Wildlife is important to the economy and to the aesthetics and health of our environment; yet, some wildlife do at times cause problems that must be dealt with in a professional manner. Animal damage to Texas resources, such as agriculture, natural resources, property, and human health and safety, cause millions of dollars in losses each year. Since wildlife is a public resource that belongs to all citizens, government has a responsibility to respond to the problems wildlife cause while at the same time protecting the resource being damaged.
Resolving conflicts between wildlife and human interests requires wildlife damage management expertise. Wildlife damage management is an integral component of professional wildlife management. The complex wildlife damage management environment includes a combination of biological, legal, socio-political, financial and technical considerations.
The goal of Wildlife Services is to protect the State’s agricultural, industrial, and natural resources and the public’s health, safety and property from damage caused by wildlife. Texas Wildlife Services accomplishes this through a cooperation with federal, state, and private entities, servicing both rural and urban areas, utilizing technical assistance and direct control services in this specialized field of wildlife management.