National Wildlife Control Training Program, vol. 2. Supplemental Species Information
You may have already heard of the National Wildlife Control Training Program (NWCTP). This training program was developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Cornell University to provide states and companies with a basic curriculum to certify and/or train workers in wildlife damage management. This same group has recently published (Feb, 2013) volume 2 in the National Wildlife Control Training Program series.
Volume 2 contains biology, damage, and management suggestions for 29 additional species. Each of these species is commonly found in the U.S. The information provides only what is necessary for a wildlife control operator to know to manage the species under real-world conditions. However, readers should understand that the text assumes readers have access to volume 1. Like volume 1, this volume is also certified by the National Wildlife Control Operators Association.
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About the Author
Stephen M. Vantassel is a certified wildlife control operator who helps individuals, businesses, and agencies resolve wildlife damage issues through training, writing, expert witness, and research. His latest book is the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd edition. He can be contacted at wildlifecontrolconsultant at gmail dot com.
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History on the National Wildlife Control Training Program
For those of you not familiar with this project, let me provide a little background. Regrettably, most states lack even rudimentary training requirements for the licensing of wildlife control operators (WCO). Part of the reason for this situation is the dearth of training materials and the fact that state wildlife agencies, already underfunded and overworked, don’t have the resources to create a program let alone administer it. Our program seeks to correct that. We have created a training program designed to provide beginning WCOs the fundamentals of the trade.
We will provide this training in multiple ways, including print (book forthcoming in January, 2011), online (January 2011) and in person if states desire that. This training will also be open to businesses wishing to train new workers.
Description of the National Wildlife Control Training Program
The training consists of two main parts. First is the core modules. Core modules are what we believe every WCO should know regardless of where they live. It’s written in a manner that makes it suitable for WCOs regardless of their respective state laws.
Part 2 consists of species modules. Each species module will address the biology, damage, and control methods related to that particular species. We anticipate that states or individuals can select which species they want to learn about. This allows individuals to learn about species that they are allowed to control.
The exam at the end will cover the modules that were selected.
In addition, states that wish to work with us, can edit the species modules so that only those techniques permitted in their state are discussed. Biology and range information can also be adjusted to reflect the specific facts in that respective state. These state specific training materials can then be printed and/or provided on-line. States won’t have to bear the costs of hosting or modification of materials as the user can bear the full price. What is that price? We don’t know at the moment because we are still preparing the document for publication. But we anticipate the on-line training (which will have additional training resources than what can be provided by the book) to be less than 200 dollars which will include the cost of the exam. Of course, advanced training modules will be provided in the future. If you are interested in providing advanced training, please contact me. We want to work with you.
Outline of the National Wildlife Control Training Program
Here is an outline of the National Wildlife Control Training Program
Part 1 WCO Core Training Modules
1. Principles of Wildlife Damage Management – Introduction to principles, definition of concepts, best practices concepts,.
2. Physical Safety – The section on physical safety (like ladder safety) and expand on details related to working in the field dealing with animal capture and certain control techniques.
3. Wildlife Diseases – We discuss personal safety, personal protection equipment, common diseases, and the meaning and problems of zoonotic diseases.
4. Site Inspection – The process and theory of on-site investigation of wildlife damage complaints.
5. Overview of wildlife control methods – The overview of control methods prepares technicians for the control techniques they fill find in the species specific information.
6. Animal Handling—Treatment and capture of free-ranging and trapped animals. .
7. Euthanasia & Carcass Disposal—Killing methods and options for the disposition of carcasses.
8. Business Practices – Overview of standard business practices. This is NOT a how to run you business.
9. Legal and Ethical Issues – The importance of following federal, state and local laws. Demonstration of values, business and personal ethics, the ethical treatment of wildlife (animals in general) in the media.
PART 2 Species Modules
Stephen Vantassel, Project Coordinator, CWCP, ACP
Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management
School of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
414 Hardin Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0974 U.S.A.
web site: http://icwdm.org
Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC.
Announcing Stephen M. Vantassel’s latest book:
Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd ed.
The 3rd edition is completely revised and expanded. It is now 180 pages (8.5×11), perfect bound, and printed in full color. With almost 500 photos and images for illustrative support, readers learn about the principles of identifying damage to structures, gardens, and predation to livestock. The book has 12 chapters and 25 species modules that provide the essential and technical informaiton necessary to correctly identify damage by vertebrate species.
Hard copy: Cost: $85.00 plus 5.85 for priority shipping with delivery confirmation to the continental U.S.
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Let me put my years of writing for the wildlife damage management industry to work for you.New products?Biographies?How-to? Training manuals?Reviews–I will review books, manuals, and products related to wildlife damage management. Contact me for details. Expert WitnessAs the wildlife damage management industry grows, legal issues will follow. I can provide testimony regarding: industry practices, negligence, fraud, and liability. Accepted as an expert in a binding arbitration case in Virginia, 2009.
Stephen is available for speaking at conferences, workshops, and at a company work sites.
His speaking engagements have included:
- New York State Wildlife Management Association’s Annual Meeting, Oswego, NY (Feb 24-25, 2012)
- A All Animal Control Annual Meeting, Charleston, WV (Jan, 2012)
- Kansas Pest Control Training (Cat 1C) Bird Control & Bird Diseases (Oct, 2011)
- Connecticut NWCO Association Annual Meeting (2011)
- National Wildlife Control Operators Association Annual Conference (Jan, 2011)
- Kansas State Pest Control Association Meeting (2010)
- National Pest Management Association Annual Conference
- National Pest Management Association Wildlife Management Conference (2008)
- Nebraska Urban Pest Management Conference (2009-2011)
- New York Wildlife Control Operators Association Meeting
- Wildlife Control Technology Seminars
- State of the Wildlife Control Industry
- Marketing and the Wildlife Control Industry
- National Wildlife Control Training Program (now available in Print click NWCTP)
- Raccoon Research
- Inspecting Structures for Wildlife Damage
- Issues to Consider before Starting a Wildlife Control Business
- Rabies and the Wildlife Control Operator
- Disease Safety
- Safety on the Job
- Woodchucks and Skunks