National Wildlife Control Training Program
Despite rapid growth within the wildlife damage management industry, many states still
lack meaningful training standards and requirements. Wildlife agencies often lack the staff, funding, and expertise required to create a training program for wildlife control operators (WCO). The authors, who bring more than 70 years of experience to the field, believe the time is right to provide a core training program for WCOs.
National Wildlife Control Training Program, 119 8x5x11-inch pages, is written by Stephen M. Vantassel, Paul D. Curtis, and Scott E. Hygnstrom with technical assistance from Raj Smith and Lynn Braband. This is a preliminary draft and is open for comments. The authors want state regulators, company trainers, and sole proprietors to know that the training is being adapted for online training. Training can be adapted to individual state and company needs.
Contents of the National Wildlife Control Training Program
Training consists of two sections: Section 1 delves into core training that every WCO should know regardless of state or animals being controlled. Section 2 covers the species and species types that WCOs would typically encounter. Species modules address biology, damage and its identification and effective control techniques available for management of the species.
Section 1 Core Training Modules:
- Principles of Wildlife Damage Management – Introduction to principles, definition of concepts, best practices concepts.
- 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.
- Wildlife Diseases – We discuss personal safety, personal protection equipment, common diseases, and the meaning and problems of zoonotic diseases.
- Site Inspection – The process and theory of on-site investigation of wildlife damage complaints.
- Overview of wildlife control methods – The overview of control methods prepares technicians for the control techniques they fill find in the species specific information.
- Animal Handling—Treatment and capture of free-ranging and trapped animals.
- Euthanasia & Carcass Disposal—Killing methods and options for the disposition of carcasses.
- Business Practices – Overview of standard business practices and legal issues.
- 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.
Section 2 Species Modules
- Tree Squirrels (fox, gray, red, and flying): biology, damage, and control methods.
- (Other species modules are under development).
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