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I was a professional animal damage controller. If you are having problems with squirrels, raccoons, beavers, moles, voles, etc. damaging your property, I can help give you information to resolve that damage. I was an assistant editor for Wildlife Control Technology magazine and have published numerous articles as well as two books in this field.

Experience in the area

Former assistant editor for Wildlife Control Technology; Master's degree in Hebrew Bible (yes I am licensed minister), Past New England Director for the National Wildlife Control Operator's Association. I have published two books, The Wildlife Removal Handbook (rev. ed) and the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, and numerous articles. Perhaps a highlight was making the cover of Wildlife Control Technology. I have debated a noted animal rights activist in my own state of Massachusetts on radio and TV.

What do you like about this subject?

I enjoy the subject of animal damage control because I enjoy wildlife. Learning how to stop and limit wildlife damage helps maintain the natural balance and continues to help people see animals as majestic creatures rather than a pest. When we fail to properly manage wildlife, imbalance sets in which can result in death, and environmental loss.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I am always learning about new techniques for species I am already familiar with. For example, I have learned how to use one way doors and beaver flood control pipes. I also enjoy learning about species that are not native to New England. I hope one day to catch a coyote and a pocket gopher.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

American's are always looking for a magic technique to resolve their wildlife damage problems. People always ask if there is something they can spray. The answer is, 95% of the time no. And for the other five percent, the results of spraying will only reduce the damage not eliminate it. I wish people would stop thinking that trapping isn't a solution. Trapping is an effective solution.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

What I would like the world to know is that animal rights groups really don't provide the public with all the facts regarding wildlife control and management. They frequently show inflammatory pictures and statistics that are simply out of context. One thing for people to think about is, is how come animal rights groups don't get into the business of solving problems if they know so much?

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Recent Answers from Stephen Vantassel

2016-08-25 raccoons in my home:

Long answer with some repetition. READ ALL OF IT.     First, know the laws in your state. Many people trap and translocate (moving an animal outside of its home range; relocate is moving an animal within

2016-02-10 how to control moles along the road:

Sorry, I have no experience with moles in Africa. If the species has similar behavior to north americanmoles then google "Vantassel mole control" and my article will show up. Also follow national laws

2016-01-24 Mole Elimenation:

Your solution sounds rather dangerous and illegal. Off label use of pesticides is a serious violation of FIFRA.     I would also suggest that the cost of hiring someone to control the moles (when you aren't

2014-05-28 grey digger squirrels:

I have never heard of "gray diggers". Are you referring to California ground squirrels?     If you are, then details on how to control them can be found at

2014-05-24 wild rabbits:

You didn't provide the species of rabbit. So here is a link to a page with a chapter on cottontail and jack rabbits just scroll down. The real solution to your garden


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