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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 of Wildlife Control Technology magazine, the nation's only exclusive professional magazine for animal damage controllers. I have published two books, the Wildlife Removal Handbook and the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook.

What do you like about this subject?

Animal damage control is a growing industry. In a time where the public is increasingly coming under the sway of the animal rights ideology, it is great to see that people who know how to trap are still needed. Trapping is a great American tradition and is poison free.

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

I hope to expand my knowledge about animal damage control into learning even more non-lethal and less-lethal techniques.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Perhaps the most interesting thing that people don't know is that many wildlife species have adapted to urbanization. Thus we actually have more of some animals today then we had when Columbus came to the New World. Too often people think that we have taken away all the animal's homes, when in fact our activities have actually helped some species find homes.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

I want the world to know how much animal rights activist ideology is dangerous to the environment, endangered species and human rights. Too often the media fails to hold these groups accountable for the misinformation they are so famous for.

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Recent Answers from Stephen Vantassel

2016-08-22 Skunks:

First find out what the laws are In your state about wildlife control. You could hire a wildlife control operator or do the trapping yourself. If the latter do a google search using "Stephen m Vantassel


First, skunks are not smart. Her refusal to enter the trap could stem from a variety of reasons. Read the info below. Once that is read. You have to decide your course of action.     You could wait till

2014-05-29 Eradication of Squirrel:

Hi,    You didn't provide the species of the squirrel. But the principles of wildlife damage management are fairly straight forward.     First, exclude them from the structure by repairing holes, screening

2014-05-25 Pile of Scat in my basement:

The first task is to determine what it is. Unfortunately, you didn't describe the scat. You can visit and read how to describe the scat in a manner so that the diagnostic clues will be

2014-05-14 Rodents in my attic!:

My suspicion is an adult and juvenile rat but both species can live in the same structure.   Rats do eat birds. Mice do as well in certain circumstances.   You can deal with the problem yourself. Read


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