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September 28, 2007

Wildlife control operators sought for statewide list

Are you involved in wildlife control on a full-time or part-time basis? Does your pest control company offer wildlife control? If so, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources would like to include your name on its Wildlife Control Operators List. The deadline to be included on this list is Wednesday, Oct. 31.
The Wildlife Control Operators List is a listing of individuals and businesses that desire to or are currently providing 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 animals.

Wildlife control operators are neither employees of nor paid by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR). They are independent contractors hired by the property owner to solve wildlife damage problems. Wildlife control work can be time- and labor-intensive, and wildlife control operators typically charges for their services.

The Wildlife Control Operators List is updated annually by surveying current wildlife control operators and other interested individuals. To be included in the Wildlife Control Operators List for 2008, a completed survey must be returned to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources by Wednesday, Oct. 31. Individuals or businesses interested in completing the survey for the upcoming 2008 list should contact the DNR Furbearer Project at PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, call (803) 734-3609 or e-mail ButfiloskiJ@dnr.sc.gov.

“The survey is a means for us to maintain current wildlife control operators information,” said Jay Butfiloski, DNR Furbearer Project supervisor. “Not only does it give us an up-to-date list of 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 wildlife control operator works full-time at the profession so long as they are willing to work at least part-time throughout the year.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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