Headquarters for the Control Methods Research Laboratory moves from Albuquerque,
NM, to Denver, CO. Investigations of the food habits of wildlife
and the diseases, particularly avian botulism, that affect wildlife
The USDA Food Habits Laboratory is established in Denver, CO, to
study the food habits and economic impact of predators, other mammals,
and birds in the Western United States.
USDA's Bureau of Biological Survey and Bureau of Fisheries merge to
form Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) within United States Department
of the Interior (USDI). Control Methods Research and Food Habits
Laboratories combined to form Denver Wildlife Research Laboratory
under the new FWS.
Congress authorizes reorganization of FWS into Bureau of Commercial
Fisheries and Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife. As a result,
Denver Wildlife Research Laboratory expands focus to include study
of relationships between wildlife populations and their habitats
on public lands and effects of grazing, timber management, and other
Denver Wildlife Research Laboratory renamed Denver Wildlife Research
Center (DWRC). Congress charges DWRC with added responsibilities,
including establishing Pesticide-Wildlife Ecology Program to study
effects of pesticides on wildlife.
DWRC takes the lead in a long-term international research program in
cooperation with the United States Department of State’s Agency
for International Development aimed at discovering, developing, and
applying new and better methods to protect world food crops from
ravages of "rats, bats, and noxious birds."
DWRC expands research program to include new investigations on wildlife
ecology on public lands and wildlife damage.