Wolf Haven International in Tenino is hosting its 10th annual wildlife handling and chemical immobilization course Tuesday through Thursday.
The course is one of two in the U.S. that offer hands-on experience with wolves. The instructor, Mark Johnson, director of Global Wildlife Resources Inc., is a former Yellowstone National Park veterinarian and now travels the world presenting courses on humane, compassionate animal handling.
Participants are coming from Ireland, British Columbia, Alberta, Mexico, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Yakama Nation, Kalispel Tribe of Indians and several states.
Participants will learn humane methods for animal handling, chemical immobilization, monitoring vital signs and radio collar techniques. On the final day, students will examine five of Wolf Haven’s resident Mexican gray wolves under Species Survival Plan regulations.
On Friday, former federal Wolf Management Specialist Carter Niemeyer will present a course focused on handling wolves in the field. Humane cougar and bear handling will also be discussed.