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WDACP Abatement Methods

There are a variety of abatement methods that are implemented through the WDACP. The abatement method that all persons enrolled must implement is allowing hunting access for the species causing damage. This method encourages the legal harvest of the species causing damage, providing a permanent, definitive abatement technique.

Each WDACP enrollee usually must also implement at least one other abatement method, in addition to the hunting access requirement. The most common abatement method prescribed in Marinette County is the issuance of an agricultural deer damage shooting permit. Enrollees and those they designate must shoot a specified number of antlerless deer from their enrolled properties in order to be eligible for damage payments.

In addition to the lethal abatement methods prescribed, there are a variety of non-lethal methods that are used to mitigate crop damages. Temporary electric fences can be erected around very small plots, such as vegetable crops, to help mitigate deer damage. Electric fencing has limited success for deer damage abatement, but is very effective at preventing black bear damage to apiaries.

Temporary wooden snow fencing can also be an effective abatement method in certain situations. This type of fencing is often laid against silage bags to prevent damage from deer and wild turkeys. It is very effective, requires little maintenance, and can be reused in the same location or easily transported to other farms.

Propane cannons can also be prescribed for damage abatement for very short periods of time. However, the very loud "booming" created by the cannon is not conducive to use in populated areas and animals will adapt to the sound. Goose damage caused by local or migrating flocks while feeding may be mitigated using the propane cannon.