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Another Turkey Vulture Poisoned by Euthanasia Drug

Rehabilitated Raptor Will Return to the Wild

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently confirmed another turkey vulture was poisoned by the euthanasia drug pentobarbital. It was found near Inverness, in Marin County, and taken to the wildlife hospital operated by the nonprofit WildCare in San Rafael.

The massive bird with a six-foot wingspan has since recovered and will be released on Tuesday, August 11 at 2 p.m. Reporters wishing to cover the vulture’s return to the wild should call (415) 806-8637 on Tuesday for directions to the release location.

In 2014, CDFW confirmed pentobarbital exposure in six turkey vultures in San Rafael. The source of the exposure remains unknown. Those birds were also taken to WildCare, a CDFW-approved wildlife rehabilitator.

Wildlife officials are concerned the recent admission of another pentobarbital-poisoned vulture to WildCare indicates that more animals are at risk. Anyone with information about possible sources of pentobarbital-contaminated animals should contact CDFW at (916) 358-2954.

Pentobarbital is a drug used by veterinarians to euthanize companion animals, livestock and horses. If animals are euthanized with pentobarbital and the remains are not properly disposed of, scavenging wildlife – such as turkey vultures and eagles – can be poisoned. Veterinarians and animal owners are responsible for disposing of animal remains properly by legal methods such as cremation or deep burial.

Turkey vultures are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and California Fish and Game Code. Improperly disposed-of euthanized remains are a danger to all scavenging wildlife.

CDFW asks members of the veterinary and livestock communities to share this information with colleagues, to prevent additional poisoning. WildCare also asks the public to pay attention to grounded turkey vultures and other raptors and scavengers.

Pentobarbital-poisoned birds appear to be dead. They have no reflex response and breathing can barely be detected. The birds appear intact, without wounds or obvious trauma. Anyone finding a comatose vulture should call WildCare’s 24-hour Hotline at (415) 456-SAVE (7283) immediately.

Read more about one pentobarbital-poisoned turkey vulture patient and the astonishing medical intervention required to save its life at www.wildcarebayarea.org/vulture.

Media Contacts:
Alison Hermance, WildCare, (415) 453-1000, ext. 24, alisonhermance@wildcarebayarea.org
Stella McMillin, CDFW Wildlife Investigations Lab, (916) 358-2954
Dana Michaels, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-2420

CDFW to Host North Coast Natural Resource Volunteer Academy

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking applicants for the Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve in in the North Coast Enforcement District (NCED). Interested residents in, but not limited to, Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Mendocino, San Francisco and western Solano counties are strongly encouraged to apply.

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“The mission of the Natural Resources Volunteer Program is to provide conservation and enforcement education and public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative support to CDFW staff,” said NRVP Program Coordinator Lt. Joshua Nicholas. “NRVP volunteers do not have law enforcement authority, but they are a huge help to the officers in the field and other CDFW staff members.”

CDFW is holding an NRVP training academy in Santa Rosa Jan. 12-14, with continued training to follow once a month through May 2015. Graduates of the academy become volunteers for CDFW. These positions are unpaid. Interested individuals go through a selection process, which includes an initial screening, application, interview and background check. If selected, individuals attend an 80-hour conservation course to prepare them for a monthly service commitment of at least 16 hours. After completing the academy, volunteers work with a trained volunteer mentor to implement their newly acquired skills during a six-month probationary period.

Applicants need to be over 18, should be teachable, accountable, have basic computer and writing skills and a willingness to talk about conservation principles to the public in the field and in a classroom setting. Applicants must show a desire to work well with others in a team environment to do tasks that free up time for paid CDFW staff.

Natural resource volunteer duties may include responding to human/wildlife incident calls, instructing at NRVP academies, representing CDFW at community outreach events and patrolling CDFW lands, ecological reserves and coastal and inland fishing areas.

Volunteers who are successful in the application and oral interview phase and will be required to have a Live Scan fingerprint performed and submitted.

Volunteer applicants must also have a current California driver license and produce a Department of Motor Vehicle driving report showing a good driving record for the last five years.

Please contact Lt. Joshua Nicholas at (707) 944-5562 prior to submitting an application.

Mail the completed applications by Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 to:

Natural Resource Volunteer Program
CDFW Bay Delta Region Office
7329 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558

 

Further information and an application can be found on the NRVP website at www.dfg.ca.gov/volunteer/NRVP/.

Media Contacts:
Lt. Joshua Nicholas, CDFW Law Enforcement Division, (707) 944-5562
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

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