Stephen M. Vantassel
Ph.D., MNI, CNI, CWCP, ACP
Stephen M. Vantassel is the Vertebrate Pest Specialist for the Montana Department of Agriculture. He began this role in 2015.
Formerly, he was the Program Coordinator of Distance Education-Wildlife Damage Management for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources from 2004-2014. Stephen fills the position vacated by Dallas Virchow, who moved to Wildlife Services in November of 2003. Stephen brings to the position a unique set of experiences. He achieved a B.A., Class of ’87, in Biblical Studies from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts and a M.A.T.S., Class of ’89, in Old Testament from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in S.Hamilton, Massachusetts. He worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for several summers and eventually became a Lab Instructor for the Emergency Medical Technician Class at Springfield College.
All the while, Stephen maintained his interest in the field of animal damage control. He became one of the first Problem Animal Controllers in the state of Massachusetts and one of the first nationally Certified Wildlife Control Operators. He founded Wildlife Removal Service, Inc., headquartered in his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts which he eventually sold it in 1998. He also founded the Massachusetts Association of Problem Animal Controllers.
Stephen has discussed topics related to wildlife damage control on television, radio and in public settings. But his greatest impact is to be found in the area of publishing. He has articles published in a variety of magazines and newsletters including, but not limited to, The Probe, Fur-Fish & Game, Trapper & Predator Caller, Animal Damage Control, etc. He is a former Assistant Editor and staff writer for Wildlife Control Technology Magazine and continues to write for them. He has also published several books, including, The Wildlife Removal Handbook, rev. ed., The Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook 3rd. ed., and the National Wildlife Control Training Program vols 1-2. Stephen’s publishing also extends beyond the printed page to the web, where he had a “Living with Wildlife” column on Suite101.com.
Stephen M. Vantassel’s Education
Stephen has a Doctorate in Theology. His dissertation was entitled, A Theological, Ethical, and Scientific Evaluation of the Christian Animal Rights Movement’s Opposition to Wildlife Trapping. He published his findings in a book entitled, Dominion over Wildlife? An Environmental-Theology of Human-Wildlife Relations (Wipf and Stock, 2009). He believes that his academic training coupled with “real-world” animal damage control experience provides him with a unique perspective on this controversial topic. In addition, Stephen has a M.S. in Leadership Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2013).
Stephen is happily married to Donna Vantassel who works as a Nurse Practitioner in Lewistown, MT. Both, along with their rescued dachshund, “Madison”, live in Lewistown.
Publications by Stephen Vantassel
My publications may be found at Stephen’s Publications
Wildlife Damage Management CV
Certified Wildlife Control Professional (CWCP #010005) 2001.
Academy Certified Professional (ACP) 2007.
Montana Certified Pesticide Applicator, Core 2015
Nebraska Certified Pesticide Applicator, Categories 00 & 14, (since 2004) and Category 8 (since 2010).
The Fur Takers of America (Intermediate ranking) 2010, Master Ranking, 2013.
Master NWCOA Instructor, (MNI) Certified Basic Wildlife Control Operator, 2012-present.
Safe-Capture International, 2012.
NWCOA Bat Standards Certification, 2014.
Certified NWCOA Instructor, (CNI), Goose Academy, 2013-present.
Certified NWCOA Instructor, (CNI), Bat Standards Class, 2014-present.
|Dr. Stephen M. Vantassel’s new book. Published April, 2009 by Wipf and Stock.|
NWCOA Shooting Academy. (Videographer). Roanoke, VA. Sept. 21-22, 2014.
Bat Standards Training Course. Middleton, NY. June 28, 2014.
Goose Academy. Middleton, NY. June 26-7, 2014.
National Wildlife Control Operators Association Convention. New Orleans, LA. Jan. 2014.
National Wildlife Control Operators Association Convention. Tunica, MS. Feb. 2013
National Wildlife Control Operators Association Convention. Atlanta, GA. Feb. 2012.
National Wildlife Control Operators Association Convention. New Orleans, LA, Jan. 2011.
Vertebrate Pest Conference. Vertebrate Pest Council. CA. 2006, 2008.
Wildlife Control Technology Annual Seminars (http://www.wctech.com). 2000, 2005-2009.
Wildlife Damage Management Conference, Wildlife Damage Management Working Group of the Wildlife Society. 2006, 2011, 2013.
“Working with the UNL IACUC.” May 5, 2005. Research Training.org.
First Massachusetts Wildlife Control Seminar. September 20, 2003.
MAPAC. Marlborough, MA. Fifth New England Wildlife Control Seminar. March 23, 2002. CT NWCO Association. Meridan, CT.
“Water Level Control Devices to Address Flooding Caused by Beavers.” June 30, 2000. Bureau of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division, Session Woods, CT.
Eastern Wildlife Damage Management Conference. College Park, PA. 2000.
Massachusetts Trapper Training. Mass. Division of F & W. South Hadley, MA. Massachusetts Hancock & Bailey Beaver Trap Training. 1996.
Mass. Division of F &W. Belchertown, MA.
First Eastern Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator’s Shortcourse. February 21-23, 1994. Lexington, KY. Hosted by the Cooperative Extension Service and the Dept. of Forestry.
III. WILDLIFE DAMAGE MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE:
Massachusetts Lic. Problem Animal Controller 1982-2004.
Connecticut Lic.NWCO 1994-6. “Preliminary Investigation of Pocket Gopher Trap Efficiency.” 2005-10. Article submitted.
Founder of Wildlife Removal Service Inc. 1994-98.
Animal Control Officer for the City of Springfield, MA Oct, 93-Dec 95 & Chicopee 95-1998. Involved in the Mid-Atlantic Rabies Epidemic.
Animals controlled/trapped: Bat, Beaver, Bull Frog, Canada Goose, Chipmunk, Coyote, Crow, Eastern Mole, Feral Cat, Feral Pigeon, Flying Squirrel, Gray Squirrel, Hairy-tailed Mole, House Mouse, House Sparrow, Muskrat, Nutria, Opossum, Pocket Gopher, Raccoon, Red Squirrel, Richardson Ground Squirrel, Shrew, Snapping Turtle, Starling, Striped Skunk, Star-nosed Mole, Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel, Vole, Woodchuck, and Woodpecker.
Webmaster of www.icwdm.org 2004-2015.
Wildlife Damage Management Community of Practice with eXtension.org 2006-present.
Webmaster of www.wildlifedamagecontrol.com 1998-2004.
Wildlife Damage Expert for Allexperts.com since Pest Control 10/22/2000 Pests 10/22/2000 Animal Rights 1/3/2001 Wildlife DC 10/11/2006
A. STATE PRESENTATIONS:
Vertebrate Pest Control. June 3, 2015. Granite County, MT.
National Wildlife Control Training Program. Jan 8-9, 2014. NWCOA/NPMA Wildlife Expo. New Orleans, LA.
National Wildlife Control Training Program. February 8-9, 2012. NWCOA/NPMA Wildlife Expo. Atlanta, GA.
“Skunks and Woodchucks.” March 26, 2011. CTNWCOA Annual Conference. East Hartford, CT.
“Effective Box-Trapping.” May 23, 2007. Master Gardener Training. UNL-East Campus.
Presenter at the “Nebraska Outdoor Expo” at the NGPC fur-trapping booth. May 11-12, 2007. Kearney, NE.
“Wildlife Damage Call in Radio Show.” 99.5 KUTT Radio. April 13, 2007. 1.5 hours of questions and answers on wildlife damage issues.
“Wildlife Damage Management for Vineyards.” Tenth Annual Nebraska Winery and GrapeGrowers Forum and Trade Show. March, 3, 2007. Kearney, NE.
“Mitigating Health Threats in Wildlife Damage Management.” Nebraska Urban Pest Management Conference. January 24, 2007. Lincoln, NE.
Moderator for Public Health Group. Nebraska Urban Pest Management Conference. January 24, 2007.
Lincoln, NE. “Advanced Box Trapping Techniques.” Nebraska Turfgrass Association Annual Meeting, January 9, 2007. Omaha, NE.
“Vertebrate Pests” for Educating the Educators; Technology Transfer for the Burgeoning Midwest Grape Industry. Kimmel Education and Research Center. November 2, 2006. Nebraska City, NE.
B. REGIONAL PRESENTATIONS:
Keynote Speaker, “State of the Industry—Issues and Developments”; “Inspection Techniques” and “Passion for the Industry.” Third Annual Colorado Wildlife Control Operators Association Conference. February 11, 2006. Denver, CO.
“Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management: Update.” WERA-95. November 7, 2006. Reno, NV. Invited speaker.
C. NATIONAL PRESENTATIONS:
“Inspecting Structures for Wildlife.” American Society of Home Inspectors Annual Meeting, Jan 15, 2013. Las Vegas, NV.
NWCOA National Meeting, 2011-2015.
Wildlife Control Technology Seminar, 2007, 2009.
“Monthly Conference Call with A All Animal Control Franchise Owners” December 7, 2006.
“Protecting Trees from Wildlife Damage.” Walnut Council Annual Meeting. July, 31, 2006. Nebraska City, NE.
“The New ICWDM.” 22nd Vertebrate Pest Council Conference. March 9, 2006. Berkeley, CA
“Bailey Beaver Trap: Modifications to Improve Capture Success.” 22nd Vertebrate Pest Council Conference. March 8, 2006. Berkeley, CA.
“The New ICWDM.” Wildlife Control Technology Conference. February 7, 2006. Las Vegas, NV.
“Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management.” WCOradio.com Podcast. Episode 16.
“Moles, Voles, Mice and Other Varmints.” March 20, 2004.
Connecticut Master Gardeners Association. Manchester, CT. “Animal Rights.” April 29, 2000.
NYS Wildlife Management Association. Albany, NY. Panelist in Ethics of Hunting: A Debate at St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Connecticut on February 29, 2000.
D. INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS:
The Ethics of Wildlife Control in Humanized Landscapes—A Response. 23rd Vertebrate Pest Conference. San Diego, CA. March 20, 2008.
Conflicted Consumers: Wildlife Damage as an Opportunity to Teach Environmental Principles to a Confused Public. Pathways to Success: Human-Wildlife Dimensions Conference. Estes Park, CO. September. 29, 2008.
- Vantassel, S. 2013. The Practical Guide to the Control of Feral Cats. Lincoln, NE: Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. Click to Purchase
- Vantassel, S., P. Curtis, and S. Hygnstrom. 2013. National Wildlife Control Training Program: Supplemental Species Information. University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Cornell University. Click to Purchase
- Vantassel, S. 2012. The Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd edition. 2012. Lincoln, NE: Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. 180 pp. Click to Purchase pdf.
- Vantassel, S., P. Curtis, and S. Hygnstrom. 2012. National Wildlife Control Training Program: Core Principles and Information. University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Cornell University. Click to Purchase
- Vantassel, S. 2009. Dominion over Wildlife? An Environmental-Theology of Human-Wildlife Relations. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2009. Click to Purchase
- Vantassel, S. 1999. Wildlife Removal Handbook: A Guide to the Capture and Control of Urban Wild Animals, rev. & exp. Self published. ISBN 0-9668582-0-4
- Vantassel, S., T. Olander. 2001. Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook rev. & exp. Self-published. ISBN 0-9668582-4-7.
- Vantassel, S. 2002. A Beginner’s Guide to Mole Control Using NoMol Traps. Wildlife Control Supplies.
- Ferraro, Hygnstrom, and Vantassel. 2007. Bats in and around Structures. NebGuide G1667. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
- Vantassel, Hygnstrom, Ferraro, and Sam Wilson. 2007. Controlling Raccoon & Opossum Damage. NebGuide G1688. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
- Vantassel, Hygnstrom, Johnson, and Ferraro. 2006. Bat House Construction and Installation. NebGuide G1575. University of Nebraska Extension, Lincoln, NE.
- Vantassel, Hygnstrom, and Ferraro. 2006. Bait Stations for Controlling Rats and Mice. NebGuide G1646. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
- Vantassel, Stephen. 2006. “The New Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management.” Fur Taker Magazine. 42:2 (February) p.23.
- Vantassel, Hygnstrom, and Ferraro. 2006. Bait Stations for Controlling Rats and Mice. NebGuide G1646. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
- Vantassel, Stephen. 2006. “The Bailey Beaver Trap: Modifications and Sets to Improve Capture Rate.” Proc. 22nd Vertebrate Pest Conf. (R.M. Timm and J.M. O’Brien, Eds. University of Calif., Davis. pp.171-3.
- Vantassel, Stephen. Scott Hygnstrom, Paul Curtis, Robert Schmidt, Greg Yarrow, and Raj Smith. 2006. “The New Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management.” Proc. 22nd Vertebrate Pest Conf. (R.M. Timm and J.M. O’Brien, Eds. University of Calif., Davis. pp. 489-491.
Other Extension Publications
Vantassel, S. 2008. Job Selling Strategies. 15:2 (March-April) Wildlife Control Technology. pp. 42-3.
Vantassel, S. 2008. Artful Persuasion. 15:3 (May-June) Wildlife Control Technology. 34-35.
Hygnstrom, S., P. Curtis, R. Schmidt, G. Yarrow, R. Smith, and S. Vantassel. eXtension: a new opportunity for on-line issue-based programming. Pages 45-48 In R.M. Timm, editor. Proceedings of the Tricentennial Meeting of the Extension Fish and Wildlife Specialists.
Vantassel. 2007. “Choosing a Digital Camera.” 14:2 (March-April) Wildlife Control Technology. pp.24-5.
Vantassel. 2007. “Digital Camera Accessories.” 14:3 (May-June) Wildlife Control Technology. pp. 36-7.
Vantassel. 2007. “Rozol Information Sheet.” Private Applicator Study Guide. University Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. p.5.
Vantassel, Hygnstrom, and Ferraro. 2006. “Tips on Removing Skunk Odor.” No.3. Massachusetts Wildlife. pp.9-15.
Vantassel. 2006. “Stephen Vantassel.” Extension Wildlife and Fisheries: People, Places, and PROGRAMS. 11th Triennial Extension Wildlife And Fisheries Specialists Conference. October 14-18. pp. 63-66.
Vantassel. 2006. “Drift Fences for Snakes.” 13:4 (July-Aug) Wildlife Control Technology. pp.16-17,41.
Vantassel, and Hygnstrom. 2006. “Removing Skunk Odor.” 13:2 (Mar/April) Wildlife Control Technology. pp.22-5.
Vantassel. 2006. “Identification of Turf & Grass Landscape Wildlife Damage.” February. Acreage & Small Farm Insights Newsletter.
“Living with Wildlife Editor” for Suite101.com Oct 1, 1998-May 27, 2006.
Backyard Wildlife—13-Lined Ground Squirrels and Voles DVD 54 minutes $14.95 +S&H.
Backyard Wildlife Podcasts were posted on the main iTunesU page 6/4/2008. On that day alone over 144GB of data was downloaded
2012 NWCOA Wildlife Educator of the Year
2008 NWCOA Wildlife Damage Educator of the Year
2008 (Fall) University of Nebrasaka-Lincoln School of Natural Resources Staff Recognition Award.
VII. OTHER WILDLIFE DAMAGE CONTROL INDUSTRY ACTIVITIES:
Q.& A. Column writer for Animal Damage Control from December-1993 to January 1995.
Asst. Editor of Wildlife Control Technology Magazine, March-April, 1999-2001.
Founder of Massachusetts Association of Problem Animal Controllers in December, 1993. Registered with the state in 1996
Former NWCO Correspondent for the National Animal Damage Controllers Assoc.
Articles published in The Trapper-Predator Caller, Animal Damage Control, Probe, Wildlife Control Technology, Fur-Fish-Game, Condo Media, Pest Control Technology, American Society of Home Inspectors, NACA NEWS.
VIII. OTHER LIFE EXPERIENCES:
Vertebrate Pest Specialist. Montana Department of Agriculture. 2015-Present
Project Coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 2004-2008.
Program Coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2009-2015.
Emergency Medical Technician, licensed in Massachusetts. Hospital Orderly, Johnson Memorial Hospital. Stafford Springs, CT. 1990-1991.