Info session set for May 16
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking to add members to its Summit County Wildlife Transport Team, an all volunteer group of citizens devoted to helping the agency respond to wildlife emergencies.
Interested residents can get more information at a May 16 information session, 7 p.m. at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne. During the session, CPW will screen applicants and review requirements and expectations.
“Volunteers help us by responding and assisting with certain types of wildlife calls, usually small mammals and birds that are injured or causing a nuisance,” said District Wildlife Manager Elissa Knox of Summit County. “Our current team has several seasoned volunteers that are an invaluable asset. We encourage people to join them and help us educate the public and help wildlife.”
Team members commit to an on-call schedule consisting of three one-week periods, between May and October each year. CPW will provide equipment and training; however, a dependable vehicle and willingness to transport wildlife are strict requirements. In addition, volunteers must represent CPW in a professional manner at all times.
Once selected, team members must attend a training session on Saturday, May 21, from 1-5 p.m. where Knox and other local wildlife officers will train volunteers to evaluate various wildlife situations, communicate with the public, handle injured wildlife and transport animals as appropriate. The location of the training session will be announced at a later time.