Thursday, November 04, 2010

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Major Court Victory for Sportsmen in Maine !

Court of Appeals Upholds Major Sportsmen’s Victory in Maine

U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation and Leading Trapping Groups
Win Again in Precedent Setting Case

(Columbus) Trappers in Maine and sportsmen nationwide scored a huge victory after a Federal Court of Appeals rejected an effort from anti-hunting groups seeking to use the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to stop trapping in the state. This decision reaffirms a lower court decision that set a precedent against manipulation of the ESA to stop hunting, fishing, and trapping.

“We are ecstatic and relieved that this lawsuit is no longer a threat to our lifestyle as we prepare to open the 2010 trapping season,” said Skip Trask of the Maine Trappers Association. “The Maine Trappers Association couldn’t be happier with this decision. It is much more than just a victory for Maine. This decision will help protect all trapping and other sports from coast to coast. We appreciate the support and guidance of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation (USSAF) legal team and all of our partners.”

The anti-hunting groups had originally filed the suit in 2008 against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. They had argued that Maine’s trapping regulations provided insufficient protection for the Canada lynx, a species listed as threatened under the ESA, and thus required the season to be stopped.

The USSAF, along with the Maine Trappers’ Association, Fur Takers of America, National Trappers’ Association, and several individual sportsmen, intervened in the case on behalf of the state. The groups argued that those seeking to shut down an entire season of trapping (or hunting or fishing) must not only prove the incidental take of an ESA-protected species, but also “irreparable harm” to the population.

In the initial lower court decision, Judge Woodcock concluded that the take of individual members of a reasonably numerous protected species does not necessarily meet the requirement of irreparable harm. He also indicated that the take of lynx occurring in Maine foothold traps, typically catch-and-release incidents, did not constitute irreparable harm in this case. Consequently, Judge Woodcock declined the injunction and the trapping season was able to take place.

Unhappy with the result, the anti-hunting groups filed an appeal in December, 2009 seeking to reverse Judge Woodcock’s decision. The USSAF and the others immediately filed legal briefs in order to defend the major legal victory.

In the unanimous opinion rejecting the appeal, Chief Judge Lynch affirmed Judge Woodcock’s findings that the plaintiffs’ failed to demonstrate the irreparable harm necessary for an injunction. Judge Lynch then went on to criticize the plaintiffs’ last-minute request for lesser sanctions restricting trapping. In the lower court, Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) expressly refused that option and instead pursued a full ban on trapping.

“It may well have done so for tactical reasons, preferring to stress the inadequacy of other remedies in order to strengthen its case for injunctive relief against foothold traps,” wrote Lynch. “Parties are held to their choices and AWI's bait and switch tactics in the courts are to be deplored, not rewarded.”

The latest decision should assist in the defense of any further lawsuits by anti-trappers. It leaves the plaintiffs in this case with few options other than a petition to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. The Supreme Court agrees to consider only a few dozen cases a year out of the many hundreds of cases filed with it each year.

“It was clear all along that anti-hunters were looking to set a precedent that could be used in state after state to shut down not only trapping, but hunting and fishing as well,” said Bud Pidgeon, USSAF president and CEO. “With this strong decision, antis are going to have a far more difficult time doing this.”

About the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation
The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits hunting, fishing, trapping, and shooting that generate the money to pay for them. The Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible.

About the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organizations that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website,

Thursday, October 21, 2010

ICWDM Creating NWCO Training Manual

The ICWDM has drafted a NWCO Training manual to provide training and meet license requirements by companies and states. 

We are looking for individuals who are interested in review some or all of the chapters.  Here is a list. 

NWCO Training Modules 
1.       Principles of Wildlife Damage Management – Introduction to principles, definition of concepts, best practices concepts,. 
2.       Physical Safety - The section on physical safety (like ladder safety) and expand on details related to working in the field dealing with animal capture and certain control techniques. 
3.       Wildlife Diseases – We discuss personal safety, personal protection equipment, common diseases, and the meaning and problems of zoonotic diseases. 
4.       Site Inspection – The process and theory of onsite investigation of wildlife damage complaints. 
5.       Overview of wildlife control methods - The overview of control methods prepares technicians for the control techniques they fill find in the species specific information. 
6.       Animal Handling—Treatment and capture of free-ranging and trapped animals. . 
7.       Euthanasia & Carcass Disposal—Killing methods and options for the disposition of carcasses.
8.       Business Practices – Overview of standard business practices. This is NOT a how to run you business. 
9.       Legal and Ethical Issues –  The importance of following federal, state and local laws. Demonstration of values, business and personal ethics, the ethical treatment of wildlife (animals in general) in the media. 

Species Modules 

Reviewers should be 
a. experienced wildlife control operators (more than 3 years). CWCPs are particularly wanted. 
b. comfortable with Microsoft Word and able to use the Track Changes Function, 
c. willing to provide edits (both deleting and adding content), 
d.  able to return the chapters within 7 days of receipt. 
e. those willing to provide additional photo support would be most welcomed. 

All reviewers will be acknowledged (if they wish) in the relevant chapters and a free copy of the book when it is published. 

If you are interested in helping, please send an e-mail to  stating 
a. which chapters you wish to review. 
b. your qualifications 
c. date when the edited documents will be returned. 

Questions can be submitted via e-mail or by calling 402-472-8961  central time. 

Alan A. Huot, President
Wildlife Control Supplies

P.O. Box 538
East Granby, CT 06026
860-844-0101   860-413-9831 (FAX)
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Earthcare's Odor Removing Bags

EarthCares' Odor Removing Bag is used by Wildlife/Pest Control Professionals to remove dead rodent odors, urine and feces odors, skunk odors, as well as odors from chemicals, cigarette smoke, and Earth Care Bags do not have to come into contact with dead rodent or odor causing agent. Simply place the bag near the odor and in 24 hours the odor will be gone. Watch a customer testimonial below:

Friday, October 15, 2010

NPMA Nuisance Bird & Wildlife Conference

The NPMA Nuisance Bird & Wildlife Conference will be held at the Westin Indianapolis from Nov. 17 - 19. Below are the educational sessions which are planned.

Educational Sessions
What Are the Hot Issues Right Now?
Panel Discussion: Birds in Big Box Stores
NWCOA Credentialing Program
Don't Let Woody Woodpecker Laugh at Your Customers
Groundhogs, Skunks and Raccoons - None as Cunning as the Fox, But...
Small Birds in Vents
Managing Burrowing Rodents
Effectively Marketing Your Company's Bird Management Services
Snake Control
Bat Management
Beaver Control
Insect Infestations Associated with Wildlife
Humane Wildlife Control
The Benefits & Pitfalls of Relocation
Regulatory Issues
Integrating Technology Into Your Nuisance Wildlife Operation

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Waxing Traps - The Final Step in Trap Preparation

If you've decided upon Dyeing & Waxing as your process of choice for preparing your traps for the season, then waxing is the final step in that chain.

As the name implies, WAXING is dipping your traps, either in bunches or singularly into a pot of molten trap wax. There is an old wives tale that almost has the same status as "rodents go outside to die after eating anticoagulant baits" that you should FLOAT your wax on top of boiling water and then pull your traps through the molten wax...this results in an undesirable and unsatisfactory wax coating on your traps. You will save money on wax, but suffer on quality. You get what you pay for !!

Here is my simple wax setup. A 20lb. propane cylinder and a camp stove I bought at a tag sale at least 20 years ago. The pot that I keep my wax in is of the same vintage and your wax can be used from year to year, just add more trap wax as time goes on.
Notice I'm waxing my traps outside.....out of the house or building...CAUTION: The melted wax is HOT and flammable, if you happen to get your wax too HOT and it ignites you don't want it in your house. I know people who didn't heed this warning and have burned their garage down.

So you start by setting up your heat source outside. Your wax pot has a solid block of wax in it if it was previously used or if this is your first time waxing traps be sure to purchase enough trap wax to completely submerge the traps you'd like to have treated. On a low flame you melt your wax slowly, for the pot in the picture this takes approx. 2.5 - 3hrs. to fully melt the wax. YOU WANT THE WAX HOT, BUT NOT BOILING. If the wax gets too hot and starts to bubble, move it slightly off the flame until it cools down slightly.

Using a metal hook, and wearing gloves, I lower each of my previously boiled traps into the molten wax. THIS NEXT STATEMENT IS VERY IMPORTANT .... YOU LEAVE THE TRAPS IN THE WAX UNTIL THEY BECOME AS HOT AS THE WAX ITSELF. Usually 7 - 10 minutes. Then using your metal hook you lift each trap slowly out of the wax. Notice the drip rings in the wax, the wax should run off your trap like water.

Then move away from your wax pot and give the trap several good shakes to get any excess liquid wax off your trap. Hang the trap up to cool and in several minutes will be cool to the touch. The end result will be a trap with a light coating of wax that will not flake or chip off, and will give you the protection and durability you're looking for.

Waxing Traps - The Final Step in Trap Preparation

If you've decided upon Dyeing & Waxing as your process of choice for preparing your traps for the season, then waxing is the final step in that chain.

As the name implies, WAXING is dipping your traps, either in bunches or singularly into a pot of molten trap wax. There is an old wives tale that almost has the same status as "rodents go outside to die after eating anticoagulant baits" that you should FLOAT your wax on top of boiling water and then pull your traps through the molten wax...this results in an undesirable and unsatisfactory wax coating on your traps. You will save money on wax, but suffer on quality. You get what you pay for !!

Here is my simple wax setup. A 20lb. propane cylinder and a camp stove I bought at a tag sale at least 20 years ago. The pot that I keep my wax in is of the same vintage and your wax can be used from year to year, just add more trap wax as time goes on.
Notice I'm waxing my traps outside.....out of the house or building...CAUTION:

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Boiling Traps

Weather was perfect, on the cool side, not much wind. I decided to boil my traps in preparation for a predator control project later next month. Some would consider this old-fashioned, boiling traps in logwood trap dye to turn them black and inhibits (at least in a small way) further rusting of your traps. The logwood trap dye turns your traps a deep blue-black color. Others choose to simply dip their traps in a petroleum based product which when dried leaves a shiny black latex coating on the trap. I use the faster DIP process for bodygripping traps but still prefer the age old dyeing and waxing process for my foothold traps.

In my younger days I used to have a spot out in the woods where I built a wood fire which I tended all day and used a 30 gallon barrel to boil all my traps. Now I opt for the faster and somewhat simpler propane method. As you can see nothing fancy, I just use a mop bucket filled with water and a 20lb. propane cylinder. To block the wind I use whatever is available, in this case some old desk drawers. I get the water to a rolling boil and add the red or black logwood powder, approx. 1 lb. per 5 gallons of water. I then place the traps in the water and leave each batch of traps approx. 30 - 45 minutes until they are a deep blue-black color. Then using a metal hook (watch it they're HOT)I hang each trap up to dry.

And lets not forget that tell-tale smell of Fall .....the smell of a logwood trap dye boiling in the pot !! :-)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

2010 NPMA Wildlife Conference - Registration Is Live!

NPMA is excited to present the 2010 Nuisance Bird & Wildlife Management Conference and Marketplace being held November 17-19 at the Westin Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Register Here - Register by October 25 and Save with the Early Bird Rate!

Why Attend?

The Conference focuses on an educational program designed to provide both technical and business-related information to pest professionals who are involved in the fastest growing sector of pest control - wildlife management.


In addition to networking opportunities and the chance to check out the newest technology and services, you will:

  • Share successes and failures with fellow wildlife management professionals 
  • Hear from leading industry experts in the field of wildlife and nuisance bird management
  • Learn how to incorporate wildlife management into your business model to build your annual revenue
  • Identify emerging trends and learn how to position your business effectively in response
  • Earn recertification credits while learning how to grow your business.

The Marketplace

A centerpiece of the meeting is the Marketplace - the largest exhibit hall dedicated to wildlife and nuisance bird management.  During the program there are seven events held in the Marketplace that allow you ample time to meet with vendors and test out new products in an intimate setting.


What You Will Find at the Marketplace

  • Animal Traps
  • Baits & Lures
  • Bait Making Supplies
  • Chimney Caps/Leaf Guards
  • Nets, Poles and Tongs
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Repellents
  • Exclusion Products
  • And Much More!

Interested in exhibiting or becoming a sponsor? Click here or send an e-mail


Westin Indianapolis

The 2010 Nuisance Bird & Wildlife Management Symposium is being held at Westin Indianapolis November 17-19. For hotel reservations, call (317) 262-8100 by October 25, 2010 and mention "NPMA" to receive the group rate of $139 per night. After October 25, rooms and rate are subject to availability.


Thank you to your co-sponsors the National Wildlife Control Operators Association and Wildlife Control Technologies Magazine.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Contraception for Canada Geese Remains Under Utilized



Innolytics, LLC, the developer of OvoControl®, the contraceptive bait for resident Canada geese, pigeons and other birds, commented today on the underutilization of the technology by state and federal wildlife management agencies.


"While our new product for pigeons, OvoControl P, has experienced rapid growth and acceptance by municipalities and businesses, OvoControl G has not seen the same widespread use as a tool for goose population management.  State and federal agencies responsible for wildlife management have been very reluctant to test the new management tool", stated Erick Wolf, CEO of Innolytics.  "The federal government financed a large part of the research, so it is unfortunate that certain government agencies have been less than supportive of this non-lethal and humane alternative for goose control", added Wolf. 


Canada geese, even the resident variety, are considered a huntable species and many of the government programs encourage hunting the birds.  Unfortunately, resident birds are most often located in urban areas where hunting is not an option.  When not hunted, overpopulated geese are often trapped and euthanized by USDA Wildlife Services. 


Although untrained individuals may oil and addle eggs, contraception for geese is still limited to "licensed operators".  Since most personnel from state and federal wildlife management agencies hold the necessary license, this restriction should not hinder use by these agencies.  However, the need for special permits, and the extra fees involved have spurred the impression that the technology is too difficult and expensive to use.  On the contrary, the cost of an OvoControl G program, while requiring a few extra steps, is competitive with the costs of trapping and euthanizing the birds and is, of course, far more humane and socially acceptable. 


"Furthermore, in an attempt to keep contraceptive technology from the market, several states including New Jersey, South Carolina, Georgia, Illinois and Missouri have recently added legislation virtually banning the use of contraceptives in wildlife", added Wolf.  "It's a shame, but for whatever reason, birth control does not appear to figure into our governments' plan.  The reluctance to use contraceptive tools is apparently not only limited to geese.  Our understanding is that the new contraceptive for deer, GonaConTM, has also been avoided by the very same government agencies."      

Thursday, July 01, 2010

DeTour for Rodents

PIGNX (pronounced Pigeon-X) has introduced their latest bio-repellent to the marketplace, this time for Rodents. It is called DeTour, which is a gel-based, white pepper infused material which deters rodents of all types. DeTour DOES NOT contain a rodenticide. See it here:

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

FTA Convention

The 2010 Fur Takers of America (FTA) Rendezvous will take place June 10-12 in Columbus, Ind., at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds.The event offers a muskrat skinning contest, fur hat making, bird house making, dutch oven cooking, games for children and a building with vendors booths.
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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Matt & Tracy DeBarber !!

So I recently attended the National Trappers Association regional convention in Greenwich, NY and on the last day of the show I was standing at my booth when all of a sudden I picked up my head and lo & behold Matt DeBarber was standing in front of me ! If that wasn't enough of a surprise I turned my head and there was his wife, Tracy !

I hadn't seen these two folks for YEARS and they've done an awfully good job of "flying under the radar" ! These two go back to the early days of the CT NWCO Assoc.. Tracy was even the treasurer for a period of time. Matt went to Las Vegas with Eric Shaffer and myself the first year WCT was held out there.

Matt is still involved in wildlife control work, they enjoy their time in the country, and they both agreed to attend a future CT NWCO meeting, as I assured them everyone will be happy to see them and know they are doing well.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Heartbreaking News regarding White-Nosed Syndrome found in gray bats

It is with great sorrow that I report the White-nose Syndrome fungus has been found on gray bats. Friday, we received word that five bats tested positive in a genetic test for the White-nose Syndrome fungus outside a cave in Shannon County, Missouri-one of only a handful of gray bat hibernacula.

Gray bats are very near and dear to Bat Conservation International's heart. For decades, we have worked to recover the declining gray bat populations and the species was well on the road to being removed from the Federal Endangered Species List.

That was until White-nose Syndrome showed up in New York four years ago. BCI and bat scientists around the country have been nervously monitoring the spread of this devastating disease that has killed more than one million bats since 2006. This winter, the White-nose fungus spread to Tennessee, the epicenter of gray bat territory, and we feared the gray bat would be the seventh bat species and the second federally endangered species to be affected by the disease. At the end of winter, the Tennessee Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Bat Conservation International's Caves Coordinator, Jim Kennedy, returned from surveying Hubbard's Cave-one of the largest gray bat hibernacula-with hopeful news; the colony was stable with no sign of White-nose Syndrome. But now, the future isn't looking as bright.

Because of Bat Conservation International's strong emotional tie to this species, the gray bat was one of the first four Adopt-A-Bats to be released this past holiday season. If you'd like to support gray bats and the work we do, consider adopting a gray bat or donating online.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

CAHABA Snake Trap Recieves Patent

The Cahaba Snake Trap has received United States Patent no.7726063 which covers their durable, indoor/outdoor collapsible snake trap.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fur Makes a Comeback !

NEW YORK — Fur made a comeback Saturday at New York Fashion Week.

There were more fur coats on the runways of Peter Som, Prabal Gurung and Adam by Adam Lippes than in recent seasons. Alexander Wang had a cool leather trenchcoat with a strip of mink running entirely down the back.

"I believe people will buy fur in the fall. It keeps you warm," said Bloomingdale's fashion director Stephanie Solomon. "And for those who don't like the idea of fur, there is great faux fur."

Another option: Mongolian lambswool – a fuzzy, almost featherlike material – has emerged as a popular alternative.

Som showed almost muppet-like versions of the wool in hot pink and electric blue, but the fabric was also on display at Adam and as trim on dresses and shirts by other designers.

Fur has been more rare in recent seasons as luxury turned more discreet, so lambswool may be a more acceptable alternative. In Som's rendering, it still makes a statement, without being in-your-face luxurious. #

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Teacher Killed by Wolves

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) A schoolteacher found dead this week near a remote Alaska village was probably killed by wolves, Alaska State Troopers said on Thursday.

The fatal attack could be the first on U.S. soil in more than 50 years. Attacks by wild wolves, rather than wolves kept as pets, are extremely rare, numbering no more than a handful a decade, mostly in Canada and Russia.

Candice Berner, a 32-year-old teacher and avid jogger who traveled to several rural schools in Alaska, was found dead on Monday along a road near Chignik Lake, a Native Alutiiq village about 475 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Snowmobilers found her severely mauled body in a pool of blood and multiple wolf tracks in the snow, according to officials. The State Medical Examiner said the cause of death was "multiple injuries due to animal mauling."

Chignik Lake locals had expressed fears about wolf sightings in the area, state troopers said. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game plans a special meeting to hear their concerns.

State troopers said there were no records of deadly wolf maulings in Alaska. Bruce Woods, spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said fatal attacks are extremely rare worldwide.

(Editing by Bill Rigby)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Lynn Braband on Ground Dwelling Bees

See Lynn Braband speak on Ground dwelling bees at the North Carolina Pest Conference. Video taken by Frank Andorka