West Virginia

Policy Document

Persons Interested in Becoming Wildlife
Damage Control Agents

The West Virginia Code 20-2-50A provides that the Director
of the Division of Natural Resources shall establish regulations for licensed
wildlife damage control agents.  Legislative
rule (Title 58, Series 41 – Wildlife Damage Control Agents) establishes
regulations to govern the licensing, training, and operations of wildlife
damage control agents in West Virginia.

Persons interested in becoming
licensed wildlife damage control agents must:

1.   Complete an application for a wildlife damage
control agent license.

2.   Be 18 years of age or older.

3.   Register for and complete the online course available at

https://store.nwctp.com/products/west-virginia-wdca-training-and-certification-  program. Applicant must satisfactorily
pass the online test that is part of this training and present their
certificate of completion.

4.   Demonstrate his or her knowledge of wildlife
damage control agent laws, regulations, and policies through the satisfactory
completion of a WVDNR monitored, written test.

5.   Satisfactorily pass a background check to determine if the applicant has been
convicted of any violations of federal or state statues relating to the activity for which
the license is sought.

6.   Pay the appropriate fee for the category of
license applied for.

online course costs $200. Online tests are timed, and open book. You will only
be allowed two attempts at no additional cost. Cost is $100 for each additional
two attempts. Attempts online are unlimited.

monitored, written test will be administered at Division of Natural Resources
district offices on scheduled dates.  These
tests are timed, closed book, at no cost. You will only be allowed two attempts
each six months to obtain a passing grade.

Test questions
will be obtained from the references listed below.  The examination will be difficult.  The test will cover various questions on legislative
rules, animal identification, and wildlife damage control.  Taking the online course will assure that you
are prepared to take and pass the test, and to be successful in your business
as a WDCA in West Virginia.

The following reference materials are required
for study and will provide you with all the study materials you will need to
pass the test and run a successful business:

1.   West Virginia Administrative Regulations Title 58, Series 41, Wildlife Damage
Control Agents. Obtained from WVDNR.

2.   Curtis,
P., S. Hyngstrom, and R. Smith, eds. 2018. West Virginia Wildlife Damage
Management with Wildlife Species Information. National Wildlife Control
Training Program. 438 pp. Obtained from https://store.nwctp.com/products/west-virginia-wildlife-damage-control-agent-training-manual.

3.   West
Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations (current year). Obtained from WVDNR or at www.wvdnr.gov/hunting/hunting_regs.shtm.

following reference materials are recommended:

1.   Krause, Tom. 1984. NTA Trapping Handbook: A
Guide for Better Trapping. Spearman Publishing and Printing. 206 pp. Obtain
from National Trappers Association Inc.

2.   Green, N. Bayard and Thomas K.  Pauley. 1987. Amphibians and Reptiles in West
Virginia. University of Pittsburgh Press in Cooperation with the West Virginia
Division of Natural Resources Nongame Wildlife Program, 241 pp.

3.   Burt, W.H. and R.P. Grossenheider. 1976. A Field Guide to the Mammals. Houghton
Mifflin Co., Boston, MA. 284 pp.

4.   Conant, R. 1975. A Field Guide to the
Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America. Houghton Mifflin
Co., Boston, MA. 366 pp.

5.   Robbins, Chandler, Bertel Brown, and Herbert Zimm. 1966. A Guide to Field
Identification of Birds of North America. Golden Press, New York, 360 pp.

6.   Peterson, Roger Tory. 1963. A Field Guide to the Birds. Houghton Mifflin Co.,
Boston, MA. 290 pp.

The wildlife
damage control agent should have a local field guide to mammals, birds,
reptiles and amphibians.  There are
several good ones available and these can be substituted for the above references.  If possible, obtain the latest edition of
these guides.

                                                                                                                                    July 9, 2020