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Reno “Live Trap” Loaning Program


A Live Trap Loaning Program has evolved to address urban wildlife problems in Reno, Nevada. The program, operated by USDA Wildlife Services, has responded to the public’s need to address urban wildlife problems in the absence of an active Wildlife Services specialist in this urban area. The species for which most of the live traps (cage or enclosed) have been requested, since the program’s initiation in FY 1992, are California ground squirrels, raccoons, and striped skunks. We discuss information transfer and educational components of this program, which convey to the public information on the biology of target species, proper handling of non-target catches, handouts, and options available for resolving their wildlife problems.

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