New Hampshire Wildlife Control Operator Level
Wildlife Control Operators
(WCOs) in New Hampshire are required to complete a day-long workshop
(the WCO Level II Class) prior to conducting business in the state. (Call
603- 868-1095 for information.) In addition, a N.H. Fish and Game Trapper
Education Course must be completed (for
Trapper Education course listings, click here).
Next WCO class: The WCO Level II Class is offered once each year in January. The class is free, but you must pre-register. The next class will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2013. Click here for a print-and-mail application.
For more information, or to be put on a mailing list for future WCO certification classes, contact 603-271-2461 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name, address and telephone number.
For more on the licensing
requirements for WCO Operators,
WCO Course Overview
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
11 Hazen Drive
East/West Conference Room (first floor)
Arrive by 8:15 to register. Class starts promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Late arrivals will be denied certification.
The workshop covers
the following topics:
- Laws and regulations
- Wildlife biology and
- Best management practices
including exclusion, repellants and proper trapping techniques.
- Consideration of humane
issues with wildlife
- Landowner relations
- Diseases, hazards
- Ethical operations
and expectations for conducting control in NH
Following is the usual agenda for the Wildlife Control
Operator II Workshop:
Wildlife Control Operator II Workshop
NH Fish & Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Dr. Concord
8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
8:35 Pat Tate, Furbearer Project Leader, NH Fish & Game
- Introduction, Species Life History.
9:15 Conservation Officer, NH Fish & Game
- Reading and discussing the rules for operating a wildlife control business in NH.
10:15 Wildlife Specialist, USDA APHIS, NH Wildlife Services
- Advice and materials available.
- Which animals are most frequently considered nuisance.
- Responsibilities for deer, bear, and moose complaints in New Hampshire.
11:00 Wildlife Specialist, USDA APHIS, NH Wildlife Services
- Federally protected species and laws.
- What is legal for WCO II’s to handle.
- Permits for waterfowl control.
- Controlling federally protected species.
- Techniques for preventing reoccurrences, repellants, scare devices.
- Best Management Practices for avian species.
11:45 Linda Verville, Wildlife Programs Specialist, NH Fish & Game
- How to submit your annual report.
- How to sign up for the NHF&G WCO II list for referrals from Fish and Game.
12:00 Lunch -- on your own
12:30 Richard Kingston, DVM
- Capturing and handling wildlife human/wildlife disease concerns and hazards.
- Humane issues including proper euthanasia techniques for wildlife.
2:00 Emily Brunkhurst, Wildlife Biologist, NH Fish & Game
- NH bats and White Nose Syndrome.
2:30 Paul Debow, Debow Wildlife Services
- Site evaluation, including trap placement techniques.
- Ethical trapping and exclusion methods.
- Preventing further conflicts.
3:00 Mike Morrison, NH Trappers Association
- Land owner skills, site evaluation.
- Your responsibilities as a WCO.
- Avoiding non-target animals and Best Management Practices.
3:30 Certificate presentation
For more information on
Trapping in New Hampshire, click here.