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Coping With Wildlife Damage

Damage to Corn by Deer

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.


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