The course is structured to inform you of the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to perform wildlife damage in a safe, responsible, effective, and ethical manner. We endeavored to find the delicate balance between thoroughness and brevity.
Be assured that much more could have been included, but we wanted to avoid overwhelming students.
The Basic Course consists of 17 separate modules that are divided into two sections:
Section 1, the Core Curriculum, contains twelve modules. These modules are considered "core" because they contain information every wildlife control operator (WCO) should know regardless of where he/she lives. In other words, the content of these twelve modules is not tied to a particular region.
Section 2, Species Modules, review the specific facts and techniques used to manage human-wildlife conflicts with particular animal groups. For the Basic Curriculum, we included only five species modules, including: Bats, Raccoons, Skunks, Tree Squirrels, and Unprotected Birds. These five were chosen as they represent the diversity of issues and control methods needed to handle almost any wildlife problem. If you know how to handle the species of these five modules, you can easily learn to control others.
All the species modules follow the same outline: Biology, Damage Identification, and Control Methods. Only control methods that are considered suitable for wildlife control operators were included. We only excluded methods that were illegal at the federal level, so be sure to check your state and local laws to see if the discussed methods are legal in your area.
Summation: This course was designed to provide you with an awareness of the issues and concepts essential to the field of wildlife damage management. With that core information in hand, we then present you with specific issues you will control as you enter the field and apply your skills to resolve client complaints (species modules).
The authors of this course bring more than 70 years of experience in the field of wildlife damage management.
- Professor Scott E. Hygnstrom, School of Natural Resources
- Stephen M. Vantassel, Project Coordinator, School of Natural Resources
- Dr. Paul Curtis, Extension Wildlife Specialist, Department of Natural Resources
*Once you start an online course there is no refund