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Economic Research of Human-Wildlife Conflicts

Economics, Operations Research, and Social Dimensions of Wildlife Management 

Research Project

The scope of wildlife damage management activities continues to expand. For example, increased populations of urban, resident Canada geese pose nuisance/contamination problems in many municipalities throughout the United States. New wildlife diseases (e.g., hantavirus, bovine TB, chronic wasting disease) pose risks to human health, livestock production and wildlife populations. Predators (i.e., red fox) can deter recovery efforts for certain endangered/threatened species (i.e., California least tern).

Essentially, 4 parameters characterize the economics of wildlife damage management activities:

  1. crop (resource) value,
  2. crop (resource) damage,
  3. cost of the wildlife-management method (i.e., both personnel and materials) and
  4. effectiveness of the damage reduction.

This project seeks to quantify benefits and costs of new, and traditional, wildlife management activities. What are the "real" costs and returns of intervening with repellents, relocations, removals, rodenticides, etc. to limit the effects of certain wildlife upon agriculture, natural resources, or public health?

Project Leader: Dr. Stephanie A. Shwiff 
4101 LaPorte Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 266-6150 

Project Fact Sheet: 

Vampire Bat Rabies Calculator (Spanish)
Vampire Bat Rabies Calculator (English)

Economic Benefits of Oral Rabies Vaccination
Solutions Through Science: Economics of Wildlife Damage Management

Goal and Objectives 

Outreach Materials

Blackbird Damage to the Sunflower Crop in ND, SD, KS, CO, MN, TX, NE, and VT
Blackbird Damage to Sunflower Crops in Nebraska
Blackbird Damage to Sunflower Crops in North Dakota
Blackbird Damage to Sunflower Crops in South Dakota
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