People with experience in wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife health, and the captive wildlife industry can apply through Jan. 31, 2013 to serve on a newly form Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitation Advisory Council.

The council was established to assist DNR with recommendations pertaining to decisions on wildlife rehabilitation and captive wildlife matters. Council members will also identify and implement education and training opportunities, and assist the department with inspections of licensed wildlife rehabilitation facilities.

The Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for up to 12 voting and six non-voting members who will be appointed by DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp to the council for three-year terms.

“The council will be made up of diverse stakeholders providing valuable insights and recommendations on a sector of conservation important to both the department and the public. They will be an essential group of voices providing assistance to DNR, educating the public, and developing consistent standards as we broaden the scope of wildlife rehabilitation to include legal and illegal captive wildlife matters,” Stepp said.

DNR is seeking applications from leaders actively engaged in wildlife rehabilitation, including licensed rehabilitators, experts in topics related to rehabilitation, and members of the captive wildlife and cervid industries.

To apply, please visit dnr.wi.gov, search keyword “Rehab.” More information on the Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, duties and structure is also available at this location or by calling Amanda Cyr, Wildlife Rehabilitation Program Manager, 715-359-5508.

Logo courtesy Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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