WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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October 31, 2005
Contact: Rich Mann, (360) 902-2923

Class teaches citizens how to help prevent poaching

OLYMPIA – Citizens who are interested in helping prevent poaching of the Washington state’s fish and wildlife resources are invited to attend a two-hour training session Nov. 9 in Lacey.

The class, scheduled from 7-9 p.m. at 3928 21st Ave., is jointly sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Olympia Trout Unlimited and the Eyes in the Woods Association.

The Crime Observation and Reporting Training (CORT) class is the last of more than 30 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 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, our agency often relies on citizens' help in making a case."

For more information on the Lacey training session, contact George Grinstin, 360-491-8398 porcupineflats@ywave.com. For a list of CORT training sessions scheduled in 2006, see page 25 of the department’s Big Game Hunting Seasons and Rules guide.