I am a lifetime outdoorsman and avid wildlife enthusiast. In my younger years my outdoor interests revolved primarily around hiking, kayaking, fishing, backpacking and camping. These activities naturally allow one to come close to wildlife. However, the past ten years have led me deeper into the woods and further out over the water, connecting me to wildlife in ways I never imagined were possible. I am a licensed and experienced fur trapper in the state of Connecticut and am an active member of the National Trappers Association, Connecticut Trappers Association, and Fur Takers of America.
Trapping is an American heritage that reaches back hundreds of years. It allows one to connect with wild animals in a way that most never will. Modern, regulated trapping is one of the most important tools to aid in the overall success of furbearing animal populations. Trapping reduces the potential for the spread of wildlife diseases while simultaneously reducing the number of nuisance wildlife complaints. I am also an avid and ardent hunter and fisherman. I hunt and fish with the sole intent to put meat on my table, not trophies on the wall.
I am currently serving as secretary of the CTNWCOA and am proud to be an active and contributing member of the NTA, CTA, and FTA. I am also an active member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited, helping these organizations acquire habitat to help support populations of wild game animals and non-game species alike. For it is the hunter, trapper & fisherman who holds the most respect for nature and wildlife. We are the true voice of wildlife. We are the true stewards and caretakers of one of our greatest and most beautiful, shared and renewable resources.
My former work experience affords me skills as a butcher and, oddly enough, I was a pilot for six years flying throughout the country. In 2008 I graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in Political Science and International Relations. I also worked towards a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Science, focusing in Aviation & Aerospace Operations from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. During this time I joined the Connecticut Air National Guard with the intention of advancing my flight career while serving my country but was honorably discharged after 8 short months for medical reasons.
“So why did you decided to become a NWCO?” I get that question a lot…
Departing from the world of civil aviation by personal choice, I knew I needed to be working outdoors doing something I loved. I came to the conclusion that it was time to take my primary interests and passions and turn them into a career. Those interests being trapping and wildlife. Thanks to the encouragement and kind words of a new found friend in the Connecticut hunting and trapping community, I decided to obtain my Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator (NWCO) license. Shortly after, I started Problem Animals & Wildlife Services, LLC.
As the sole owner and operator of PAWS, I bring to you the workmanship, credibility, honesty, knowledge and professionalism of an individual who is dedicated and passionate about his job. By working as a licensed NWCO I am able to work up close and personal with wildlife as part of a scientifically controlled method of conservation while simultaneously helping my fellow neighbors rid of their nuisance wildlife woes. Working with nuisance wildlife means working closely with homeowners and property owners. I am willing to go the lengths and reach the heights necessary to put an end to your nuisance wildlife complaints. Your satisfaction is my priority. I greatly look forward to being able to serve you, help you, and work with you on a professional level. PAWS is the standard of excellence in the Nuisance Wildlife Control industry.