The NWCO exam is comprehensive and requires a thorough understanding of a variety of subject areas including:
Wildlife biology, reproduction, food habits and behavior of all species included in Connecticut’s Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator Policies and Procedures Booklet. Increased attention should be given to several of the most commonly encountered “nuisance” species (i.e. gray squirrels, raccoons, striped skunks, woodchucks, flying squirrels, opossums, and bats.
Identification of common wildlife through field sign [i.e. tracks, (see DEP Guide to animal tracks) scat, etc.] and typical damage caused by these species.
Practicing an Integrated Wildlife Damage Management (IWDM) approach to prevent and control nuisance wildlife that includes:
• Educating Homeowners
• Cultural Practices/Habitat modification
• Frightening and Repellent use/
• Humane capture, handling, and transport including the proper use of live traps, one-way doors and kill traps
• Exclusion/Animal proofing techniques
• Relocation and release guidelines
• Handling young animals/preventing orphaning
• Euthanasia of wildlife by Connecticut NWCOs; must be done in accordance with the recommendations of
the 1993 Report of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia.
Euthanasia of wildlife by Connecticut NWCOs; must be done in accordance with the recommendations of the 1993 Report of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia.
All applicants are urged to consult a variety of references to prepare for the exam. Some suggested references include the following: Any other recommended materials must be obtained on your own.
• Wildlife Informational series from Ct. DEEP web site, most common wildlife fact sheets
• CT NWCO Policies and Procedures Booklet *
Two new species, red squirrel & flying squirrels, are also enclosed for study purposes. Red squirrels do not
require a NWCO special permit to trap but flying squirrels do.
• NWCO Policies and Procedures Update (8/25/03) *
• CGS 26-72 Regulation of Trapping of fur-bearing animals and 26-66-5 Trapping. General*
• Bat Rabies-What You Should Know, 10/95, CT Department of Health*
• Rabies Fact Sheet *
• May is Rabies Awareness Month, Reprint from May/June 1993 CT Wildlife, Wildlife Div.*
• A Guide to Animal Tracks *
• Nuisance Wildlife Control and Rabies HERE
• Prevention & Control of Wildlife Damage, 1994 University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, Hygnstrom, S.E.,
R.M. Timm and G.E. Larson. 2 vols., over 500 pages. Wildlife Damage Handbook, 202 Natural Resources Hall,
Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583-0819. Tel. (402)472-2188.
• Wild Neighbors: the Humane Approach to Living With Wildlife, 1997. The Humane Society of the United
States, Hadidian J., Hodge G., and Grandy J. 288 pgs. The Humane Society of the of the U.S., 2100 L
Street NW, Washington, DC 20037. (202) 452-1100
• Wildlife and Diseases - Biohazards Associated with exposure to animals; French, R. DVM, NE Center for
Wildlife Diseases, University of CT, 12 apps. (Rabies, Lyme Disease, Raccoon Roundworm, mange) *
• A Field Guide to the Mammals, 1976 Peterson Field Guide Series, Houghton Mifflin Co., Burt, William H. and
R.P. Grossenheider, 289 pp.
• A Field Guide to Animal Tracks, 1978 Peterson Field Guide Series, Houghton Mifflin Co., Murie, Olaus J.
Training Course Handouts/Informational Material (day of class)
• Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator Training Outline
• 1993 Report of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia, Journal of The American Veterinary Medical Association, Vol. 202,
No. 2, pp. 229-249.
• Connecticut Public Act 98-199 (NWCO Statute 26-47(b)(1) through 26-47(d) and Section2*
• Client Notification Requirement-Approved Lethal and Nonlethal Options to Resolve Common Nuisance
• Connecticut DEP Laws and Information on the Use of Pesticides by NWCOs
• Some Commonly Recommended Repellents for Use in the Control of Nuisance Wildlife
• Wildlife Rehabilitation in Connecticut
• Animal Development Milestones- General Guidelines to Determine the Age of Young Animals
Please contact Training-coordinator or call 203-871-1519 if you have any questions.