Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

September 1970


Many people are quite concerned and interested in the development of new avicides and in the continuation of existing ones. I think there are certain directions that the public at large expects industry and government to go in regards to control operations, pollution, and so forth. One of the things I think we need to concern our¬selves with is the fact that several biologically-oriented control mechanisms in control programs have been overlooked, sometimes intentionally. In the future, reg¬istration and regulatory groups are going to show more interest and a more amenable attitude toward biologically-oriented control programs, mechanism, and materials. Certainly there are many problems involved with the devel¬opment of these programs and some of them are not going to be at all practical. Some of the problems that are going to be involved within biologically-oriented control are more severe and more difficult to solve than are those problems connected with acute poisons. Nevertheless, I think the public is going to insist and demand that more research go in this direction. There will be continued research on acute poisons, but it will be downgraded; and, I am not too sure, but that an industry that has an in¬terest in developing and entering the field of avicides should consider the attitude of the public in the development of their research.