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NY announces leashed tracking dog handler exam

From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation

-- All applicants for the leashed tracking dog handler exam must register before Aug. 20 to take New York's written examination.

Leashed tracking dogs are used to find wounded or injured big game animals. The test has been scheduled Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. until noon at designated DEC regional offices. The leashed tracking dog license is valid for five years.

Applications can be obtained on DEC's website at Eligible applicants will be sent a letter of confirmation and a list of exam sites. The $25  application fee is non-refundable.  In addition, the license fee is $50, payable at the same time as the application fee, for a total of $75 in fees. If an applicant fails the exam, the $50 license fee is refunded.

Before the exam was first offered in 1990, New York's DEC conducted experimental testing with a small group of leashed tracking dog handlers. Now there are approximately 175 licensed handlers in New York.

For further information, including application to take the exam, write NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4752, or call (518)402-8985.

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