Workshop Offered on Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Care
Humane Society of Louisiana Hopes to Increase Number of Licensed?Caretakers
(New Orleans, LA) -- Due to the BP Deepwater?Horizon oil spill and the adverse?effect on the coastal region and its?marine life?inhabitants, the Humane Society of Louisiana will be offering workshops in the New Orleans area and throughout the state to deal with the influx of injured and displaced marine and wildlife. ?Individuals who wish to house and treat injured marine and wildlife must be licensed by the state, through the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. ?To house and treat migratory birds?or federally protected animals,?caretakers?must also be licensed by the US Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
"We have an immediate need for more licensed and experienced wildlife rehabilitators and we must be ready and prepared to handle tens of thousands of animals and birds or more during the next several years," says?Jeff Dorson, HSL Director. "I am in the process of applying for a permit myself. ?I need to learn the process and try to help animals and birds on our local level, since the need is so great. ?I am converting part of my garage to a modest?intake?and recovery center for injured wildlife. ?I can house and treat three-four animals at a time, and I will encourage hundreds of other individuals to do the same. ?I see this as part of our personal duty, since the oil spill has affected all of our ways of life," adds Dorson.
The first introductory workshop will be held on Monday, July 12th, at Jefferson Feed and Seed, located at 4421 Jefferson Ave, Jefferson, Louisiana, from 6: 30 to 8: 30 pm. ?Registration fee is $10.00. ?For more information, call[masked]-humane.?