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Other Interaction and Operations

Dispersed: WS dispersed 13 million animals, 72.3 percent of the wildlife it encountered in FY 2008 operations. Approximately 75% of WS research budget is devoted to the development of nonlethal tools and techniques for use in wildlife damage management. Many of these include dispersal tools, such as scare devices and repellents.

Freed: WS freed 40,645 animals, 0.22 percent of the wildlife it encountered in FY2008. WS makes every effort to ensure wildlife damage management activities avoid accidental take of nontarget animals.

Disease Samples: WS collected 112,031 samples from wildlife to test for 31 different wildlife-borne diseases, including those that can impact human health and agriculture. Sampling for highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza and rabies accounted for 68.8 percent and 21.6 percent of the samples respectively.

T&E Species Protection: WS expended $6.8 million in projects carried out to protect threatened or endangered species. During FY 2008, WS assisted in the conservation of 131 threatened and endangered species, through cooperative projects in 36 states, Guam and Cuba.

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