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The Pennsylvania Game Commission has, throughout our existence, tried many new approaches to solve our wildlife/ human conflicts. In recent years, the District Game Protector has been plagued with calls requesting help with nuisance wildlife, especially in the high population urban areas. While the law provides for methods of dealing with deer and bear which cause damage to crops and related materials, little is included to simplify the situation created by small mammal wildlife pests. With limited manpower available, which has been further complicated as a result of the Supreme Court ruling regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act and overtime pay, it became imperative that we find a better way to handle these problems. Meetings and discussions with several of our urban Officers helped us develop a Wildlife Pest Control permit concept which was presented to our Commission, approved and implemented in the fall of 1983.