Conservation K9 Program
Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources for recognizing WBWF in support of their K9 program

Conservation Police Officers K9 Program

DWR K9 Program k9-programThe Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation (WBWF) has formed a partnership with the Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) in support of the Conservation Police Officers K9 Program.

DWR's K9 program is a specialized unit consisting of nine teams of Conservation Police Officers paired with canine partners. The primary purpose of the K9 program is to further DWR’s mission by conserving wildlife populations and habitat, connecting people to Virginia’s outdoors, and protecting Virginia’s people and their property.

Each K9 team receives specialized training in human tracking, evidence recovery, and wildlife detection. These elite K9 teams assist law enforcement personnel by tracking violators, detecting concealed wildlife and firearms, and conducting area searches for evidence recovery. Additionally, the K9 teams assist other enforcement agencies by tracking fugitives from justice, recovering evidence at crime scenes, and locating missing or lost persons.

The K9 teams are used to educate the public and deter violators through demonstrations of the K9 teams’ abilities and presentations for schools, interested groups, and media. By providing resource management information during K9 demonstrations and presentations, DWR hopes to foster a sense of wildlife stewardship with the outdoor community.

Visit DWR's website here for more information.

Donate to the DWR K9 Program here. 100% of funds donated to this program through WBWF will go to the K9 program. WBWF will provide donors with a donation acknowledgement letter for tax purposes. Contact WBWF with questions or issues with donating at 434-476-7038.