A Walk Down Memory Lane
With my years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, some people forget that I used to
perform wildlife control services for a living. I wasn’t always a quasi-academic. I used to “work” for a living. To prove my bona fides, please see the attached image as “proof” that I used to work for a living. 🙂
This cover photo of Wildlife Control Technology magazine (March/April 1998) was of me when I owned Wildlife Removal Service, Inc., a wildlife control service company. I ran the company in Springfield, Massachusetts full time for nearly five years before selling it and working for the buyer.
This particular issue of Wildlife Control Technology magazine contained an article I wrote entitled “Buying a New Truck.” Click the previous link if you would like to read it. The article citation is Vantassel, Stephen. (1998). Buying a New Truck. Wildlife Control Technology, 5, Cover, 38-39.
There is a funny story connected to this cover photo. After the issue was published, I got a phone call from Virginia. The caller was asking me what I was doing with the drill. I laughed and said, Oh, some animal rights activist must be thinking I am drilling the squirrel in the head. She wasn’t laughing. Was it just coincidence that the caller was from Virginia and Virginia is the home of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)? It might be. Who knows.
I have also written a blog post about the dangers of depreciation. Depreciation is a business killer and many young WCOs get burned by this early in their business life.Stephen 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 (http://kingsdivinity.academia.edu/StephenMVantassel) along with several books (https://wildlifecontrolconsultant.com/store-2/). Listen to his podcast at PestGeek Podcast (https://pestgeekpodcast.com/). He is a sought after speaker and trainer. If you would like to have Stephen speak at your event or use his consultation services, send an e-mail to email@example.com. 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.