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WS - APHIS - National Wildlife Research Center

Laboratory Information:

WS - APHIS - National Wildlife Research Center
4101 LaPorte Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Phone: 970-266-6000
Fax: 970-266-6032
Agency/Department: Dept. of Agriculture
Region: Mid-Continent

FLC Laboratory Representative:

John Eisemann
Phone: (970) 266-6158

Background/History of the Laboratory:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) is the federal institution devoted to resolving problems caused by the interaction of wild animals and society. The Center applies scientific expertise to the development of practical methods to resolve these problems and to maintain the quality of the environments shared with wildlife.

Mission of the Laboratory:

NWRC develops effective wildlife damage management methods through contributions in the following areas:

  • Damage assessment, Investigation of the biology and behavior of problem animals,
  • Evaluation of the impact of management practices on wildlife and the environment,
  • Development and improvement of present management technologies,
  • Investigation of potential applications of new management technologies,
  • Support of registration of chemicals and drugs used to manage wildlife,
  • Transfer of scientific and technical information,
  • Provision of scientific guidelines on wildlife damage for use by regulatory agencies,
  • Development of cooperative research and training with other organizations, and
  • Responsiveness to needs of user groups and the public.


Technology Transfer Mechanisms:

  • Cooperative Programs with Universities

Technology Areas of Expertise:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Taste and olfaction in selected wildlife species for development of nonlethal chemical repellents for birds and mammals
  • Veterinary medicine
  • West Nile Virus
  • Wildlife biology
  • Wildlife disease
  • Wildlife disease research
  • Wildlife genetics
  • Wildlife hazardous to aviation
  • Wildlife hazards to aircraft
  • Wildlife impacts on forest damage
  • Zoology
  • Fish-eating bird impacts on aquaculture
  • Genetics
  • Chronic wasting disease
  • Computer science
  • Costs and benefits of wildlife damage management actions
  • Nonlethal repellents and attractants
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Predation and property damage by vultures
  • Predator depredation on domestic animals and threatened and endangered species
  • Predator ecology, behavior and management techniques
  • Product development research
  • Pseudorabies
  • Quality assurance
  • Rabies and bovine tuberculosis
  • Rat damage to Hawaiian crops
  • Registration of chemicals and drugs as management tools
  • Role of wildlife in disease transmission