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Michael J. Lavelle

    Mike Lavelle, Biologist


Mike Lavelle, Wildlife Biologist, works on damage management strategies for deer, elk, and feral swine. His primary focus has been on evaluating the efficacy of various non-lethal methods and the development of novel ideas for reducing potential for disease transmission through the fence between domestic (captive) and free-ranging wildlife. He has also evaluated the response of feral swine and white-tailed deer to rapid containment simulating disease-outbreak management actions. Most recently, his focus has included examining intra- and inter-species interactions amongst wildlife and livestock. His areas of expertise include the capture and chemical immobilization of elk, white-tailed deer and feral swine, methods for alleviating potential for disease transmission at the wildlife-livestock interface, and non-lethal techniques for reducing damage by ungulates.

NWRC Research Project: Ungulate Disease and Damage (MUDD) 

Current Research

  • Evaluation of wildlife-livestock interactions with potential for disease transmission
  • Feral swine capture and control techniques
  • Use of camera collars for collecting data from white-tailed deer


B.S., Wildlife Management, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Contact Information

  • Address: National Wildlife Research Center, 4101 Laporte Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado 80521
  • Telephone: 970-266-6129
  • E-mail: michael.j.lavelle@aphis.usda.gov

Recent Publications

Lavelle, M.J., J.W. Fischer, G.E. Phillips, A.M. Hildreth, T.A. Campbell, D.G. Hewitt, S.E. Hygnstrom, and K.C. VerCauteren. Assessing risk of disease transmission: Direct implications for an indirect science. Bioscience 64(6):524-530. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biu055.

Franklin A.B., K.C. VerCauteren, H. Maguire, M.K. Cichon, J.W. Fischer, M.J. Lavelle, A. Powell, J.J. Root, E. Scallan. 2013. Wild Ungulates as Disseminators of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli in Urban Areas. PLoS ONE 8(12):e81512 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081512.

VerCauteren, K.C., M. Lavelle, and T.W. Seamans. 2013. Excluding mammals from airports. Pages 49-59 in T.L. DeVault, B.F. Blackwell, and J.L. Belant, editors. Wildlife in Airport Environments: Preventing Animal-Aircraft Collisions through Science-Based Management. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, in association with The Wildlife Society.


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