One of the challenges of wildlife control work is that it is tied to the seasons. Human-animal conflicts increase when animals seek mates, dens, and struggle to raise young. Since work in wildlife control varies by season, it is essential that wildlife control operators (WCOs) know the life-cycles of animals in their area.
Develop Your Own Wildlife Calendar
You can create your own wildlife calendar in two ways. First, contact your state’s division of wildlife or game agency and speak to biologists in charge of the species you handle. Ask them when the species hibernate (if it does), mate, raise young, and when young disperse to seek their own territories. The second way is to record your own observations.
To help make sense of all the data, I suggest using a table with 12 rows (plus one for the headings) and 3 columns. Label the three columns of row 1 as Month, First 2 weeks and Second 2 weeks. Label the rest of the rows in column 1 according to the 12 months of the year. Setting this up in Microsoft Word will allow the table to grow as you put more information in it.
Benefits of the calendar
Use the calendar to plan your potential revenue stream as well as your advertising. The calendar also may help you prepare your truck for species that become active during the coming months.
About the Author
Stephen M. Vantassel is a Certified Wildlife Control Operator (CWCP®) who helps individuals, businesses, and agencies resolve wildlife damage issues through training, writing, expert witness, and research. His latest books are the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd edition and The Practical Guide to the Control of Feral Cats. He can be contacted at wildlifecontrolconsultant at gmail dot com.
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