Friday, May 25, 2012

Former Yellowstone vet to give workshop at FLCC

A leading national expert in the capture and handling of wildlife will give a three-day workshop at the Finger Lakes Community College main campus from Aug. 7 to 9.

Dr. Mark Johnson of Global Wildlife Resources in Bozeman, Montana, a former veterinarian of Yellowstone National Park, offers hands-on training in the skills and equipment used to sedate animals for research and wildlife management.

“Mark is well-known for his professionalism and his care and respect for animals. We are fortunate that he can bring his program to our region,” said John Van Niel, an FLCC professor of environmental conservation and horticulture. Van Niel, who conducts black bear research with his students, has taken the course in Montana and arranged for Johnson’s FLCC workshop.

The Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization for Wildlife Professionals course is designed for students, zoo and game farm keepers, wildlife professionals, animal control officers, veterinarians and veterinary technicians. It teachers proper methods for attaching radio collars and ear tags, weighing, sample collection and monitoring animal patients. The course also covers legal responsibilities and human safety.

More information and the registration form are available online at the Global Wildlife Resources website, For questions, call (406) 586-4624 or email to

Classes run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Class size is limited. The cost is $575 with a $100 discount for students attending any college full-time. Reservations are confirmed once payment is received.

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