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WS Vision, Mission and Goals

Vision - Living With Wildlife

WS' vision is to improve the coexistence of people and wildlife. The program recognizes that the entire field of wildlife damage management is in a period of change, and those involved with this field must consider a wide range of public interests that can conflict with one another. These interests include wildlife conservation, biological diversity, and the welfare of animals, as well as the use of wildlife for purposes of enjoyment, recreation and livelihood.


The mission of Wildlife Services (WS) is to provide Federal leadership in managing problems caused by wildlife. WS recognizes that wildlife is an important public resource greatly valued by the American people. By its very nature, however, wildlife is a highly dynamic and mobile resource that can damage agricultural and industrial resources, pose risks to human health and safety, and affect other natural resources. The WS program carries out the Federal responsibility for helping to solve problems that occur when human activity and wildlife are in conflict with one another.

The WS program strives to develop and use wildlife damage management strategies that are biologically sound, environmentally safe, and socially acceptable. WS also strives to reduce damage caused by wildlife to the lowest possible levels while at the same time reducing wildlife mortality. This approach represents the future towards which WS is moving. In charting this course, WS must continuously improve and modify wildlife damage management strategies.


The four main goals of WS are to provide wildlife services, develop effective methods, value and invest in people, and to inform and communicate.

Providing Wildlife Services

Provide high quality wildlife damage management services for our customers that result in the protection of agriculture, wildlife and other natural resources, property, and human health and safety.

Developing Methods

Develop and use effective flexible methods that are biologically, environmentally, and socially sound. Emerging technologies and improved knowledge of wildlife behavior and human values can lead to new strategies for resolving wildlife damage problems.

Valuing and Investing in People

Promote an organizational culture that values and invests in our people to support their professionalism, competency, and innovation as Federal leaders of wildlife management.

Information and Communication

Collect and analyze internal and external information to monitor and enhance program effectiveness. Communicate internally and externally to accomplish our mission and to build an understanding of the Federal role in wildlife damage management.

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