The scope of wildlife damage management activities continues to expand.
For example, increased populations of urban, resident Canada geese pose
nuisance/contamination problems in many municipalities throughout the
United States. New wildlife diseases (e.g., hantavirus, bovine TB, chronic
wasting disease) pose risks to human health, livestock production and
wildlife populations. Predators (i.e., red fox) can deter recovery efforts
for certain endangered/threatened species (i.e., California least tern).
Essentially, 4 parameters characterize the economics of wildlife damage
- crop (resource) value,
- crop (resource) damage,
- cost of the wildlife-management method (i.e., both personnel and
- effectiveness of the damage reduction.
This project seeks to quantify benefits and costs of new, and traditional,
wildlife management activities. What are the "real" costs
and returns of intervening with repellents, relocations, removals, rodenticides,
etc. to limit the effects of certain wildlife upon agriculture, natural
resources, or public health?
Project Leader: Dr.
Stephanie A. Shwiff
4101 LaPorte Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80521
NWRC's Economic Impacts to Colorado
Factsheet on Research Project
Vampire Bat Rabies Calculator (Spanish)
Vampire Bat Rabies Calculator (English)
Economic Benefits of Oral Rabies Vaccination
Solutions Through Science: Economics of Wildlife Damage Management
Project Goal and Objectives