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Illinois Department of Natural Resources
April 2021
April 19, 2021
Photo by Mark Gibboney.

How an Wildlife Control Operator Can Assist You

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By Kathy Andrews Wright

Film Date:

January 15, 2021

Speaker:

Stan McTaggart from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Mark Romano, President, Illinois Wildlife Control Operators

Produced by:

Laura Kammin

Kathy Andrews Wright

Edited by:

Sarah Marjanovic

Questions received in advance of the conversation are listed below, with the time noted should you desire to fast-forward to a topic of interest.

0:41 Stan McTaggart introduction.

01:17 Definition of ‘Nuisance Wildlife.’ 

02:48 Mark Romano introduction.

03:54 Role of a professional Wildlife Control Operator.

05:12 List of current Illinois Wildlife Control Operators.

05:56 The role of continuing education.

07:00 Process for becoming a professional Illinois Wildlife Control Operator.

09:40 What to look for when hiring a professional Illinois Wildlife Control Operator.

16:20 How can homeowners reduce the likelihood of conflict with common urban wildlife?

18:49 Reports of coyotes increase prior to the breeding season.

19:45 Do not feed wildlife. 

23: 12 Why relocation of wildlife is not an option.

25:01 Two means available for landowners and homeowners experiencing nuisance wildlife problems: 1. Contact District Wildlife Biologist for a Nuisance Control permit or, 2. Hire a professional Wildlife Control Officer.

If you are interested in viewing the text alternative for the video click the CC option at the lower margin of the video.


Kathy Andrews Wright is retired from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources where she was editor of Outdoor Illinois magazine. She is currently the editor of Outdoor Illinois Wildlife Journal and Illinois Audubon magazine.

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