Crime Observation & Reporting Training (CORT)
Join us in protecting Washington's fish and wildlife by attending an EITW Crime Observation & Reporting Training (CORT). Learn from WDFW Enforcement Officers how to identify, document and report natural resource crimes. Citizen willingness to report abuses is growing, and the CORT class is designed to assist you to do it properly and timely. Class Outline
This programs primary goal is to create a network of trained citizens dedicated to reducing poaching and other natural resource abuses through this non-confrontational expert witness program. For more information: CORT Program Goals (add link to program goals)
Class participants become a Certified Witness for the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW). (CORT Volunteer Expectations and Creditability)
Classes are posted on our website calendar of events. For instructions on how to register for a class click here; CORT-sign up! (Link to new page)If you do not see a class in your area, contact the EITW CORT Coordinator nearest you and get on a waiting list. We will schedule additional classes based on interest in your area.
Bring a CORT class to your area; your local club or retail business can host a class. We need class venues throughout the state and encourage club and commercial participation.
We are looking for volunteers to participate as CORT Training Coordinatorsin their local area. Our goal is to develop the CORT training committee with Coordinators statewide.
"People need to believe that reporting a wildlife crime is the right thing to do. None of us would sit idly by while our neighbor's home was being burglarized. None of us should sit idle when we witness wildlife crimes. I've heard people say that it's none of their business. That's an unacceptable attitude in today's world of shrinking habitat and dwindling resources. The wildlife of this state belongs to all of us. We must treat it as our property, our measure. Wildlife does not belong to the poacher, the thief."
Bruce Bjork, Retired Chief of WDFW Enforcement
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