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USDA Wildlife Services Highlights Wildlife Damage Management Tools

Posted by Gail Keirn, APHIS Legislative and Public Affairs in Animals Technology
Apr 03, 2020
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Wildlife damage can take many forms. USDA Wildlife Services scientists highlight their work to develop and improve damage management tools in a new online story map.

Invasive rodents on islands, predators eating livestock, vultures pecking at property, birds colliding with airplanes. Wildlife damage can take many forms. As such, wildlife managers need a variety of tools to help reduce damage.

To help explore many of the preventative or nonlethal tools developed and improved by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife Services, we invite you to view the program’s new online story map, Nonlethal Tools for Wildlife Damage Management.

Use the story map to:

  • Learn about the use of fladry and livestock protection dogs to prevent livestock predation.
  • See how a unique scare device disperses damaging vulture roosts.
  • Explore efforts to advance vaccine, wildlife contraceptive, and gene-drive technologies to address wildlife disease issues, as well as overabundant or invasive species populations.
  • Discover improvements to tools and techniques, such as detector dogs, repellents, and habitat modification.

Story maps use a computer-based platform called ArcGIS to combine photos, videos, interactive maps, and other items into a dynamic format that users can scroll, click, zoom and listen their way through. The system works best when viewed through your Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox browser.

Experts across USDA Wildlife Services are pursuing story maps as a new, interactive way to deliver information to diverse audiences. See them all at and take a journey into wildlife damage management and research.

Wildlife Services supports ranchers, farmers, wildlife, and others by exercising federal leadership and expertise to resolve conflicts between people and wildlife and allow them to coexist by protecting agriculture; natural resources, including threatened and endangered species; property and infrastructure; and public health and safety.

Category/Topic: Animals Technology