Document Type

Report

Publication Date

5-2007

Abstract

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Wildlife Services (WS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), and Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) propose to continue the current bird damage management program in Wyoming. WS, USFWS, FAA, WGFD, and WDH use an adaptive integrated wildlife damage management (IWDM) approach to reduce bird damage to property, agricultural resources, natural resources, and to protect human health and safety. In addition, under the current program, the USFWS would continue to issue depredation permits based on need and recommendations from WS.

It is anticipated, based on historical need that the majority of Wyoming WS bird damage management will be at buildings occupied by, or in proximity to people to reduce feral pigeon (Columba livia) disease risks to of humans and fecal contamination in buildings. Wyoming WS also conducts activities to: 1)reduce potential aircraft/bird strikes at airports in Wyoming to minimize human health and safety risks, 2) reduce disease transmission risks to livestock, 3) minimize livestock feed consumption/contamination by birds, 4) monitor wildlife diseases, and 5) evaluate damage caused by piscivorous birds at aquaculture facilities.