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The training manual for Master Gardener  and Master Naturalist volunteers, provides methods for managing wildlife damage, based on applied research, for a variety of different species.  We recommend the latest control techniques within a framework of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). We offer strategies for a variety of situations and species.

The main difference between the Master Gardener Training Program and the professional version of the NWCTP is more emphasis on habitat modification and exclusion and less emphasis on lethal, more hazardous control methods.

Several important topics are addressed, including techniques, safety concerns, wildlife diseases, animal biology, legal issues, and euthanasia. We have adapted this manual to an online format so individuals can read the information at their own convenience via the web. This manual focuses on all aspects of wildlife damage management (WDM) that are essential for Master Gardener volunteers. 

There are 12 core modules that teach the basics of WDM. These basic principles will help you to apply the species information. Species fact sheets for most of the common species are available on this website. We recommend purchasing the professional version of the species fact sheets for you office. 

Volume 2 contains biology, damage identification, control methods, and disposition recommendations for the following species:

Northeastern Species Information

  1. Bats
  2. Beavers
  3. Birds (Fruit eating)
  4. Birds (Unprotected)
  5. Black Bears
  6. Canada Geese
  7. Chipmunks
  8. Coyotes
  9. Crows
  10. Deer
  11. House Mice
  12. Moles
  13. Opossums
  14. Rabbits
  15. Raccoons
  16. Norway Rats
  17. Skunks
  18. Tree Squirrels
  19. Venomous and Non-venomous Snakes
  20. Voles
  21. Woodchucks
  22. Woodpeckers

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