Books on Animal Damage Control

Wildlife Damage Control provides the best books and booklets on handling your problem wildlife. We sell information on controlling, beavers, raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, moles,  etc. We promise to only sell you what works in real world situations. We want to give you the same level of information used by professionals. Don't see something you want here. Please drop us a line. Contact information is located below.


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Articles by Stephen Vantassel

General Wildlife Management Books

Wild Furbearer Management and Conservation in North America

General Animal Damage Control Books

Wildlife Removal Handbook (revised and expanded): a guide for the control and capture of wild urban animals:   

Written by the owner of this web site. It was written for the beginning wildlife control operator seeking to launch his business. If you are a homeowner and want to learn techniques employed by professionals, this is the book for you.

Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook: a guide to identifying animal damage rev. expanded.

Just revised and expanded to almost three times the size of the first edition, this book is the only one of its kind, that we are aware of, that seeks to summarize how to inspect a property for damage and how to identify that damage.

Forensic Wildlife Manual

This is the manual used by wildlife law enforcement to help them make a criminal case.

Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage. 2 volumes
This two volume set is the Bible of animal damage control information in North America. Written by biologists knowledgeable in actual field techniques, these two volumes will give you more information than you ever wanted to know. Species covered include snakes, deer, fowl, birds, vertebrates, etc. Chemicals and repellents are also covered. These texts are must haves for anyone interested in learning about controlling a variety of animal damage problems.

Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage (CD Rom)
This cd contains the two volume set of what is arguably the Bible of animal damage control information in North America. Written by biologists knowledgeable in actual field techniques, these two volumes will give you more information than you ever wanted to know but it won't take up all your shelf space. Species covered include snakes, deer, fowl, birds, vertebrates, etc. Chemicals and repellents are also covered. This information must be owned by anyone interested in learning about controlling a variety of animal damage problems.

Wildlife Control Technology Magazine
If you want to get the only industry trade publication dedicated to wildlife damage control professionals, then this is the magazine for you. Topics cover, bird control, diseases, business tips, new products, questions and answers and much more.

"The Homeowner's Guide to "CONTROLLING PESKY CRITTERS." Formerly Known as "Critter Control Handbook: By Dan Hershey
This text is best used by people who live in rural areas with animals that don't cause damage to your home. Read my complete review or Buy Now Critter Control Handbook

More Books Relevant to Animal Damage Control

Tracking and the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Tracks and Sign by Paul Rezendes

Unlike other tracking books, Rezendes properly notes that perfect tracks are rare in nature. To become a good identifier of tracks, one must learn to recognize incomplete tracks using the totality of the available evidence. This book was so well written, documented and photographed that it inspired me to write my own book on animal damage identification. If you want to be a real naturalist then this book is a must own.






Nuisance Animals: Backyard Pests to Free Roaming Killers by John Trout Jr.

Mr. Trout provides the reader with a broad and needed view on the issue of animal damage control. He carefully discusses the economic costs of wildlife damage to crops and property. Researchers dealing with wildlife damage will find useful information and perspectives because he covers a wide range of animals including ungulates. Of special note is his inclusion of electric fence techniques. Trapping information is unfortunately very meager. If you want to learn how to trap a specific animal don't buy this book. Read my complete Review

Order John Trout's Nuisance Animals Today!




Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts: The Science of Wildlife Damage Management by Michael R. Conover

An excellent and well-organized overview of an emerging field, this book discusses the issues currently facing wildlife managers and anyone else who deals with interactions between wildlife and humans. It reviews the literature and stresses the inter-relatedness of wildlife damage management and the larger discipline of wildlife conservation. By defining the discipline, the book fills a void in wildlife management and ecology programs. "






Mammals of the Eastern United States by John o. Whitaker, William John Hamilton

"The authors have done a superb job of distilling a vast amount of information on the biology of the terrestrial mammals of the eastern United States in a style that will not only satisfy the expert's need for accurate data but will also appeal to students and others interested in natural history."





Species Specific Written Materials

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Missouri's Beaver: A Guide to Management, Nuisance Prevention and Damage Control. Ron McNeely. 30 letter size pages. Illustrated.

Description: Covers all the bases and options regarding beavers, their biology and their control. Control techniques include, shooting, snaring, footholds, conibears and cage traps. 

Beaver Damage Control Booklet

"The Use of Water Flow Devices in Addressing Flooding Problems Caused by Beaver..." Compiled by Susan Langlois and Thomas Decker. 16 letter size pages. Illust.

Description: If you want to learn about installing beaver pipes, beaver deceivers, etc. so that water continues to flow without removing the beavers or destroying the dam, this is the booklet for you. 

Beaver flooding control booklet

Modifying the Bailey Beaver Cage Trap (pdf) file cost is $2.00 (e-mail orders)


Missouri's Coyotes: A Guide to Management, Nuisance Prevention and Damage Control 

by Missouri Dept. of Conservation. Available at Missouri Coyote

Description: Don't let the title fool you. This booklet is valuable for anyone struggling with controlling coyotes. This 32 letter size page booklet covers everything from biology, trapping, fencing, snaring to using llamas to protect livestock. Click the above link for more info.

Guard Animals to Protect Livestock from Coyotes by Missouri Dept. of Conservation.

Description: This booklet will teach you how to protect your livestock from coyote predation using dogs, burros, llamas etc. 


White-tailed Deer

"Reducing Deer Damage to Home Gardens and Landscaping Plantings". By Dr. Paul Curtis et. al. pp.1-22 8"x5" inch pages.

Managing White-Tailed Deer in Suburban Environnments by Anthony DeNicola, Kurt VerCauteren, Paul Curtis and Scott Hygnstrom

Trapping Pamphlets, How to
Each pamphlet explains how to capture the offending animal from start to finish. You will learn what equipment is needed, how to use the equipment and how to know when the problem is resolved. Each pamphlet is illustrated with photos of traps and trap placement. We are also available to answer questions after the sale. Our customers always have someone to talk to. Just drop us an e-mail.

Chipmunk Trapping Pamphlet Chipmunk Booklet rev & expanded
    Learn how to box trap this animal like the pros.

Skunk Trapping Pamphlet Skunk Trapping Booklet rev. & expanded.
Learn how to box trap this animal like the pros

Woodchuck Trapping Pamphlet:   Woodchuck Booklet
Learn how to box trap this animal like the pros.

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