• HORNOCKER WILDLIFE INSTITUTE • WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
Smith regularly participates in animal handling protocols and procedures for the various projects utilizing his services. Although most projects require veterinary oversight, Smith has completed multiple trainings in order to implement the most safe and effective techniques in capturing wildlife.
Smith completed wildlife immobilization training at the Omaha Zoo under the supervision of Dr. Doug Armstrong, DVM, and Dr. Kathy Quigley, DVM. Dr. Quigley provided veterinary oversight for wildlife research for the Hornocker Wildlife Institute and continues to consult on numerous wildlife studies.
Additionally, Smith completed three drug and animal handling courses at Utah State University, also under the direction of Dr. Kathy Quigley. He completes yearly drug and animal handling reviews to ensure best practices.
Smith began participating in wildlife research projects during his college years, completing studies of predator/prey relationships. Utilizing a variety of capture techniques, including hounds, immobilizations, snares, and cage-traps, he enables scientists to collect valuable data on big cats, their behavior and their landscape for conservation studies.
Currently, Smith is a sought-after capture specialist with a rare understanding of big cat physiology, behavior, and ecology. His exceptional outdoor expertise coupled with his education and experience create a unique skill set ideally suited to result in safe, efficient wildlife capture and release. Research partnerships include:
Bachelor of Science, Fisheries and Wildlife
Graduate Study, Predator/Prey Relationships
Utah State University