Wildlife Services

Last year’s rodent “bumper crop” means predator boom this spring

Just as the acorn mast abundance of two years ago drove a rodent explosion last year, I’m confident the expansion in rodent presence will drive a “cyclical boom” in New England’s predatory species this year.

New Hampshire Trappers: Turn in your tissue!

New Hampshire Trappers: Turn in your tissue!

New Hampshire’s trappers are once again being called upon to assist with wildlife conservation in the region. The state’s trapping community intends to fully answer the call. Multiple conservation-oriented projects are being administered by different agencies, and they’re all requesting tissue and carcass samples from legally trapped furbearing wildlife for scientific testing and research.

USDA, state agencies, bite back at rabies in Northeast

USDA, state agencies, bite back at rabies in Northeast

With the assistance of state agencies, licensed trappers, and vigilant citizens, USDA’s professional wildlife managers seek to drive raccoon rabies to the Atlantic Ocean.

Rattus deathicus: America's War on Invasive Nutria

Rattus deathicus: America's War on Invasive Nutria

Some states have accepted the fact that they have small pockets of “feral” nutria populations, and have created regulated trapping seasons to manage those populations. Other states, however, have launched all out war on the little buggers. So where did nutria come from? And why aren’t we simply “co-existing” with this furry little invader?