Wildlife Services series highlights tools, techniques

By Michael C. Marlow, CWB, USDA Wildlife Services Staff Biologist; WDMTS Coordinating Committee

Wildlife Services’ online technical series covers a range of topics related to wildlife damage management. ©Wildlife Services

In 2016, USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services launched a new, online peer-reviewed technical series on wildlife damage management. Four titles have been added this year. The series consists of articles written by experts from university, federal, state, nongovernmental and industry partners as well as from Wildlife Services. It highlights wildlife species, their associated damage and recommended damage management tools and techniques.

The public and wildlife and natural resource professionals can view and download informative articles on a variety of wildlife species and damage management topics. Currently numbering 17 articles, the series covers methods, such as bird dispersal techniques, and individual species or groups. The most recent titles have been Mute Swans and Gulls. Articles discuss the basic biology and ecology of the species, specific damage issues and conflicts, and current damage management tools and techniques to prevent and resolve conflicts.

As the program tasked with providing federal leadership in wildlife damage management, Wildlife Services provides technical and operational assistance to thousands of individuals and organizations each year. Wildlife Services employees from both the National Wildlife Research Center and operational program contribute to this professional series.

New articles are posted online every few months or as they become available. Wildlife Services employees and collaborators are solicited each year for new topics and authors. Currently additional articles are in process, covering translocation and crows/ravens.

For more information on the series or how to submit a publication, please see the Wildlife Damage Management Technical Series webpage.

Wildlife Services is a Strategic Partner of TWS.


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