Privatization and regulatory oversight of commercial wildlife control activities in the United States

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Title: Privatization and regulatory oversight of commercial wildlife control activities in the United States
Author: Lindsey, Kieran J.
Abstract: Urbanization decreases the amount of natural habitat available to wildlife but some species are able to adapt to and even thrive in human -dominated landscapes . When humans and wildlife live in close proximity the number of conflicts increase . Natural resource and agricultural departments were not designed to handle urban problems or the number of complaints that arise in urban areas , and the nuisance wildlife control (NWC ) industry has developed in response to the unmet demand for assistance . Members of the wildlife profession have expressed concerns over the impact the nuisance wildlife control industry may have on wildlife , the public , and wildlife management , but no national studies were found that examined the size , growth , and /or economic impact of the industry . The most recent national reviews of regulation and oversight took place ?10 years ago . This study examines 2 broad features of the NWC industry : 1 ) size and economic impact of the industry in the U .S . (e .g . , number of businesses , annual sales revenue generated ) ; and 2 ) the national regulatory environment . A total of 3 ,153 NWC businesses were identified in the U .S . , and a conservative annual sales figure of $140 million was estimated for the wildlife removal services only . Changes in the regulatory environment from 1997 -2007 were examined using a 10 -category scoring system developed during an earlier study , and comparing the results of both studies . Changes were observed (P ? 0 .05 ) for 9 of 10 characteristics , and the average cumulative score rose from 2 .20 to 4 .28 out of 10 .0 .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -1638
Date: 2009-05-15

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Privatization and regulatory oversight of commercial wildlife control activities in the United States. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -1638 .

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