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National Wildlife Research Center
The National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) is a major facility within the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) Wildlife Services program. The National Wildlife Research Center is devoted to resolving problems caused by the interaction of wild animals and society. NWRC is headquartered on the Foothills Research Campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
The National Wildlife Research Center was founded in 1886 as the Division of Economic Ornithology and moved from Albuquerque to Denver in 1920. It became part of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the 1940’s and was transferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1985. The NWRC and Colorado State University have had a cooperative research agreement since 1990 and NWRC has constructed facilities on the CSU campus.
Mission and Objectives
NWRC develops wildlife damage management methods in the following areas:
The Center evaluates damage situations and develops methods and tools to reduce or eliminate damage and resolve land-use conflicts. NWRC scientists study birds, mammalian predators, rodents, and other wildlife that cause serious but localized damage problems. The Center designs studies to ensure that the methods developed to alleviate animal damage are biologically sound, effective, safe, economical, and acceptable to the public. NWRC scientists produce the appropriate methods, technology, and materials for reducing animal damage. Approximately two-thirds of NWRC's 150-person staff is located in Fort Collins; the remainder are located throughout the United States to address regional wildlife damage management issues. NWRC routinely conducts international consultancies in this specialized area.
NWRC staff specializes in the following disciplines: