Patrick Tate, (603) 868-1095
Danielle Beard, (603) 271-2461
February 22, 2019
CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire Wildlife Control Operator (WCO) training class, facilitated once annually, will be offered on Thursday, April18, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
There is no charge for the one-day class, but pre-registration is required. To register online visit the event webpage.
Participants MUST be present by 8:15 a.m.; late arrivals will be denied certification.
The course is presented by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the New Hampshire Trappers Association, and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services.
A Wildlife Control Operator license is required for anyone planning to provide commercial nuisance wildlife control in New Hampshire, except for licensed trappers, during the regulated trapping seasons. As part of the WCO licensing requirement, you must complete the day-long WCO class administered once a year in Concord, as well as successfully completing a Fish and Game Trapper Education certification course.
The Wildlife Control Operator program was created in recognition of circumstances where wildlife removal or exclusion must take place outside of the regulated seasons and in response to the increasing public request for professional wildlife nuisance services, which often includes trapping. The WCO training class consists of presentations on wildlife exclusions, capture and handling of wildlife, humane and ethical concerns, relevant New Hampshire state laws and rules, federal rules covering certain species, wildlife diseases, best management practices, and proper trapping techniques. For more information and a full agenda for the WCO class, visit www.wildnh.com/wildlife/wco-classes.html.
New Hampshire Fish and Game works to conserve, manage, and protect populations of all furbearing wildlife and the habitats they need for survival. Data reported by Wildlife Control Operators are used by the Department to monitor furbearer populations. For more information, visit www.wildnh.com/wildlife/wco.html.