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#06-262 October 2, 2006  

State DNR directory lists nuisance wildlife agents

A directory of nuisance wildlife control operators is available from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to assist the public in dealing with wildlife damage problems. The directory is used to refer members of the public with wildlife problems to qualified individuals and businesses that can address these problems and safely remove nuisance animals or alleviate wildlife damage.
Check the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Web site at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/nwco.html for more information on the list or contact the DNR Furbearer Project at (803) 734-3609 in Columbia.

According to Jay Butfiloski, furbearer biologist with DNR, the need for developing the Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators List grew in response to ever increasing human-animal conflicts that arise as the state becomes more populated and more urbanized.
           
“Many landowners mistakenly believe that DNR or some other government agency will provideCaged racoon nuisance wildlife control services free of charge,” Butfiloski said. “In reality, it is the individual landowner’s responsibility to deal with nuisance wildlife problems on their own property.” He stressed that individuals and businesses on the list are not employees of DNR, and like traditional pest control companies, they do charge for their services.

As always, a property owner can contact the DNR if they have any questions about any wildlife damage control techniques that a nuisance wildlife control operator suggests implementing on their land.

Butfiloski offers the following tips on hiring a nuisance wildlife control operator:


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