Regulations Impacting Use of Volunteers,
Interns and Staff: Excessive Bureaucracy or Ensuring Quality Animal
rehabilitators holding wildlife rehabilitation licenses or permits,
especially those operating high volume rehabilitation facilities, have
often enlisted help from others (volunteers, staff, interns). Most of
the people helping rehabilitators with tasks involving direct animal
care have not undergone rehabilitation licensure themselves. Recently,
at least one wildlife agency clarified in their regulations how
unlicensed people assisting rehabilitators with direct wildlife care
shall be trained and supervised, permitted tasks they can perform and
new recordkeeping requirements. This paper describes what prompted these
new regulations, approved in Colorado in 2009, on a key aspect of
rehabilitation that has generally not been addressed in state
regulations. It describes the regulations as well as reactions from
rehabilitators. Since rehabilitator practices regarding the training,
supervising, and monitoring of unlicensed volunteers, staff and/or
interns can have a direct impact on considerations of wildlife
‘possession’ and quality of animal care, other state wildlife agencies
may consider similar regulations.
for the pdf of the article described above.
Click below for the
various Colorado Parks and Wildlife pdf's referenced in the article. You
are certainly welcome to access the
CP&W website directly for these materials, however, they may be
removed at some point in the future from the CP&W website.
Basis and Purpose of Colorado
Wildlife Rehabilitation Regulations.
Chart of Colorado Chapter 14
Changes Approved in 2009.
Description of Acceptable Care for Wildlife
Description of Requirements and Conditions of Using Unlicensed
Individuals Assisting Rehabilitators with Direct Wildlife Care.
Additional Information on
Regulations Governing Unlicensed People Assisting Rehabilitators with