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)

National organizations:

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 54871
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
Worchester 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 PennState University.

Wildlife Damage Control Center

Rutgers University, Snyder Research and Extension Farm,
Pittstown, 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:

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
fax: (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,
Munnsville 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:

  • Amphibians and Reptiles of the Great Lakes Region.
    J. H. Harding. 1997. University of Michigan Press.
  • Bird Tracks and Sign: A Guide to North American Species.
    M. Elbroch, E. Marks, and D.C. Boretos. 2001. Stackpole Books.
  • Bull’s Birds of New York State. E. Levine, ed. Comstock.    622 pp.
  • Tracking and the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Tracks and Signs, 2nd ed. P. Rezendes.  1999. Harper Resource. 336 pp.

Other notable books:

  • America’s Neighborhood Bats: Understanding and Learning to Live in Harmony with Them.
    M.D. Tuttle.     1988. University of Texas Press.
  • Being Kind to Animal Pests: A No-Nonsense Guide to Humane Animal Control with Cage Traps.
    S. Meyer.
  • Bird Hazards to Aircraft. H. Blokpoel. 1976. Books    Canada.
  • City Critters: How to live with urban wildlife.
    D. Bird. 1986. Eden Press.
  • Common-Sense Pest Control: Least-toxic Solutions for Your Home, Garden, Pets and Community.
    W. Olkowski,   S. Daar, and H. Olkowski. 1991. The Taunton Press. 715 pp.
  • The Humane Control of Wildlife in Cities & Towns.
    G. R. Hodge, ed. 1990. The Humane Society of the United States.
  • Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts: The Science of Wildlife Damage Management.
    M. Conover. 2002. Lewis Publishers, Inc. 440 pp.

from the NYS DEC (see website):

  • Beaver Damage Control Techniques Manual.
    1997. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
    (to order, see listing under “state agency.”)

from Cornell University:

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

  • Beasts Begone! A Practitioner’s Guide to IPM in Buildings.
    L. Braband. 2000. New York State IPM Program.
  • Guide to Pest Management Around the Home. Part 1: Cultural Methods; Part II: Pesticide Guidelines.
    C. Klass and K. Snover. 2000. Cornell Cooperative Extension Misc. Bulletin S74.
  • Human-Wildlife Conflict Management: A Practitioner’s Guide.
    D. Decker, T.B. Lauber, W.F. Siemer. 2002. Northeast Wildlife Damage ­Management Research and Outreach Cooperative.
  • Managing Canada Geese in Urban Environments: ATechnical Guide.
    A. E. Smith, S. R. Craven, and P. D. Curtis. 1999. Jack H. Berryman Institute Publication 16, and Cornell University Cooperative Extension.
  • Managing Nuisance Beavers Along Roadsides: A Guide for Highway Departments. P. G. Jensen,  P. D. Curtis and D. L. Hamelin. 1999. Cornell Cooperative Extension.
  • Managing White-tailed Deer in Suburban Environments: A Technical Guide.
    A. J. DeNicola, K. C. VerCauteren, P. D. Curtis, and S. E. Hygnstrom. 2000. Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Wildlife Society—Wildlife Damage Management Working Group, and the Northeast Wildlife Damage Research and Outreach Cooperative.
  • Pest Management Guide for Control of Wildlife (updated annually). P. D. Curtis, M.E. Richmond, S. C. Frantz. Cornell Cooperative Extension. from The Wildlife Society (see listing under “national organization”):
  • A Manual of Wildlife Conservation. R. D. Teague, ed. 1971. The Wildlife Society. Washington, D.C.
  • Research and Management Techniques for Wildlife and Habitats, 5tth  T. A. Bookhout, ed. 1994. The Wildlife        Society. 740 pp.from other state agencies/organizations:
  • Controlling Deer Damage. F. R. Henderson and C. Lee. 1992. Kansas State University Cooperative Extension Service.
  • Field Guide to Wildlife Diseases: General Field Procedures and Diseases of Birds.
    M. Friend J.  C. Franson, and E. A. Ciganovich, eds. 1999. U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division Information and Technology Report; 1999-001.
  • Field Manual of Wildlife Diseases in the Southeastern United States.
    W. R. Davidson and V. F. Nettles. 1988. Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Diseases Study. [Contact Field Manual, Dept. Of Parasitology, College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA30602]
  • A Homeowner’s Guide to Northeastern Bats and Bat Problems.
    L. Williams-Whitmer and M. Brittingham. 1995. State College: Penn State University Cooperative Extension. 22 pp.
  • NPCA Field Guide to Structural Pests:
    To order, contact NPMA at (800) 678-6722.
  • NTA Trapping Handbook: A Guide for Better ­Trapping.
    T. Krause. 1984.
  • Pest Control Technician Safety Manual.
    L. Pinto and S. Kraft. 2000. Pinto & Associates, Maryland.
  • Pocket Guide to the Humane Control of Wildlife in Cities and Towns.
    G. R. Hodge, ed. 1991. Humane Society of United States.
  • Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage.
    S. E. Hygnstrom, R. M. Timm, G. E. Larson, eds. 1994. Cooperative Extension Division, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska. Available online at , as a two-volume book, and on CD.
  • Skunk Ecology and Damage Management Techniques for Homeowners.
    R. Olson and A. M. Lewis. 1999. University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension.
  • Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Control Operations,
    5th ed. G. W. Bennett, J. M. Owens, and R. M. Corrigan. 1997. Purdue Univesity/Advenstar Communications.
  • Vertebrate Pest Handbook.
    Austin M. Frishman. 1999. To order, contact Advanstar Communications, Customer Service, 131 West 1st Street, Duluth, MN 55802 or call (218) 723-9180.
  • Wild Neighbors: The Humane Approach to Living with Wildlife. J. Hadidian, G. Hodge, and J. Grandy, eds. 1997. The Humane Society of the United States.
  • Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook.
    S. Vantassel and T. Olander. 1998. Wildlife Damage Control.
  • Wildlife Pest Control Around Gardens and Homes.
    T. P. Salmon and R. E. Lickliter. 1984. University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Publications. (Contact: 6701 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA 94608-1239. 415-642-2431).
  • Wildlife Removal Handbook: A Guide for the Control and Capture of Wild Urban Animals.
    S. Vantassel. 1994. Wildlife Damage Control. (To order either title, see listing for Wildlife Damage Control under “magazines, journals, newsletters.”)


from Cornell University:

  • Wildlife Damage Management Fact Sheets
    Series primary authors, Paul Curtis and Kristi Sullivan): some are online at , otherwise, check with the Resource Center:

    • Bats
    • Moles
    • Raccoons
    • Snakes
    • Striped skunks
    • Tree squirrels
    • Voles
    • White-tailed deer
    • Woodchucks
    • Woodpeckers
  • Evict and Exile Mice from Your Home
    J. Shultz, C. Koplinka-Loehr, K. Sharpe. 2000. New York State IPM Program.
  • IPM for Homes
    C. Koplinka-Loehr. 2000. New York State IPM Program.
  • Reducing Pesticide Exposure in the Home and Garden: Alternatives and Proper and Legal Use Resource Sheet.
    1997. Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors in NY State.
  • Resistance of Woody Ornamental Plants to Deer Damage.
    M. J. Fargione, P. D. Curtis, and M. E. ­Richmond. 1991. Home-Grounds-Garden Fact Sheet 800.00. Cornell Cooperative Extension.

from Pennsylvania State University:

  • Wildlife Damage Control series
    (primary authors L. M. Williams-Whitmer and M. C. Brittingham):

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:


  • Rabies Fact Sheet. 2000. New York State Department of Health. Publication 3010.
  • Skunk odor removal. T. Toburen. 2000. Paul W. Davis Systems, Inc. See:
  • Snakes of New York (brochure). G. Johnson. 1994. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
  • Urban wildlife fact sheet series. Fund for Animals. (especially the guidelines for choosing NWCOs?)
  • Wildlife Damage Management in Fruit Orchards. 1994




  •  “2000 Report of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia.” B. V. Beaver et al. 2001. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 218 (5): 669-696.
  • Bat Rabies in New York State. 1999. New York State Department of Health.
  • Bibliography of Cooperative Extension Service Literature on Wildlife, Fish, and Forest Resources. R. L. Ruff et. al. 1993. University of Wisconsin.
  • Controlling Animals that Cause Damage or Create a Nuisance. L. W. Adams. Urban Wildlife Resources.
  • “Integrated Rat Management.” L. Simon and W. Quarles. Common Sense Pest Control Quarterly vol. 12, no. 1, winter 1996.
  • EPA study of secondary poisoning studies with eagles, owls, coyotes, dogs, etc.:
  • “Responses of woodchucks to potential garden crop repellents.” R. K. Swihart and M. R. Conover. 1991. Journal of Wildlife Management 55: 177-181.
  • “Stopping gophers and moles.” W. Quarles. 2001. Commonsense Pest Control Quarterly 18 (4).
  • “Toward a professional position on the translocation of problem wildlife.” S. Craven, T. Barnes, and G. Kania. 1998. Wildlife Society Bulletin 26(1): 171-177.
  • University of Connecticut Occupational Health and Safety Program for Animal Handlers.
  • Wildlife and Diseases: Biohazards Associated with Exposure to Animals. R. A. French. 1997. Northeastern Research Center for Wildlife Diseases, University of Connecticut Department of Pathobiology.
  • Wildlife fertility control. K.A. Fagerstone, M.A. Coffey, P.D. Curtis, R.A. Dolbeer, G.J. Killian, L.A. Miller, and L.M. Wilmot. 2002. Wildlife Society Technical Review  02-2, 29pp.



American Trapper
National Trappers Association (NTA)
PO Box 3667, Bloomington IL 61702-3667
(309) 829-242
Fax: (309) 829-7615


2878 E. Main St.
Columbus, OH 43209
(614) 231-9585 • Fax: (614) 231-5735


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


Journal of Applied Ecology
Blackwell 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


  • Animal Diversity Web, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology: An online encyclopedia and museum of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and more.






  • Dobbins’ Products:
  • Includes many videos, publications, trapping tips, and a way to find trapping mentors











  • Bat-free Belfries: A Guide to Bat-Proofing. L. M. Willias-Whitmer and M. C. Brittingham. 1995. Pennsylvania State University.
  • The Facts About Bats: Exploring Conflicts and Designing Solutions. (29 min.). 2002. Cornell Cooperative Extension.
  • Suburban Deer Management: Voices, Views, Visions (28 min.). 1993. Cornell Cooperative Extension. 147VSDM.
  • Suburban Goose Management: Searching for Balance (28 min.). 1998. Cornell Cooperative Extension. 147VSGM. [see complementary manual, Managing Canada Geese in Urban Environments].
  • Summertime Beaver Control. (1 hr. 37 min.). Charles and Paul Dobbins. Dobbins’ Products.
  • Whitetails at the Crossroads. (30 min.). 1996. Cornell Cooperative Extension. 147VWC.


  • Vertebrate Pest Conference
    Offered in the spring of years ending in an even number (2014, 2016), this conference is hosted by a different university each time. To receive info, fill out the mailing list form on this website: