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NWRC - Mission Objectives

NWRC develops effective wildlife damage management methods through contributions in the following areas:

  • Damage assessment
  • Investigation of the biology and behavior of problem animals
  • Evaluation of the impact of management practices on wildlife and the environment
  • Development and improvement of present management technologies
  • Investigation of potential applications of new management technologies
  • Support of registration of chemicals and drugs used to manage wildlife
  • Transfer of scientific and technical information
  • Provision of scientific guidelines on wildlife damage for use by regulatory agencies
  • Development of cooperative research and training with other organizations
  • Responsiveness to needs of user groups and the public.

The Center evaluates damage situations and develops methods and tools to reduce or eliminate damage and resolve land-use conflicts. NWRC scientists study birds, mammalian predators, rodents, and other wildlife that cause serious but localized damage problems. The Center designs studies to ensure that the methods developed to alleviate animal damage are biologically sound, effective, safe, economical, and acceptable to the public. NWRC scientists produce the appropriate methods, technology, and materials for reducing animal damage. Through the publication of results and the exchange of technical information, the Center provides valuable data and expertise to the public and the scientific community, as well as to APHIS's Wildlife Services (WS) program.

NWRC A Leader in Nonlethal Wildlife Solutions

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