The mission of USDA APHIS Wildlife Services (WS) is to provide Federal leadership and expertise to resolve wildlife conflicts to allow people and wildlife to coexist. WS conducts program delivery, research, and other activities through its Regional and State Offices, the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) and its Field Stations, as well as through its National Programs.
Program biologists apply the integrated wildlife damage management approach to provide technical assistance and direct management operations in response to requests for assistance. WS NWRC research scientists are dedicated to the development of wildlife damage management methods.
The Program's efforts help people resolve wildlife damage to a wide variety of resources and to reduce threats to human health and safety. Funding for the WS Program is a combination of federal appropriations and cooperator-provided funds.
Wildlife Services conducts its activities pursuant to Memoranda of Understanding, other agreements and legal authorities, and conducts environmental review processes to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). WS develops Annual Program Data Reports to provide the public with information about its wildlife damage management activities.
The Wildlife Services (WS) Strategic Plan (Fiscal Years 2020-2024) encourages WS employees to achieve mission results focused on building public trust and delivering public service. The Plan informs employees and WS partners, stakeholders, and customers about WS’ vision, mission, values, guiding principles, goals, and objectives in delivering the WS mission and contributing to the missions of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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