The Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation (WBWF) has formed a partnership with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) in support of the Conservation Police Officers K9 Program.
DGIFs’ K9 program is a specialized unit consisting of five teams of Conservation Police Officers paired with canine partners. The primary purpose of the K9 program is to further DGIF’s mission by conserving wildlife populations and habitat, connecting people to Virginia’s outdoors, and protecting Virginia’s people and their property.
Each K9 team receives specialized training in human tracking, evidence recovery, and wildlife detection. These elite K9 teams assist law enforcement personnel by tracking violators, detecting concealed wildlife and firearms, and conducting area searches for evidence recovery. Additionally, the K9 teams assist other enforcement agencies by tracking fugitives from justice, recovering evidence at crime scenes, and locating missing or lost persons.
The K9 teams are used to educate the public and deter violators through demonstrations of the K9 teams’ abilities and presentations for schools, interested groups, and media. By providing resource management information during K9 demonstrations and presentations, DGIF hopes to foster a sense of wildlife stewardship with the outdoor community.
Visit DGIF website here for more information.
Donate to the DGIF K9 Program here. 100% of funds donated to this program through WBWF will go to the K9 program. WBWF will provide donors with a donation acknowledgement letter for tax purposes. Contact WBWF with questions or issues with donating at 434-476-7038.
The links below have been provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF). The Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation shares the views of RMEF that hunting is form of conservation. We hope you find these links useful and informative.
RMEF YouTube videos
Home Sweet Home – Elk Returned to West Virginia
Hunting’s Remarkable Resilience
Hunting’s Ecological Benefits
Honoring the Hunted
Wild Meat, Wild Harvest
Visit the website of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to learn about the restoration of elk in Virginia.
Photo by Mike Roberts