Occasionally, wildlife management practices
attract unwanted species, leading to problems for landowners.
For example, increased deer populations can inhibit the growth
of food plots or tree and shrub plantings (see FNR-136
for suggestions on how to minimize this type of damage), or nuisance
Canada geese (see FNR-FAQ-8-W)
can damage plantings for wildlife, winter wheat, or landscaping
around the home.
Properly planned management can still encourage wanted wildlife
species while minimizing nuisance wildlife problems. Strategies
vary on a case-by-case basis. However, successful plans include
taking steps to prevent damage before the damage occurs, monitoring
for signs of new damage, and minimizing further damage through
a combination of approved techniques. You will rarely be able
to eliminate nuisance wildlife, and minimizing nuisance wildlife
is an ongoing process. For information on managing nuisance wildlife
problems, contact the
USDA Wildlife Services/IDNR Wildlife Conflicts Hotline at
1-800-893-4116. Keep in mind that some nuisance animals you encounter
are regulated and protected by federal, state, and/or local regulations.
The Hotline and publications listed below can help you to work
within regulations and address your individual damage problems.