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WS 2011 Research Needs Assessment


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 co-exist. In support of this mission, the WS National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) applies scientific expertise to the development of practical methods to resolve these problems and to maintain the quality of the environments shared with wildlife (USDA, 2011).

Beginning in 1989, and about every five years thereafter, WS has conducted a national research needs assessment (RNA) ( Packham and Connolly 1992; Bruggers et al. 1996, 2002; Clark et al. 2007). These RNAs, along with Congressional Directives, guidance from the WS Deputy Administrator, and stakeholder input, are important in setting WS research priorities and allocating NWRC resources. This document reports on the results of the most recent WS RNA.

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BRUGGERS, R.L., R. OWENS, AND T. HOFFMAN. 2002. Wildlife damage management research needs: perceptions of scientists, wildlife managers, and stakeholders of the USDA/Wildlife Services program. International. Biodeteriorioration and Biodegradation 49:213-223.

BRUGGERS, R. L., R.OWENS, B. CLAY, R. REYNOLDS, AND C. SMITHh. 1996. Research Needs Assessment, USDA/Animal Damage Control Program, Methods Development, 1996. Unpublished report, USDA/APHIS/WS National Wildlife Research Center.

CLARK, L., D. NELSON, AND K. GUSTAD. 2007. USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services Research Needs Assessment 2006. Unpublished report, USDA/APHIS/WS National Wildlife Research Center.

PACKHAM, C. J., AND G. CONNOLLY. 1992. Control methods research priorities for Animal Damage Control. Proceedings Vertebrate Pest Conference 15:12- 16.

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