USDA Appoints National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee Members

USDA Appoints National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee Members

Carol Bannerman (301) 851-4093

Lyndsay Cole (970) 494-7410

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the appointment of 20 members to the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (NWSAC).  Membership represents a broad range of agricultural, animal welfare and wildlife interests.

During their terms, the committee members will advise USDA on the activities and policies of wildlife services (WS), a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Selected candidates represent academia, airport safety, animal welfare, aquaculture, farmers, producers and livestock industry, private pest control, state wildlife agencies, Tribal nations and the veterinary field. The Committee serves as a public forum enabling those affected by the Wildlife Services program to have a voice in the program’s policies.

Serving their first appointment on the advisory board are: Mark Zaunbrecher, Louisiana Rice Growers and Cameron Rice Growers Associations; Irma Cauley, farmer/producer; Allen Olsen, livestock/sheep Industry; Dena Fritz, livestock industry; Brent Miller, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation; Kenneth Wilson, Colorado State University; Daniel Sullivan, U.S. Air Force BASH Team; Charles Williamson, National Aquaculture Association; Reginal Herman, National Sunflower Association; Joel Dennis, Texas Sheep and Goat Raiser’s Association; Burdell Johnson, American Sheep Industry; Joseph Lanham, National Wildlife Control Operators Association; Ronald Regan, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies;  and Dr. James LaCour, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  

Committee members can serve up to three consecutive terms. Previously serving advisors eligible for re-appointment and selected are: Maggie Brasted, Humane Society of the United States; Andrea Lococo, Animal Welfare Institute; Howard Dew, Oregon Forest Industries Council; Scott Steckel, National Pest Management Association; Scott Bender, Navajo Nation; and Stephen Schmitt, American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians and Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Nominations for individuals to serve on the committee were received from interested organizations, the academic community, stakeholder groups, individuals and other related parties following extensive outreach.  

The NWSAC advises on the activities, policies and research needed to conduct Wildlife Services, which assists where wildlife cause damage or conflict with people.  This ranges from verifying and managing livestock depredation by predators to offering advice on limiting bird damage to aquaculture and crop operations. With independent state offices, the program responds to local requests with most direct assistance covered by user fees.  


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