June 08, 2007
Contact: Lt. Richard Mann, (360) 902-2923
Classes teach citizens how to help prevent poaching
OLYMPIA – Free classes will be held in June and July at five locations for citizens who want to help prevent poaching of the state’s fish and wildlife.
The two-hour training sessions – scheduled in Vancouver, Naches, Wenatchee, Puyallup and Issaquah – are jointly sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Eyes in the Woods Association, and other outdoor organizations and sporting goods stores.
The classes are part of a series of Crime Observation and Reporting Training (CORT) sessions scheduled this year to train and certify citizens as non-confrontational witnesses in fish and wildlife enforcement efforts.
“Our goal is to create a network of citizens trained in identifying, documenting and reporting crimes against our natural resources,” said Lt. Richard Mann of WDFW’s enforcement program. “While no one but a certified law-enforcement officer should ever approach a suspect, we often rely on citizens’ help to detect and report wildlife violations.”
All five meetings are scheduled from 7-9 p.m. on the following dates and locations: