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Wildlife damage problems are experienced by all segments of society. Row crops, forages, rangeland, fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, and turf are all susceptible to wildlife damage at various stages of development. Agricultural producers lose billions of dollars each year due to crop damage caused by deer, voles, blackbirds, and other wildlife species (Conover et al. 1995). In addition, over 75,000 people are injured annually or become ill in North America due to wildlife-related incidents. For most of these problems, IPM principles can be applied to reduce damage to tolerable levels. Information, materials, and services on wildlife damage management are available through educational institutions, agencies, and private industry, but access is highly variable, depending on the location and type of problem that exists. The worldwide web provides an excellent opportunity to consolidate existing and future information on IPM and wildlife damage management. The authors have developed a Center on the worldwide web (html.www.ianr.unl/wildlife) to facilitate distribution of information and increase adoption of IPM practices. They anticipate that it will become a widely known, one-stop website that facilitates access to up-to-date, comprehensive, and useful information on wildlife damage management. The project is national, if not international, in scope.
The goal of this project is to increase adoption of IPM practices through the development and maintenance of a website on the internet that will centralize access to wildlife damage management information. The 420 measurable objectives include: 1) increase public access (producers, consultants, homeowners) to all internet information on IPM practices associated with wildlife damage management; 2) increase public access to agencies, organizations, consultants, and materials vendors that provide information and assistance on wildlife damage management; and 3) increase communication among resource professionals associated with IPM and wildlife damage management on the internet. It is anticipated that the website will significantly increase producer and public awareness of wildlife damage problems and management techniques.