A zoonotic disease is a disease that can be spread between animals and humans. The nonprofit Wildlife Control Policy Institute is primarily concerned with the development of research-based public policy to mitigate disease risks associated with human-wildlife interactions.
Zoonotic diseases of primary interest in Illinois and the Chicago region are bat-related rabies, rabies in raccoons, skunks, coyotes, and foxes, raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis), Histoplasmosis associated with bird and bat roosts, Giardia, Tularemia and Leptospirosis.
Training first responders, informing community groups and producing printed materials in many languages are among the techniques that the nonprofit employs in serving the public good.
The Wildlife Control Policy Institute welcomes collaboration with other agencies and gladly shares data collected in its efforts.
In addition to health risks posed by wildlife, the Wildlife Control Policy Institute studies the social justice aspects of wildlife and insect pest control, including the risk of job loss to vulnerable workers resulting from bed bug infestations and asthma and other health risks associated with cockroaches.
Additionally, the nonprofit advises and seeks to provide grant-funded service to people who, due to a true inability to pay, cannot access services without assistance.