Our most valuable service is the wildlife emergency hotline, which operates 12 hours per day, 365 days per year. Our volunteers and summer student employees have been trained to advise callers on how to handle a range of situations and to help prevent or solve human-wildlife conflict issues. Through the hotline, we not only improve wildlife protection but also will raise wildlife conservation awareness in Saskatchewan.
Demand for WRSOS’ services are growing rapidly as a result of an increase in urbanization and encroachment onto wildlife habitat, greater awareness of our organization, referrals to our services by local, provincial and federal governments, and an increase in societal compassion for animals. In the 11 years since WRSOS was founded, we have experienced a dramatic increase in calls – from 177 in 2006 to nearly 3,000 in 2017/18 – highlighting the need for an organization like the WRSOS in Saskatchewan.