Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

February 1997


First, “Why would policy makers be interested in wildlife damage control in the first place?” In response, I would have to say that the problems with wildlife are increasing in number, diversity and complexity. Policy makers cannot afford to ignore controversies caused by them. We have problems in transportation with deer/automobiles collisions. We have airplane engines ingesting birds. We have health problems with respect to disease. Wildlife damage costs money. We also have problems with aesthetics. Some of the homeowners may not lose a lot of money when deer nibble their shrubs but they certainly don't like the looks of what they planted. All of these issues make it reasonable for policy makers to be interested in what you are doing.