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As the U.S. population continues to grow, houses are being built closer and closer to the natural homes of wild animals—forests, rivers, prairies, and mountains. Animals like raccoons, rabbits, and even hawks and bears are increasingly showing up in populated areas. Wildlife control and relocation specialists are needed to protect these animals from danger as well as to protect people and property. There's no doubt that in the future the conflicts between humans and wildlife will continue to increase.

For both wildlife and homeowners, this is bad news, but for wildlife control and relocation professionals, it means there will never be a shortage of work. If you plan to enter the profession, how easily you find employment and how much you are paid will depend on where you live, the specialized training you receive, and how big a problem the animal-human conflict is in your area.

The NWCOA Code of Ethics

  1. I affirm my strict adherence to all laws and regulations pertaining to wildlife damage management.
  2. I ascribe to a professional code of conduct that embodies the traits of honesty, sincerity, and dedication.
  3. I will show exceptionally high levels of concern and respect for people, property, and wildlife.
  4. I will promote the understanding and appreciation of the numerous values of wildlife and scientific wildlife management, as well as an appreciation for the economic and health concerns of humans adversely affected by wildlife.
  5. I will be sensitive to the various viewpoints on wildlife damage management.
  6. I will provide expertise on managing wildlife damage to my clientele upon request, within the limits of my experience, ability, and legal authority.
  7. I will promote competence and present an image worthy of the profession by supporting high standards of education, employment, and performance.
  8. I will strive to broaden my knowledge, skills, and abilities to advance the practice of commercial wildlife damage management.
  9. I will, in good faith, select new or time-proven methods for resolving wildlife damage conflicts and give due consideration to humaneness, selectivity, effectiveness, and practicality.
  10. I will treat my competition and clientele in a courteous manner and in accordance with honorable business practices.
  11. I will encourage, through word and through deed, all commercial wildlife control operators to adhere to this code and to participate in state associations of commercial wildlife control operators.

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