Skip to main content

U.S. flag An official website of the United States government

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA FAQ's and resources about coronavirus (COVID-19).  LEARN MORE

USDA Wildlife Services Highlights Nonlethal Wildlife Damage Management Tools

Invasive rodents on islands, predators eating livestock, vultures pecking at property, birds colliding with airplanes. Wildlife damage can take many forms. As such, wildlife managers need a variety of tools to help reduce damage.

To help explore many of the preventative or nonlethal tools developed and improved by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife Services, we invite you to view the program’s new online story map, Nonlethal Tools for Wildlife Damage Management.

Use the story map to:

  • Learn about the use of fladry and livestock protection dogs to prevent livestock predation.
  • See how a unique scare device disperses damaging vulture roosts.
  • Explore efforts to advance vaccine, wildlife contraceptive, and gene-drive technologies to address wildlife disease issues, as well as overabundant or invasive species populations.
  • Discover improvements to tools and techniques, such as detector dogs, repellents, and habitat modification.

Click here to learn more about this story map and others. Note the story map is best viewed using Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox browsers.

wildlife collage


USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit

Complementary Content