HL311 Wildlife and Shelters

Course Description

This course introduces students to practical information and theoretical issues surrounding wildlife as it affects animal control and sheltering operations and practices. Students will explore why, how, and whether animal care and control organizations are, can, or should be dealing with wild animals and wildlife concerns. Course topics include urban wildlife issues, conflict resolution strategies, community collaborations, safety and zoonotic concerns, and wildlife related laws. 3 credits

Course Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate among wild species commonly occur in urban and suburban areas
  • Explain sources of demand for humane services to aid wild animals and sources of conflicts between people and common wildlife species
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to prevent and humanely resolve many conflicts and deal with demand for humane services

Course Topics

(Subject to Change)

  • Urban Wildlife
  • Response of Animal Control Officers and Shelters to Wildlife
  • Conflict Resolution Strategies
  • Capture, Restraint, and Handling
  • Husbandry and Disposition
  • Laws, Regulations and Working with Other Organizations
  • Public Education and Outreach

Course Materials

(Subject to Change)

  • Rhoades, R. (2002). The Humane Society of the United States Euthanasia Training Manual. Washington, DC: Humane Society Press.
  • Hadidian, J. (Ed.). (1997). Wild Neighbors: the humane approach to living with wildlife. Fulcrum.