Wildlife Capture, Immobilization and Handling Course

August 31, 2015-September 3, 2015

Early registration:      $800.00 per person if registrations postmarked prior to August 17th, 2015
General registration: $850.00 per person if registrations postmarked after August 17th, 2015

  •  Safe restraint, immobilization and handling of free-ranging  animals
  • How to safely handle animals with and without chemical restraint
  • Legal and ethical procedures
  • Diverse capture methods, immobilizing agents, and handling procedures
  • Hands-on capture and immobilization of captive wildlife for example:   black bears and mountain lions

Course level:  Professional level course intended for field personnel and students enrolled in related coursework

Our course is unique in that it provides actual hands on training with live wildlife.

Included in the course fee is the 2012 Fourth Edition of the Handbook of Wildlife Chemical Immobilization ($50 value). This four-color Handbook is 448 pages long and has drug doses for over 500 species. The Handbook covers legalities of drug possession and use; types of drugs used for animal capture; equipment used for animal capture; animal capture procedures and techniques; animal medical treatment; and human emergency medicine, supported by over 2,500 references. 

CERTIFICATES ARE AWARDED upon satisfactory completion of the program.

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Instructor Bios:

Terry J. Kreeger retired as the chief veterinary officer of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. He holds Bachelor degrees in Journalism and Veterinary Science, a Masters degree in Wildlife Biology, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Wildlife Management and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Wyoming (Veterinary Sciences) and the University of Minnesota (Fisheries and Wildlife). His research interests include wildlife capture and anesthesia, physiology and behavior, animal contraception, and wildlife diseases. He has captured wildlife and trained others to capture wildlife throughout North America and in Russia, Africa, and Asia.

Glenn D. DelGiudice has been Deer Project Leader in the Forest Wildlife Populations and Research Group of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources since 1990 and Moose Project Leader since 2012.  He is an adjunct professor and has been a member of the graduate faculty in the University of Minnesota's Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology since 1992. Glenn earned his B.S. degree from Cornell University, a M.S. degree from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His primary research interests focus on nutritional ecology and physiology and relationships with environmental variation and population performance. His 36 years of research experience has involved the capture, chemical immobilization, and handling of white-tailed deer, timber and tundra wolves, elk, moose, caribou, desert mule deer, peccary, and a variety of primates.

Dave Garshelis is a wildlife research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Previously he studied black bears in the Smoky Mountains for his M.S. degree (University of Tennessee) and sea otters in Alaska for his PhD (University of Minnesota). Since 1983, as bear project leader for the MDNR, he has conducted studies of black bears across their geographic range in Minnesota, including nearly 2,000 animal handlings. As an adjunct associate professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Minnesota, he also advises graduate students working on studies of most of the other bear species of the world. Since 2004 Dave has served as co-chair of the IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group, focusing attention on conservation of all bears.

Peggy Callahan is executive director of the Wildlife Science Center in Columbus, MN.  Peggy earned a B.S. degree in Biology from Carleton College and began working for the "Wolf Project" in August 1985. For five years she managed the colony for research, focusing on refining chemical immobilization techniques for use in the field. In addition to her wolf time, Peggy also assisted with studies involving Black Bear, Red Fox, White-tailed Deer and Wolves in the field, including assisting with the Isle Royale wolf captures in 1989 and 1991. When federal funding for the Wolf Project ceased in 1991, the Wildlife Science Center was created and co-founded by Peggy to keep the facility open. After three years of intensive building and program planning, the Wildlife Science Center opened its doors to the public as a non-profit education and research facility.

John Hart is a Wildlife Biologist/ District Supervisor with the USDA-Wildlife Services program in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. John has been involved with wolf depredation control work in Minnesota since 1989 and received the Beef Industry Service Award in 2012.  In addition to the wolf work, John is involved with beaver and cormorant damage management and wildlife hazard management at Minnesota airports.  John has a B.S. degree in wildlife from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.  When not working, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

J. L. David Smith is a Professor at the University of MN, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology.  His research focuses on the biology and conservation of mammals in Asia, including individual based modeling of large mammals, metapopulation structure of large mammals in relation to landscape patterns and human-wildlife conflict. Most of his personal research has focused on tigers but he has advised students studying a number of other species (e.g. gaur, banteng, fishing cat, sloth bear, snow leopard). Dave’s current research is in Thailand and Nepal but he has also worked in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangladesh. Through his research he has also developed study abroad programs at U Minnesota for undergraduates in Thailand and Nepal.