Wildlife Damage Management
Dr. Kurt VerCauteren conducts research to create novel means of managing the diseases and damage of deer and elk to protect American agriculture. Dr. VerCauteren is a Project Leader in wildlife disease at the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center. His current research involves addressing scientific questions that will lead to a better understanding of diseases of ungulates and to develop means to manage and control them. Many of his efforts are focused at the interface between free-ranging cervids and livestock.
Deer, elk, chronic wasting disease, bovine tuberculosis, wildlife damage management
Taxonomic Groups of Interest
Broad array of studies associated with ecology and management of the diseases of ungulates
Products/Techniques Developed or Tested
Certified Wildlife Biologist, The Wildlife Society
Barasona, J.A., K.C. VerCauteren, N. Saklou, C. Gortazar, and J. Vicente. 2013. Effectiveness of cattle operated bump gates and exclusion fences in preventing ungulate multi-host sanitary interaction. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 111: 42-50. doi 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2013.02.009.
Dirsmith, K., K. VanDalen, T. Fry, B. Charles, K. VerCauteren, and C. Duncan. 2013. Leptospirosis in Fox Squirrels (Sciurus niger) of Larimer County, Colorado, USA. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 49(3): 641-645. doi: 10.7589/2012-10-265.
Drolet, B.S., L.M. Reister, T.D. Rigg, P. Nol, B.K. Podell, J.O. Mecham, K.D. VerCauteren, P.A. vanRijn, W.C. Wilson, and R.A. Bowen. 2013. Experimental infection of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) with Northern European bluetongue virus serotype 8. Veterinary Microbiology 166: 347-355. doi: 10.1016/jvetmic.2013.05.027.
Ellison, J. A., S. R. Johnson, N. Kuzmina, A. Gilbert, W. C. Carson, K. C. Vercauteren, and C. E. Rupprecht. 2013. Multidisciplinary Approach to Epizootiology and Pathogenesis of Bat Rabies Viruses in the United States. Zoonoses and Public Health 60:46-57.
Fischer, J.W., G.E. Phillips, T.A. Nichols, and K.C. Vercauteren. 2013. Could avian scavengers translocate infectious prions to disease-free areas initiating new foci of chronic wasting disease? Prion 7(4): 263-266. Abstract.
Fry, T.L., K.K. VanDalen, S.A. Shriner, S.M. Moore, C.A. Hanlon, and K.C. VerCauteren. 2013. Humoral immune response to oral rabies vaccination in raccoon kits: Problems and implications. Vaccine 31: 2811-2815. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.04.016.
Fry, T.L., K.K. VanDalen, C. Duncan, and K. Vercauteren. 2013. The safety of ONRAB® in select non-target wildlife. Vaccine 31: 3839-3842. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.06.069.
Hefley, T.J., D.E. Hygnstrom, J.M. Gilsdorf, G.M. Clements, A.J. Tyre, D.M. Baasch, K.C. VerCauteren. 2013. Effects of deer density and land use on mass of white-tailed deer. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 4(1): 20-32. doi 10.3996/022012-JFWM-015.
Hildreth, A.M., S.E. Hygnstrom, K.C. Vercauteren. 2013. Deer-activated bioacoustic frightening device deters white-tailed deer. Human-Wildlife Interactions 7(1): 107-113.
Nichols T.A., T.R. Spraker, T.D. Rigg, C. Meyerett-Reid, C.Hoover, B. Michel, J. Bian, E. Hoover, T. Gidlewski, A. Balachandran, K. O'Rourke, G.C. Telling, R. Bowen, M.D. Zabel, and K.C.VerCauteren. 2013. Intranasal inoculation of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) with lyophilized Chronic Wasting Disease prion particulate complexed to montmorillonite clay. PLoS ONE 8(5): e62455. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062455
Pilon, J.L., J.C. Rhyan, L.L. Wolfe, T.R. Davis, M.P. McCollum, K.I. O'Rourke, T. R. Spraker, K.C. VerCauteren, M. W. Miller, T. Gidlewski, T.A. Nichols, L.A. Miller, and P. Nol. 2013. Immunization with a synthetic peptide vaccine fails to protect mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) from chronic wasting disease. J Wildl Dis. 49(3):694-8.
Walter, W.D., J.W. Fischer, C.W. Anderson, D.R. Marks, T. DeLiberto, W. Robbe-Austerman, K.C. VerCauteren. 2013. Surveillance and movements of Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) in the bovine tuberculosis region of Michigan. Epidemiology and Infection 141: 1498-1503. doi: 10.1017/S0950268813000629.
Wyckoff, A. C., K. L. Lockwood, C. Meyerett-Reid, B. A. Michel, H. Bender, K. C. VerCauteren, and M. D. Zabel. 2013. Estimating prion adsorption capacity of soil by bioassay of subtracted infectivity from complex solutions (BASICS). PloS one 8. 10.1371/journal.pone.0058630
Last Modified: December 2, 2013