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12/01/2016 - The Teton Raptor Center, with support from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, is working to bolster the Golden Eagle Rescue Network. The Teton Raptor Center is recruiting volunteers to help transport golden eagles and other raptors to one of the four raptor rehabilitation centers that serve Wyoming.

Typically, a rescuer will pick up an injured bird from a Wyoming Game and Fish Department office or veterinary clinic in a secure kennel and transport it to a rehabilitation facility-Teton Raptor Center in Jackson, Ironside Bird Rescue in Cody, Wind River Raptors in Lander, or Rocky Mountain Raptor Program in Fort Collins, Colorado. Rescuers are not permitted to rehab or care for raptors.

"Game and Fish supports the Golden Eagle Rescue Network volunteers' efforts to help injured raptors. They help expedite transport of injured raptors to rehabilitation centers to receive needed care," said Brad Hovinga, Game and Fish Jackson regional wildlife supervisor.

Rescuers and equipment are supported by the Golden Eagle Rescue Network, a grant that facilitates care for injured raptors. The network is coordinated by Teton Raptor Center and funded by a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Originally created to transport golden eagles, the network is used to transport other raptors species as well, including great horned owls and red-tailed Hawks.

"We rely on volunteers for all of our activities at Teton Raptor Center," said Carrie Ann Adams, Teton Raptor Center program associate, "Transporting birds is no exception. The generosity of bird lovers around the state is inspiring, and we are so grateful that our Raptor Rescuers volunteer to drive hours each way to bring injured birds to the care they need."

To sign up as Raptor Rescuer, e-mail raptors@tetonraptorcenter.org or call (307) 203-2551. To become a volunteer, no raptor handling is required. Volunteers must have driver's license and a passion for helping injured wildlife. Currently, there are 36 Raptor Rescuers in the state of Wyoming.

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