The National Pest Management Association Strongly Opposes Passage of "Wildlife Protection Act" in Washington, DCNPMA Staff
Thursday, November 4, 2010
As the D.C. Council prepares to cast a
final vote on the "Wildlife Protection Act," on Tuesday, November
9, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) expresses its
clear opposition to the bill.
If passed, the legislation would prohibit wildlife management
professionals from employing invaluable tools to control nuisance
wildlife. Further, the legislation would require the release of nuisance wildlife by
professionals at the site of capture or would require the
relocation of the animal to "a safe location where problems are
unlikely to occur," a difficult to impossible task in a
jurisdiction as small as the District and a provision about which
the Virginia Department of Game and Inland
Fisheries and the Wildlife Society have expressed reservations.
These restrictions would make necessary professional wildlife
management services cost-prohibitive for local residents and
increase the risk of an outbreak of rabies and other wildlife
"The 'Wildlife Protection Act,' being considered by the D.C.
Council, does not account for the real threats posed by nuisance
wildlife to the citizens of the District," said Gene Harrington,
director of government affairs for NPMA. "The restrictions placed
upon wildlife management professionals in the current bill will not
only hinder professionals from exercising proper and expert
treatment options but, may also cause the very results that the
legislation seeks to prevent, specifically the inhumane treatment
of nuisance wildlife by untrained individuals."
Harrington continues, "Although NPMA agrees with the provisions
for licensing and minimum competency standards for wildlife
management professionals, the bill's efforts to limit or eliminate
widely accepted tools used to remove intruding animals is of
serious concern. Nuisance wildlife can bite, peck or claw human
beings if threatened and also, transmit disease. These threats
cannot be taken lightly, which the proposed legislation does. We
ask the D.C. Council to defeat or set aside the measure as it is
currently proposed until a more common-sense bill can be developed
For more information regarding nuisance wildlife or to find a
licensed pest professional, please visit Pestworld.org.
NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's
commitment to the protection of public health, food and