2016 Wildlife Services Research Needs Assessment Available
October 28, 2016

Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program conducts a research needs assessment to help ensure the program's research efforts address high priority and newly identified wildlife issues. This year, WS partnered with Mississippi State University's Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts to gather feedback from a variety of professionals with expertise and interest in wildlife damage management.

Results from the 2016 RNA are available at www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage/nwrc/publications/16pubs/2016%20RNA%20Report_FINAL.pdf.

RNA respondents provided information about their most pressing economic and ecological wildlife conflicts; livestock and human pathogens carried by wildlife that are of most concern; research needs related to existing wildlife management tools; new technologies that should be explored; specific program, state or regional wildlife conflicts; and the use of and satisfaction with various services. The RNA, along with Congressional Directives, helps to determine WS research focus, hiring priorities and resource allocation for the coming years.