California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Wildlife Investigations Lab - Project Assistance, Training & Education

The Wildlife Investigations Lab is responsible for training Department personnel statewide in wildlife capture and restraint techniques, and animal necropsies through formal training classes.

Personnel from WIL have conducted wildlife capture and handling classes for over twenty-five years in California, primarily to train and certify CDFW personnel to safely capture and handle native and exotic wildlife species. Wildlife law enforcement personnel and biologists from other state and federal wildlife agencies, university students, wildlife researchers and city and county animal control officers have also attended the restraint classes. Educational presentations are given to various college and university classes by WIL personnel throughout the year. The presentations include information on wildlife population medicine, disease monitoring, reintroduction of wildlife, current problem species, wildlife capture and handling techniques, wildlife care, field processing equipment, and general wildlife management operations.