Posted by: Wild Instincts | December 22, 2012

WRAC: Thank You For Your Service

In 2000, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Advisory Committee (WRAC) was formed to help bring wildlife rehab in Wisconsin from a perceived hobby to a recognized profession. A core of dedicated wildlife rehab professionals made up this committee, all volunteers asked to help because of their skills and expertise. They gave their time freely because of their dedication to the rehab profession and the wildlife they treat.
The WRAC was comprised of the Wildlife Rehab Liaison, who is a WDNR employee, along with veterinarians, conservation wardens, rehabbers and others with interest in wildlife health and safety. In the 12 year history of the WRAC, the rehab liaison changed six times. The other non-rehabber cohort changed frequently as well.

The only thing that remained steady and true the ENTIRE 12 years, was a small core of rehab professionals working tirelessly for the advancement of wildlife rehab and the protection of injured and orphaned Wisconsin wildlife.

They developed regulations, wrote a test to be taken by potential rehabbers, developed a guild system in which a novice rehabber is to be mentored by an experienced rehabber and the list goes on.

During the WRAC meeting on Oct 29th, they were informed the Wildlife Rehab Advisory Committee is disbanded. In it’s stead there will be a new Wildlife Rehab Council comprised of people chosen and appointed by the WDNR Secretary.

We’d like to publicly thank those who worked tirelessly for their 12 years of service to the WRAC. The following are the members of the WRAC that came on Day One and stayed the whole entire life of the WRAC.

Cheryl and Scott Diehl, Marge Gibson, Mark Naniot, Steve Wallace, and Yvonne Blane-Wallace.

Other rehabbers that served on the WRAC: Sue DeBruin, Dave & Jackie DeBauch, and Randie Segal

On behalf of the Wildlife of Wisconsin and fellow rehabbers, THANK YOU!!

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Responses

  1. I’M AFRAID TO ASK, BUT WHAT EXACTLY WILL THIS MEAN FOR US AND OTHERS WHO WISH TO CARE FOR WILDLIFE, QUALIFIED AND UNQUALIFIED.

    IF TOO LONG TO EXPLAIN, GIVE ME A CALL WHEN CONVENIENT FOR YOU AS I WOULD LIKE TO BE UPDATED. THANX.

    Carol

    • That means anyone with some wildlife rehab or game farm experience can apply for the Council. You should download an application, Carol. The Secretary of the DNR, Kathy Stepp, will then chose who sits on the Council from the pool of applicants. What it means long term, depends on the Council.


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