBER (FIELD SESSIONS)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This immersive 4-day field course is designed to provide students a one-of-a-kind, hands-on learning experience capturing and chemically immobilizing wildlife. Prior to arriving at the Wildlife Science Center (WSC), students will attend an online course to prepare them for their visit. Online lectures will be delivered by Terry Kreeger, author of the Handbook of Wildlife Chemical Immobilization, which is internationally recognized as THE text book and field guide to wildlife chemical immobilization. At WSC, participants will participate in a series of interactive labs with some of the most prominent wildlife professionals in the United States. Our ALL-STAR instructors will teach participants about all practical aspects of capture and chemical immobilization, including safe capture techniques, pharmacology, delivery systems, patient monitoring, medical emergencies, and more. Several species will be used as ambassadors for learning, including cougars, black bears, wolves, and elk. YES, you will handle these animals!


Select the appropriate drugs and calculate the correct dosages for each species

Learn safety protocols associated with darting and drug handling, capture, and chemical immobilization

Become proficient in using a variety of projectors during a dart gun lab

Demonstrate proper patient care and monitoring

Learn how to draw blood and collect other tissue samples for disease monitoring and research

Understand how to properly mark animals using a variety of tags, including radio-collars

Administer vaccinations and antibiotics to immobilized animals

Evening lectures by instructors and local agency biologists

PREREQUISITES: Wildlife Capture and Chemical Immobilization (ONLINE) or proof of training from an approved course provider (e.g., Safe Capture) are eligible to enroll in CWS's field course if the course was completed <1 year ago. Students that took an approved course 1-3 years ago are eligible to take a CWS refresher anytime. Students that have not taken the training in >3 years MUST take CWS's regular online course before attending the field course.

FORMAT: Each day, students will capture, chemically immobilize, and handle different species of wildlife at WSC.

FIELD SCHEDULE (subject to change):

Day 1 - Dart gun lab & cougar captures and chemical immobilization

Day 2 - Black bear captures and chemical immobilization

Day 3 - Wolf captures and chemical immobilization

Day 4 - Mesocarnivore captures and chemical immobilization

INSTRUCTORS: Peggy Callahan, Dr. Terry Kreeger, & Dr. Dave Garshelis


Session one: September 12 - 15, 2022 (5 spots available)

Session two: September 26-29, 2022 (12 spots available)


LOCATION: Wildlife Science Center, Stacy, MN

LODGING: Shared bunkhouse accommodations available onsite for students at a fee of $35/night. Other local accommodations in Forest Lake, MN. Additional information about what to bring TBA.

PRICE: $1800 professional / $1600 student

ESA, TWS, & RACE continuing education credits included for free!

For more information/to register, please visit: https://www.centerforwildlifestudies.org/courses/capture-immobilization-field-sept-2022

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Friday, July 08, 2022