Wildlife Rehab Council Members Needed

People with experience in wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife health and the captive wildlife industry are encouraged to apply to serve on the Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitation Advisory Council before Aug. 31, 2017.

The council was established in 2013 to assist the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff with recommendations pertaining to decisions regarding wildlife rehabilitation and captive wildlife matters. Council members will also identify and implement education and training opportunities and assist department staff with inspections of licensed wildlife rehabilitation facilities.

DNR is accepting applications for up to nine voting member vacancies, who will be appointed to the council for three-year terms by DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. Those who are actively engaged in wildlife rehabilitation (including licensed rehabilitators), experts in topics related to rehabilitation, and members of the captive cervid industry are strongly encouraged to apply.

“The council will be made up of diverse stakeholders who provide valuable insights and recommendations in a sector of conservation important to both the department and the public,” said Stepp. “They will be an essential voice to provide assistance to DNR staff, educate the public and develop consistent standards as we broaden the scope of wildlife rehabilitation to include legal and illegal captive wildlife matters.”

Currently, the council is seeking to fill the following positions:

  • two home-based rehabilitators;
  • one facility-based rehabilitator;
  • three facility representatives;
  • one University of Wisconsin system representative; and
  • two captive cervid industry representatives.

To learn more about this opportunity or submit an application, visit and search keyword “rehab.”

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