Wildlife Damage Management

Squirrels, raccoons, foxes and other wildlife fascinate us. We watch them, provide habitat, and feed them–both intentionally and unintentionally.  However, wildlife can also damage property, be a nuisance, and pose threats to human health and safety thus demonstrating a clear need for safe and effective management.  This module will help you manage wildlife problems by developing solutions based on integrated pest management (IPM). IPM focuses on long-term prevention of pest problems through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, exclusion, removal, and use of resistant plant varieties. IPM for wildlife is called Integrated Wildlife Damage Management (IWDM).

This site was prepared by the PES IPM Collaboration Team and funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement X8-83927401 to Michigan State University.

Technical authors and reviewers:

Paul Curtis, Ph.D.
Wildlife Management Specialist
Cornell University
Stephen Vantassel, CWCP, ACE
Vertebrate Pest Specialist
Montana Department of Agriculture


Gary Fish, ME Dept. Ag., Conserv. & Forestry Joe LaForest, Univ. of Georgia
Ronda Hirnyck, Univ. of Idaho Kimberly Tate, Univ. of Idaho
Alyssa Foss, WI Dept. of Ag, Trade & Cons. Prot. Daniel Frank, Ph.D., Virginia Tech Univ.
Paul Jepson, Ph.D., OR State Univ. (retired) Kay Sargent, Univ. of MN (retired)
Joellen Lampman, NYS IPM, Cornell Univ. Dean Herzfeld, Ph,D., Univ. of MN (retired)
“G” Chahal, Ph.D., MN Dept. of Ag. Wayne Buhler, Ph.D., NC State Univ.

The information on this web page
is from the  Wildlife Control Operator Core Training Manual published by the National Wildlife Control Training Program