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U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is a multi-faceted Agency that is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that promotes U.S. agricultural health. APHIS administrates the Animal Welfare Act and carries out wildlife damage management activities. The mission of USDA APHIS Wildlife Services (WS) is to provide Federal leadership and expertise in resolving wildlife conflicts; promoting coexistence between people and wildlife.

Through a cost sharing service agreement contract with USDA each year, a Wildlife Specialist from APHIS provides professional consultations to our District, and assists the Vector Control Officers in resolving wildlife-related problems and the management of wildlife damage in Alameda County.

Prevention and Control of Wildlife of Wildlife Damage

USDA-APHIS website www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage provides extensive information on animal health/diseases, regulations, assessments, imports/exports wildlife and control of invasive species.

The documents below were published in “Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage” (1994), Editors: Scott E. Hygnstrom, Robert M. Timm, and Gary E. Larson.

This exhaustive manual was developed through a consortium of: the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; United States Department of Agriculture—Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Animal Damage Control; and the Great Plains Agricultural Council Wildlife Committee, 1994.

This publication was made possible in part by a grant from the US Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-Animal Damage Control and through the cooperation of the Natural Resources and Rural Development Unit, Extension Service, US Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.

The authors of each individual monograph were experts in their field at the time of publication, and each monograph has been peer reviewed. Some of the products in the toxicants control sections, and local laws governing trapping and legal status may have changed since the time of publication, but the overall biology and behavior give keen insight into the individual animal described and can still provide sound wildlife damage control advice. Always check local regulations!

The following documents are provided in Portable Document Format (PDF) and require the free Adobe Reader.


The Handbook: Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage.


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