Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


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Wildlife species have an important role in our environment and they provide many recreational, economic, and aesthetic benefits. Management of these species is necessary, however, when they cause damage to agricultural, industrial, and natural resources, and threaten personal property, public health, and safety. Published estimates indicate that commensal rodents, field rodents, and predators combined, cause >$2 billion in damage in North America annually. Because of the social and economic impacts of wildlife damage, there is a need for up-to-date information on the prevention and control of wildlife damage for producers, resource managers, administrators, and the public. The book, "Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage," edited by Robert M. Timm (1983) (Handbook) has served as the principal reference in this field. The Handbook currently contains 65 chapters (650 pages) by 45 authors who are recognized as authorities in wildlife damage management. Over 8,500 copies have been sold and are being used by personnel from the U.S. Department of Agriculture -Extension Service (ES) and Division of Animal Damage Control (ADC), natural resources agencies, municipalities, private pest control operations and others throughout the United States, as well as other countries. The Handbook has been reprinted four times and was recognized by the Natural Resources Council of America as "Outstanding Book for 1983." Previous Handbook sponsors include the University of Nebraska-Cooperative Extension (UNCE), ES, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Great Plains Agricultural Council.