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Safe work practices for working with wildlife

June 3, 2020

Most wildlife biologists, technicians, and veterinarians complete their tasks safely and uneventfully every day. However, some significant risks exist in this line of work, and injuries, illnesses, and accidental deaths among wildlife workers do occur. Aviation accidents (airplane and helicopter), drownings, and car and truck accidents are the most common causes of fatalities among wildlife workers (Sasse, 2003). Although rare, serious zoonotic infections also happen. Being mindful of occupational hazards and zoonoses (diseases transmitted between humans and animals), and the various ways to minimize these risks, can help workers stay safe and healthy on the job.

Publication Year 2020
Title Safe work practices for working with wildlife
DOI 10.3133/tm15C2
Authors Tegwin Taylor, Danielle Buttke
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Techniques and Methods
Series Number 15-C2
Index ID tm15C2
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Wildlife Health Center