Tonawanda News — After two years as an apprentice falconer, a licensee may qualify for a general falconry license. To become a master falconer, the licensee must have a minimum five years experience practicing falconry at the general falconry level.
Wildlife rehabilitators care for injured, sick and orphaned wild animals and prepare the animals for their return to their natural surroundings.
A wildlife rehabilitator study guide and examination manual are available to applicants for $15 a set. The study materials will also include the application necessary for registration. The materials were developed by wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians and biologists to teach applicants about the practice of wildlife rehabilitation, including technical requirements for licensed volunteers.
Wildlife rehabilitators applicants must be at least 16, submit two character references along with their application, have no convictions for violations of state environmental conservation law and be interviewed by a DEC regional wildlife staff person. Prospective applicants are encouraged to gain experience by serving as an assistant to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
For a leashed tracking dog handler license, a score of 80 percent or higher on the written exam and a valid state big game hunting license are mandatory requirements. There is a $50 license fee, and a $25 non-refundable processing fee associated with the license, which expires five years from the date of issuance.
To apply for any of these exams, contact DEC’s special licenses unit at (518) 402-8985.