The Wildlife Damage Abatement and Claims Program (WDACP) was created by the Wisconsin Legislature in 1983 to provide assistance to the commercial agricultural community. Bayfield County has implemented the program since 1987. The emphasis of the WDACP is on abatement (alleviation) of damage from deer, bears, turkey and geese through techniques such as:
Modification of agricultural practices
Live trapping and relocation
Wildlife population control through managed hunting
Bear damage to a corn field
Deer damage to a silage storage
The WDACP responds to dozens of inquiries and damage complaints annually. For those people that meet program eligibility requirements, some choose to enroll and implement abatement measures. There are numerous requirements that program participants must meet. View the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) website for more information.