Wildlife Abatement

Wildlife Damage Abatement & Claims Program

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
  • Fencing
  • Live trapping and relocation
  • Repellents
  • Scare devices
  • Wildlife population control through managed hunting

Bear damage to a corn field

Bear damage to a corn field

Deer damage to a silage storage

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.

contact person

Agricultural Technician and Wildlife Damage Program Coordinator

(for Bayfield, Ashland, Douglas and Iron Counties):

Matt Bolen