Eastern Wildlife Damage Control Conferences


Date of this Version

September 1985


Wildlife damage control is an important objective of resource management on the 191 million acres of National Forest System (NFS) lands administered by the USDA Forest Service. Policy on wildlife damage control is based on the USDA Policy on Fish and Wildlife (Secretary's Memorandum 9500-3, July 1983). The objective of wildlife damage control is to reduce damage and loss by wildlife on all NFS lands to levels consistent with management objectives. Control measures are only undertaken when and where necessary to realize wildlife management objectives and to prevent serious damage to public or private property and natural resources. Because of its economic and environmental advantages, the Forest Service (FS) supports and promotes the concept of integrated pest management in all attempts to reduce economic losses caused by vertebrate animals.