New Hampshire Wildlife Control Operator Level II Class

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 offered on January 29, 2014. Registration is required. Click here for a mail-in registration form.

For more information, or to be put on a mailing list for future WCO certification classes, contact 603-271-2461 or e-mail wildlife@wildlife.nh.gov.  Be sure to include your name, address and telephone number. 

For more on the licensing requirements for WCO Operators, click here.

WCO Course Overview

Place:

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH
East/West Conference Room (first floor)

Time:
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 ecology
  • Best management practices including exclusion, repellants and proper trapping techniques.
  • Consideration of humane issues with wildlife
  • Euthanasia
  • Landowner relations
  • Diseases, hazards and risks
  • Ethical operations and expectations for conducting control in NH

Following is the agenda for the Wildlife Control Operator II Workshop:

Wildlife Control Operator II Workshop
January 29, 2014
NH Fish & Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Dr. Concord

8:15- 8:30  Registration

8:30  Pat Tate, Furbearer Project Leader, NH Fish & Game

  • Introduction, Species life history.

8:45  Mike Marchand, Wildlife Biologist, NH Fish & Game

  • Reptile identification and biology.

9:20  Conservation Officer, NH Fish & Game

  • Reading and discussing the rules for operating a wildlife control business in NH.

10:00 Break

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.  
  • 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 F&G.

12:00 Lunch on your own.

12:30  Speaker To Be Determined: Disease Concerns & Euthanasia

  • Capturing and handling wildlife human/wildlife disease concerns and hazards.
  • Humane issues including proper euthanasia techniques for wildlife.

1:15   Emily Brunkhurst, Wildlife Biologist, NH Fish & Game

  • NH bats and White Nose Syndrome.

2:00   Paul DeBow, Debow Wildlife Services

  • Problem area site evaluation, trap placement techniques.
  • Ethical trapping and exclusion methods. 
  • Preventing further conflicts.

2:30  Mike Morrison, NH Trappers Association

  • Land owner skills, site evaluation.
  • Your responsibilities as a WCO.
  • Avoiding non-target animals and Best Management Practices.

3:00 Wrap up

3:10 Certificate presentation

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NH Fish and Game Dept.
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301

603-271-3421
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