Best practices
for nuisance wildlife control operators in New York State

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The following list is not comprehensive, but should give you a sense of what’s readily available. Inclusion does not indicate an endorsement nor does omission indicate disapproval by the New York State Department of Environmental­ ­Conservation or Cornell University. This list was last updated 6/03.


ORGANIZATIONS (whose mission includes nuisance wildlife control activities)

Federal agencies:

United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services Unit (USDA-APHIS-WS)

Formerly known as the “Animal Damage Control Unit.” Provides advice, particularly about Canada geese and roosting crows and blackbirds. Their website includes fact sheets on specific tools, such as low-powered lasers and the electronic guard, among other topics.

United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Federal Permit Office
United States Department of Interior
Contact: Nadine Fleming, P.O. Box 799
, MA 01035-0779

(413) 253-8643

International organizations:

International Assoc. of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Furbearer Resources Technical Work Group

444 N. Capitol St. NW, Suite 544
, D.C. 20001
(202) 624-7890

Conducts research on best management practices for trapping furbearers, which includes some nuisance species

National organizations:

The Fund for Animals

Urban Wildlife Office, PO Box 3665, Amity Station
New Haven, CT 06525
(203) 389-4411

The Humane Society of the United States

2100 L Street, NW, Washington DC 20037
(202) 452-1100

National Animal Control Association (NACA)

P.O. Box 480851, Kansas City MO, 64148.
(800) 828-6474
• e-mail:  
Publishes NACA News and NACA Training Guide. Operates the NACA Training Academy.

National Animal Damage Control Association (NADCA)

Mr. Ron Jones, Treasurer, NADCA, Route 1, Box 37
Shell Lake
, WI
Publishes a monthly newsletter, The Probe.

National Trappers Association (NTA)

PO Box 3667, Bloomington IL 61702-3667
(309) 829-242   fax: (309) 829-7615

Offers liability insurance to members. Publishes Trapper and Predator Caller and American Trapper.

National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA)

1832 North Brazil Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219
(317) 895-9060

local chapter: region 7 (NY, MA, NH, CT, RI, VT, ME).  Don LaFountain, CWCP, director: (413) 586-0890

The Wildlife Society

Grosvenor Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-2144
(301) 897-9770  Fax: (301) 530-2471

Sponsors the Wildlife Damage Management Working Group.

Northeast regional organizations:

Northeast Association of Wildlife Damage ­Biologists (NEAWDB)

Tim Algeo, President, P.O. Box 108
VT 05682
(802) 223-8690

Publishes quarterly Technical Notes newsletter.

Northeast Wildlife Damage Management Cooperative

Contact: Paul Curtis, , or Gary San Julian, 
A partnership of universities and federal and state agencies from CT, DE, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, VI, and West Virginia. Jointly run by Cornell University and Penn State University.

Wildlife Damage Control Center

Rutgers University, Snyder Research and Extension Farm,
, NJ
   (908) 730-9419
• fax: (908) 735-8290

Wildlife Damage Management Program (Cornell)

(see listing under “state organization”)

State agencies:

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

Division of Animal Industry
1 Winners Circle
, Albany, NY 12235
Dr. John Huntley, Director. (800) 554-4501 ext. 73502

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC):

            Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Marine Resources, Bureau of Wildlife:

625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4750
(518) 402-8919 • fax: (518) 402-9027.

                For a list of regional offices, see Appendix D

                Wildlife Damage Management Unit

                (518) 402-8924

            Bureau of Pesticides Management: (518) 402-8760


There are many relevant resources on the DEC website, , such as:

            • Wildlife Damage Control:
• List of NYS wildlife, organized by legal status:

            • List of endangered and threatened NYS wildlife:

            • List of pesticide products currently registered in New York State. Updated weekly:

NYS Department of Health (DOH):

            Rabies Lab: Wadsworth Center, PO Box 509,
Albany NY 12201-0509
(518) 869-4527

             Zoonoses Program: ESP, Corning Tower, Rm 621, Albany NY 12237-0627  (518) 474-3186

             Bureau of Injury Prevention: Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237 (518) 473-1143

 Bureau of Controlled Substances (for information about securing a Certificate of Need for the use of syringes and needles):  30 Watervliet Ave., Albany NY 12206 • (518) 457-0160

State organizations:

Cornell Cooperative Extension Wildlife Damage ­Management Program

Dept. of Natural Resources, Cornell University
Room 108 Fernow Hall, Ithaca NY 14853-3001
(607) 255-2835  Email: 

            Affililated with:

• C.U. Department of Natural Resources

• Human Dimensions Research Unit

• NY Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

NYS Integrated Pest Management Program

• National Wildlife Control Operators Assoc., region 7

New York State Animal Control Assoc. (NYSACA)

c/o Jack Woods, P.O. Box 885, Oswego, NY 13126
(315) 598-3606

New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM)

NYSAES, Geneva, NY 14456-0462
(315) 787-2353 or (800) 635-8356 
: (315) 787-2360 

New York State Trappers Association (NYSTA)

3594 Black Creek Road, Cold Brook, NY 13324
(315) 826-7823
Fax: (518) 392-6190

Secretary and treasurer: Peter Bartholonew

New York State Wildlife Management Association (NYSWMA)

c/o Robert Meakin,
5721 Middle Rd
, R2 Box 176,
NY 13409

(315) 495-5561



Available from libraries and bookstores:

Field guides are an indispensable tool for NWCOs. Select a few for whichever species you handle, such as field guides for mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, or animal tracks and signs. There are several ­excellent, well-known series such as those published by Peterson, Audubon, Stokes, and National Geographic. Pick your favorites. Here are a few lesser-known guides that may also interest you:

Other notable books:

from the NYS DEC (see website):

from Cornell University:

(Order from Resource Center, 7 Business & Technology Park, Ithaca, NY 14850. (607) 255-2090. Email: )


from Cornell University:

from Pennsylvania State University:

o       Black Bear

o       Chipmunks

o       Controlling Birds Around Farm Buildings

o       Controlling Birds at Aquaculture Facilities

o       Controlling Birds on Fruit Crops

o       Cottontail Rabbits

o       Geese, Ducks, and Swans

o       Moles

o       Rabies

o       Voles

 ·        Integrated Pest Management for the Deer Tick. 1994.

 from USDA-APHIS-WS (on their website,

 o       Urban and suburban coyotes.

o       Low-powered lasers: another nonlethal tool for resolving wildlife damage.

o       Livestock guarding dogs.

o       The electronic guard: A tool in predation control.

o       WS assistance with waterfowl.

o       WS assistance at airports.


from other agencies and ­organizations:







American Trapper
National Trappers Association (NTA)
PO Box 3667
, Bloomington IL 61702-3667

(309) 829-242 
Fax: (309) 829-7615


2878 E. Main St
, OH 43209

(614) 231-9585 • Fax: (614) 231-5735


Furtaker Magazine
Fur Takers of America
PO Box 18248
, KY 40261


Journal of Applied Ecology
lackwell Science Ltd, Osney Mead
Oxford OX2 0EL United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1865 206206
Fax: +44 1865 721205


Journal of Mammalogy
Allen Marketing & Management,
810 East 10th Street, P.O. Box 1897,
Lawrence, KS 66044-8897.
phone (785) 843-1235 
fax (785) 843-1274

published by The American Society of Mammalogists


Journal of Wildlife Management


published by The Wildlife Society


Pest Control Technology

4012 Bridge Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

(800) 456-0707


Pest Control magazine

(888) 527-7008


The Probe

The University of Arizona

School of Renewable Natural Resources

Wildlife Damage Management

325 Biosciences East, Tucson, AZ 85721

(520) 621-7998 • Email:


The Trapper and Predator Caller magazine

Circulation Dept. ABAU33; 700 E. State St.,

Iola WI, 54990-0001

(800) 258-0929 •


Trapper’s World

PO Box 96, Galloway, OH 43119

(614) 878-6011


Wildlife Control Technology (W.C.T.) magazine

P.O. Box 480, Cortland IL, 60112


Wildlife Damage Control Specialist Newsletter

Wildlife Damage Control (WDC),

PMB 102, 340 Cooley St., Springfield, MA 01128

(413) 796-9916 • Fax: (413) 796-7819.



Wildlife Society Bulletin


Published by The Wildlife Society
























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