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Volunteers needed to care for wildlife

A shortage of registered wildlife rehabilitators in the Goldfields means more animals are being sent to Perth for care or euthanased, according to Department of Parks and Wildlife Goldfields officer Lyle Gilbert.

“We have a shortage of people to look after injured wildlife in the Goldfields,” he said.

“We used to have a group of rehabilitators recently but they were elderly and have since stopped.”

Mr Gilbert said with increased human interaction with wildlife, such as more trucks on the roads, more people were required to look after them.

“We’ve had a shortage of people to do that and that’s meant a trip to Perth or euthanasia for some injured wildlife,” he said.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife will be running three courses over two months to increase the number of people who are educated in caring for wildlife.

“People can learn the basics of caring for animals at these courses and then after the course they can receive extra help if they want to,” Mr Gilbert said.

On October 20 the department will run a raptors course, then on November 10 there will be a course on reptiles and birds.

On November 11 there will be a course on caring for mammals and advanced mammal care.

Participants in the last course must complete the basic mammal care course first.

The courses are $30 per session or $100 for the full course and will be held at Kalgoorlie’s Lotteries House.

To register email kalgoorlie@dbca.wa.gov.au or call 9080 5555.

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