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#07-271 September 24, 2007

State DNR directory lists Wildlife Control Operators

A directory of wildlife control operators is available from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to assist the public with 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 animals or alleviate wildlife damage.

For more information about 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 this developing the 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 provide wildlife control services free-of-charge," Butfiloski said. "In reality, it is the individual landowner’s responsibility to deal with 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 or with questions regarding a wildlife control operator’s suggestions for control on their land.

Butfiloski offers the following tips on hiring a wildlife control operator.

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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