Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization hosted by Penobscot Nation


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This course registration is FREE for current NAFWS Member Tribes and Individual Members. Preference will first be given to member Tribes and members from the Northeast, Great Lakes, and Southeast Regions. 

July 11 – 13, 2023 — ORONO, ME

Last Day to Register: June 30, 2023

Instructor Dr. Mark Johnson DVM, Instructor & CEO of  Global Wildlife Resources (GWR); in conjunction with the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society (NAFWS) and the Penobscot Nation will offer a 3-day Wildlife Handling & Chemical Immobilization Course July 11-13, 2023, at the Black Bear Inn in Orono, ME. This event is hosted by the Penobscot Nation.

This class is designed for Tribal wildlife professionals, Tribal animal control officers, and Tribal Conservation Law Enforcement Officers (CLEO). The course is limited to 25 participants so register early! The course includes labs each day, course notebook and Certificate of Training.

GWR is dedicated to supporting wildlife professionals with humane capture and handling through training & field assistance. This unique training focuses on the field-based needs for chemical immobilization of captive and free ranging wildlife and is the most extensive training you can receive in North America. 

Hands on Labs Each Day (9 a.m. -5 p.m. DAILY):

  • Chemical Immobilization – Participants immobilize live animals.
  • TPR Lab- a practice lab with live animals to prepare for the chemical immobilization lab.
  • Drug Delivery Systems- Opportunity to practice the most effective dart guns.
  • Needle & Syringe SkillsBuilding professional habits for practical field use and human safety.
  • Blood Collection Practice Station- Practice proper techniques for successful blood collection.

Course Content Includes: 

*Drug Delivery Systems * Immobilizing Drugs * Drug Dose Calculations* Five step Preparation for Field Operations * Legal Responsibilities * Patient Monitoring * Sampling * Veterinary Emergencies * Euthanasia * Human Safety * Post Capture Assessment

GWR courses promote care and respect for every animal that is handled and are often preround personal and career experiences for course participants.

GWR courses build confidence, increase field success, and strengthen resumes! 

This course provides CE hours for: 

  • Ecological Society of America Certification
  • The Wildlife Society Professional Development Program
  • RACE Approved for Veterinarian and Veterinary Technicians


UPDATE: NAFWS is now providing the lodging for the first ten of the training participants, including those already registered!

Black Bear Inn- Orono, ME

Room block code is NAFWS for the hotel rooms. Please call 207-866-7120 to get into the room block.


1.If you are a current member, log into the membership portal to begin your registration.

2. For Member Tribe registrants, you must begin the registration process utilizing the credentials used, when becoming a member tribe.  If needed, please Contact Heidi McCaan, our NAFWS membership coordinator for credential information so that you may begin the course registration process. Hmccaan@nafws.org.

For More Information

For assistance, please contact Laurel James, Director of Programs, at LJames@nafws.org.


Additional information

Registration type

Individual Member, Member Tribe, Non-Member

Event Details

Date: July 11, 2023

Start time: 08:00

End time: 17:00

Venue: Orono, ME

Email: LJames@nafws.org

Event Details

Start date: July 11, 2023

End date: July 13, 2023

Start time: 08:00 EDT

End time: 17:00 EDT

Venue: Orono, ME

Email: LJames@nafws.org

In Recognition of Their Support

Native American Fish and Wildlife Society would like to thank those organizations that provided us with support over the years. With them we grew an effective national communications network for the exchange of information and management techniques related to self-determined tribal fish and wildlife management.

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