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#06-271 October 9, 2006  

Nuisance wildlife control operators sought for list

Are you involved in nuisance wildlife control on a full-time or part-time basis? Does your pest control company offer nuisance wildlife control? If so, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources would like to include your name on its Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators List. The deadline to be included on this list is Tuesday, Oct. 31.

The Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators List is a listing of individuals and businesses that desire to or are currently providing nuisance wildlife removal, animal damage control, and wildlife exclusion services. This list is used to refer members of the public with wildlife problems to qualified individuals who can address these problems and safely remove nuisance animals.

The Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators List is updated annually by surveying current nuisance wildlife control operators and other interested individuals. To be included in the Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators List for 2007, a completed survey must be returned to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources by Tuesday, Oct. 31. Individuals or businesses interested in completing the survey for the upcoming 2007 list should contact the DNR Furbearer Project at PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202 or call (803) 734-3609.

“The survey is a means for us to maintain current Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators information,” said Jay Butfiloski, S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Furbearer Project supervisor. “Not only does it give us an up-to-date list of nuisance wildlife control operators, but it allows us to determine which counties they will work in and what species they are willing to handle. We are not concerned that a prospective nuisance wildlife control operator works full-time at the profession so long as they are willing to work at least part-time throughout the year.”

Get more information on the current 2006 Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators List at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/nwco.html.            
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