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September 09, 2005
Contact: Rich Mann, (360) 902-2923

Citizens can learn to help prevent poaching at
Sept. 14 training session in Bellingham

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 in Bellingham later this month.

The Crime Observation and Reporting Training (CORT) class is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 14 at the C Street Fish Hatchery in Bellingham and is sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Eyes in the Woods Association, a citizen volunteer group.

The class is one of more than 30 sessions scheduled throughout the state 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."

More information on the Bellingham training session is available by contacting Earl Steele, Eyes in the Woods class coordinator, at (360) 715-8352, or via e-mail at esteele@btc.ctc.edu. For a list of other CORT training sessions, see page 25 of WDFW’s Big Game Hunting Seasons and Rules guide at http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/game/hunter/huntregs2005.pdf on the Internet.