USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center

Agency/Department

FLC Region

Security Lab

No

Address

4101 LaPorte Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80521
United States

Laboratory Representative

Description

The National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) is the research unit of the USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services program. Scientists and support staff are dedicated to finding solutions to challenging wildlife damage management problems related to agriculture, natural resources, property, and human health and safety. Human-wildlife conflicts, wildlife damage, nuisance and pest animals, wildlife disease, invasive species, overabundant wildlife, and overall ecosystem health are just some of the topics studied by researchers at the National Wildlife Research Center.  NWRC primarily conducts applied research and is focused on developing wildlife management tools and techniques.


 

Mission

NWRC develops effective wildlife damage management methods through contributions in the following areas:

  • Damage assessment, Investigation of the biology and behavior of problem animals,
  • Evaluation of the impact of management practices on wildlife and the environment,
  • Development and improvement of present management technologies,
  • Investigation of potential applications of new management technologies,
  • Support of registration of chemicals and drugs used to manage wildlife,
  • Transfer of scientific and technical information,
  • Provision of scientific guidelines on wildlife damage for use by regulatory agencies,
  • Development of cooperative research and training with other organizations, and
  • Responsiveness to needs of user groups and the public.
Technologies
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Frontal Vehicle Illumination to Reduce Animal-Vehicle Collisions 
Facilities
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USDA APHIS Wildlife Services Facility Information
Equipment
  • USDA APHIS Wildlife Services Equipment
Programs

NWRC has a diverse research portfolio.  This is indicative of the wide array of conflicts that can arise between wildlife and human.  Research needs are evaluated on a 5-year schedule and stakeholders have the opportunity to comment on the future research direction of the Center.  Currently, there are 13 research projects.

Fort Collins

  • Economic evaluation of wildlife damage management tools
  • Genetics
  • Rabies
  • Repellents
  • Fertility Control
  • Rodent management
  • Ungulate Diseases and Damage
  • Wildlife Pathogens and Food Safety

Philadelphia, PA

  • Chemical sensory perception

Starkville, MS

  • Bird damage in aquaculture

Sandusky, OH

  • Aviation safety

Fargo, ND

  • Blackbird and Starling damage in agricultural crops

Corvallis, OR

  • Forest and Aquatic Mammals

Gainesville, FL

  • Invasive Species and Vulture Management

Hilo, HI

  • Islands and Invasive Species

Logan, UT

  • Predator Management
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Funds

Wildlife Services is not a funding agency.  Occasionally, we have funding through small grants for specific projects.

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Publications
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Publications

Scientific publications are available through the NWRC Research Gateway.

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/wildlifedamage/programs/nwrc/sa_publications/ct_research_gateway

Year Published: 
2021
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Licenses

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