Delaware announces training, permitting process for Wildlife Control Operator Program

September 9, 2013

Due to a recent regulatory change regarding management of problem wildlife, the Division of Fish and Wildlife has finalized its new training program and permitting process for wildlife control operators.

Anyone in Delaware who conducts wildlife control activities, including those permitted within the former system, must complete the new training program by Feb. 10, 2014.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Cornell University to develop the training program, which has been certified by the National Wildlife Control Operators Association. The program includes wildlife control operator basics and a supplement detailing wildlife biology and techniques to resolve conflicts with many wildlife species.

“Delawareans demand that the people helping them resolve their wildlife problems are properly trained and conduct their work in a safe, efficient and ethical manner. This new program is designed to help ensure that wildlife control activities conducted in our state meet these standards,” said Joe Rogerson, Division of Fish and Wildlife deer and furbearer biologist.

The training program costs $178 for those with internet access and $228 if taken without it. To complete the course, wildlife control operators must earn a passing grade of at least 80 percent on the exam.

For more information on the wildlife control operators program, including applications, contact Rogerson at 302-735-3600.

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