Marias River Livestock Assoc. pleased to offer Pocket Gopher Presentation | Cutting Bank Pioneer Press

The Marias River Livestock Association is hosting a Pocket Gopher presentation on Thursday, May 26 at 1 p.m. at the Marias Valley Golf Course Clubhouse. Arrive early and order a hostless lunch at the Clubhouse Grill.

Stephen M. Vantassel will discuss pocket gopher habitat and management. He will then give a practical demonstration of how to trap, poison with a hand probe and successfully manage the pest with a burrow builder at a real site with a pocket gopher infestation. Mr. Vantassel will also talk about Richardson’s ground squirrels or “gophers”. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn pesticide education credits or applicator points.

Stephen M. Vantassel has served as the Vertebrate Pest Specialist for the Montana Department of Agriculture since May 2015 ( He has over 30 years of experience in the wildlife control industry spanning private, institutional and government domains. He founded and ran Wildlife Removal Service, Inc., a vertebrate pest control business in Springfield, Mass. (sold in 1998).

His experience includes managing conflicts with squirrels, moles, voles, birds, snakes, beavers, raccoons, skunks and more. Between 2004 and 2014, he directed the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management ( at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His efforts have led him to receive more than one million visitors a year from more than 130 countries. Stephen is a Certified Wildlife Control Professional (CWCP™) and a Certified Associate Entomologist (ACE™).

Stephen has published numerous articles and several books on various aspects of wildlife damage management, including The Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, Third Edition. He is passionate about helping the public resolve wildlife disputes responsibly and effectively.

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