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Colorado Wildlife Transport Team seeking volunteers

From the Colorado Division of Wildlife

-- People who would like to volunteer their time and effort by serving on the Summit County Wildlife Transport and Bear Aware teams, are encouraged to attend a team-member training from noon to 5 p.m. May 22 in the Buffalo Mountain Room at the Summit County Commons.

The Wildlife Transport Team helps respond when the Division receives reports of injured or orphaned wildlife. Volunteers are often first on the scene and, if necessary, are responsible for transporting animals to rehabilitators, veterinarians or to the Division office. Capture and transport equipment will be provided, but volunteers are required to have a dependable and appropriate vehicle.

"Wildlife Transport Team members have to love both wildlife and people. They are the face of the Division of Wildlife when a member of the public calls about baby ducks or an injured raptor.  Their time and efforts are very important to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the public and wildlife in Summit County," according to Shannon Schwab, district wildlife manager.

The training includes an introduction to equipment, how to handle wildlife transport calls, scenarios that help develop wildlife knowledge as well as learning how to answer common questions posed by the public.

Bear Aware is one of the Division's most successful volunteer programs, and continues to grow in membership and effectiveness. In Summit County, as in other areas throughout the state, Division trained Bear Aware volunteers provide residents and visitors with information about bear behavior, proper trash handling and eliminating other bear attractants.

"Bear conflicts continue to be a problem for many residents of Colorado, and Bear Aware volunteers are very important in our attempts to help people learn to live with wildlife," said Sean Shepherd, district wildlife manager. "We need volunteers, and hope to see a good turnout."

Volunteers are encouraged to call the Hot Sulphur Springs to sign up for the training at Summit County Commons, 37 County Road 1005, Frisco. For more information contact the Hot Sulphur Springs Office at (970)725-6211.

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