Safety is essential for everyone but it can be particularly acute for those in the working trades like wildlife control. Most wildlife control operators (WCOs) are self-employed. So if they get hurt, they pay for sick days out of their own pocket through lost wages. WCOs need access to safety publications but life is too short and fragile to learn from mistakes.
But finding safety publications or information dedicated to the needs of wildlife control operators are difficulty to find. Where do we send WCOs to get information that can protect them from harm without making them learn the hard way?
Fortunately, I and Brenda K. Osthus, Safety director at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, have a written a safety publication that moves WCOs in the right direction. This safety publication was originally to be published in the fifth edition of the Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage. But unfortunately, that revised publication has been delayed for years so we offered the article to the USDA-Wildlife Services to be part of the Wildlife Damage Management Technical Series. The Wildlife Damage Management Technical Series, to my understanding, was created to fill the gap left by the Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage. Readers of my column may recall this is the second article I have published with the USDA-Wildlife Services.
You can download a copy of this new safety publication by clicking Safety PublicationStephen M. Vantassel, CWCP, ACE, is the owner of Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. He helps people restore their balance with nature through publishing, training, consulting, and the internet. He has published numerous articles in trade and academic publications along with several books (http://kingsdivinity.academia.edu/StephenMVantassel). He is a sought after speaker and trainer. Copyright All postings are the property of Stephen M. Vantassel and Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. Text (not images) may be reprinted in non-profit publications provided that the author and website URL is included. If images wish to be used, explicit and written permission must be obtained from Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC.