Ask the Wildlife Damage Management Expert

The Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management knStephen Vantassel ows that sometimes special and specific assistance is needed.

We are here to help you.

Hi. I am Stephen M. Vantassel, webmaster of the ICWDM.org. I don't have all the answers but if I don't know the answer, chances are I know someone who does.

But before I can help you, I need you to do a few things. Please visit these pages if for nothing else to make sure that you are familiar with some terms and know what the animal/problem isn't.  Becoming better informed will help me, help you. 

Damage ID

wildlife damage inspection and identification helpIf you don't know what animal is causing the damage, be sure to visit Animal Identification  

How to Stop the Damage

References for information on the control of wildlife damageControl methods information for specific species can be found at http://icwdm.org/Publications/WildlifeFactSheets.aspx  and The Handbook

Tips to Help Us Answer Your Question

If after reading that information, you still have questions, then by all means drop me a line. In your question please include the following information so I can assist you better

1. State/region where the problem is occurring.

2. Describe what resources on our site you have utilized.

3. Explain the nature of the damage,

Is it inside/outside a building

Does the damage occur at night or during the day?

What specifically is the problem? gnawing, predation, crop damage, etc.

4. What have you tried in an attempt to mitigate the damage?

5. Do you have high quality photos? If yes, provide submit photos along with answers to the above questions. Lean how to take better photos at Take Better Photos  (by submitting photos you grant UNL Board of Regents and ICWDM.org unrestricted use of those images.)

6. Understand our disclaimers and terms of use.

Scat identification service by the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage ManagementNote. We no longer provide free consultation on scat/feces identification. If after using our free resources on scat/feces identification, you still want our opinion, then please visit The Scat Identification Page on our Store. Cost is only $5.00.




NOTE: All requests should be made with the understanding of our Terms of Use.

We do not honor privacy and confidentiality disclaimers in e-mails unless the ICWDM is under contract!

Legal disclaimerDisclaimer: As with any activity, remember that animal damage control comes with its own risks and problems which can include but are not limited to legalities, health threats, and personal liabilities. Be sure to follow all state laws governing wildlife and make sure you have a thorough understanding on how to resolve the animal damage complaint. Our advice is only as good as your understanding of our recommendations and our understanding of your situation. If you have any questions be sure to write back.

You can also call 402-472-8961. I am often in the office between 8:30-5:00  M-F CST. If you don't reach me, try again. Given our recent call volume, we cannot afford to continue returning out-of-state calls. All Nebraska calls are returned.  Every attempt is made to respond to e-mails that satisfy our information needs as noted above. However, we will not take the time to fill out spam filter exceptions. So we strongly suggest you turn them off if you have have them. 

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