Environmental Planning: Managing Human-Wildlife Conflicts - View the video

Kim Wagner

Kim Wagner
Environmental Coordinator & Wildlife Biologist
US Department of Agriculture

732 Lois Dr.
Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Website: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/wildlifedamage

Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Kim Wagner grew up in Delafield Wisconsin. After High School, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University, and a M.S. in Wildlife Biology from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kim was one of the first Ph.D. students in the wildlife damage management program at Utah State University and also earned a fellowship from the Berryman Institute for Wildlife Damage Management. Immediately after completing the Ph.D. program at Utah State, Kim started work as a Research Wildlife Biologist at the USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services (WS) National Wildlife Research Center field station in Olympia, Washington. Research at the field station focused on ways to reduce wildlife damage to timber resources. In 2002, Kim switched to a 2-year term position with the WS operational program in Portland, Oregon. While there she helped to prepare analyses on the environmental impacts of alternatives for reducing predation on livestock and bear damage to timber as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. Since 2004, she has been working full time as an environmental coordinator for WS helping states and the national program plan wildlife damage management programs and comply with federal laws including coordinating associated public comment processes.

Wild animals are treasured by the American people, but sometimes wildlife can cause damage to property, livestock, crops and natural resources or pose risks to human health and safety. Government agencies and private industry hire individuals of varying education and experience levels to help people resolve wildlife conflicts in a safe and responsible manner. Professionals in this field need to develop management plans that balance the need to reduce conflicts, protect the environment and respect widely divergent public attitudes on how wildlife should be managed. Kim Wagner will talk about her role as an Environmental Coordinator for the US Department of Agriculture and how students who study the hard sciences have great career options in this field. (Running Time 22:55)