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Tips to Eliminate Wildlife Conflicts Prevent and Control Wildlife Issues on Your Property Below are general tips intended to help landowners REPEL or prevent and control Wildlife Damage Management Techniques problems with wild animals. The best way to reduce common wildlife issues is by eliminating access to food, water, and shelter, which is what all animals need to survive. 

Remove food sources Clean up food around bird feeders and remove all feeders and suet in the spring and summer Secure or remove garbage immediately and Wildlife Damage Management Techniques wait until the day of trash pick-up to bring outside Feed pets indoors Use fencing to cover gardens and plants Pick up dropped fruit on the ground Use landscaping plants that do not attract problem animals 

Eliminate cover and Wildlife Damage Management Techniques shelter Get rid of piles of brush, logs, junk, etc., and stash firewood away from your house or other buildings. Mow tall grass near houses or other buildings. Wait until November to mow tall grass to ensure that nesting birds have left the area and that turtles near water bodies have become fully inactive. 

Put up barriers Use chimney covers and soffit vents Fence in areas such as gardens and underneath decks Seal entry holes that lead into the house. Ensure there are no animals inside as this can lead to worse Wildlife Damage Management Techniques problems. Excite or agitate Use visual repellents such as scarecrows or lights Create noise (i.e. yelling, noisemakers) - be sure to check noise ordinances in your area Haze (i.e. chase away with dogs, remote control cars and planes, etc.). 

Do not haze a migratory bird that is nesting, as this is a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Legally remove or "take" Contact a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator- hire an expert to remove problem wildlife from your property. Remove or "take" nuisance animals on your ownin accordance to New York State laws and Wildlife Damage Management Techniques regulations. Remove or "Take" Nuisance Animals Legally Identify If You Need a Permit or License. 

This page is intended to help you identify whether a permit is required to legally "take" an animal that is causing a nuisance, damaging your property or threatening your safety."Take" or "taking" means to pursue, shoot, hunt, kill, capture, trap, snare or net wildlife and game-or perform acts that disturb or worry wildlife.Taking an animal is only suggested if other best practices do not help alleviate the Wildlife Damage Management Techniques problem. 

Taking During Recreational Sporting Seasons Game animals may be taken during their specified hunting or trapping seasons with the appropriate recreational sporting license. Relocating an Animal If you need a wild animal removed from your property, contact a Wildlife Control Operator. Relocating an animal can create Wildlife Damage Management Techniques problems for neighbors, can move diseases like rabies or ticks and can cause unnecessary stress to the animal, so please leave this task to a trained professional. 

Nuisance & Invasive Species Nuisance Species Visit the Nuisance Species page to identify how you can prevent and control Wildlife Damage Management Techniques problems with wildlife. Invasive Species What is an invasive species? Invasive species are non-native species that can cause harm to the environment, the economy or to human health. Invasives come from all around the world. 

As international trade increases, so does the rate of invasive species introductions. Why are invasive species a threat? Invasive species threaten nearly every aspect of our world and are one of the greatest threats to New York's Wildlife Damage Management Techniques biodiversity. They cause or contribute to: Habitat degradation and loss The loss of native fish, wildlife and tree species The loss of recreational opportunities and income. 

Crop damage and diseases in humans and livestock Feeding Wildlife A Wrong Choice Whatever the intentions may be, whether it is to have a closer encounter with wildlife, to help animals in the winter or to increase the number of available game animals, numerous Wildlife Damage Management Techniques problems arise when we feed wildlife. Feeding wildlife interferes with a natural healthy balance between wildlife populations and their habitat. 

For this reason, and for many others Wildlife Damage Management Techniques identified on this page, wildlife biologists suggest to "just say no" to feeding wildlife. Why Feeding Wildlife Does More Harm than Good Wildlife feeding threatens human and animal safety As wild animals are fed they become used to the presence of people. Animals like coyotes and black bears can become a potential threat and can harm both humans and pets. 

Animals may behave abnormally and have to be lethally removed if they are posing a threat. Additionally, more vehicle collisions may occur as deer are drawn closer to roads nearby homes. Wildlife feeding leads to wildlife overabundance An overabundance of wildlife damages natural habitat and creates nuisance issues with humans. For example, overabundant deer populations can result in increased damage to natural forest habitat from over Wildlife Damage Management Techniques browsing, agricultural crop loss, and automobile collisions. 

Additionally, as wildlife approach and stay around homes, deer cause damage to gardens and landscape plants; bears and raccoons raid garbage and pet food; and an abundance of geese and other waterfowl lead to increased droppings. Wildlife feeding can promote the spread of diseases. In the wild, animals naturally disperse across the landscape. However, food promotes the concentration of animals into a small area, which increases the Wildlife Damage Management Techniques potential for diseases to spread. 

Food gets contaminated with feces, saliva, and urine, which easily harbor infectious disease-causing micro-organisms like bacteria, viruses, prions, or fungi. Once Wildlife Damage Management Techniques introduced, these diseases are difficult to eliminate and some can be transmitted to humans (zoonosis). Examples of animal diseases that can easily spread due to feeding includes, Chronic Wasting Disease in deer, House Finch Conjunctivitis, 

Aspergillosis in waterfowl, and Salmonellosis in songbirds. Wildlife feeding may cause malnutrition in wildlife Human foods do not offer a healthy diet for animals. Animals may readily consume foods like corn and bread, but these foods provide an animal with little nutrition and may disrupt the digestive system. When wildlife become reliant on the food source at hand, they stop feeding on the variety of natural foods they need in their diet for proper Wildlife Damage Management Techniques nutrients. 

Feeding the wrong diet to a newborn animal can cause permanent damage to developing muscles, bones and tissues; and young wildlife may not learn to feed normally, which decreases its chance of Wildlife Damage Management Techniques survival. Plastics and other waste from raided garbage bags are also harmful to animals. Wildlife feeding leads to the unnatural behavior of wildlife. 

Animals that become reliable on an abundant year-round food source may not migrate during the normal time of year. Fed animals also become more aggressive towards each other and towards humans as they lose wariness. This results in animals becoming devalued, losing the quality that most people like about wildlife -- their "wildness." Wildlife feeding is illegal for deer, bear and moose in New York State Wildlife Damage Management Techniques. 

To take action against many of these Wildlife Damage Management Techniques issues, DEC has implemented rules and regulations that prohibit the intentional and unintentional feeding for several species of wildlife, including: deer and moose feeding regulations, and bear feeding regulations. Ways to Keep Wildlife Healthy and Wild Following the simple tips below can help keep our wild animals wild and healthy, while giving you a chance to view them in their natural characteristics and habitats. 

Visit wildlife refuges and natural areas You can readily see a variety of wildlife like songbirds, ducks, geese, hawks, deer, moose, beavers, butterflies, turtles, frogs and many other animals in wildlife refuges and natural areas. Many state lands offer overlook sites for great views of wildlife within their natural habitat. To find a wildlife viewing area in New York State Wildlife Damage Management Techniques. 

Check out the Watchable Wildlifeweb page or browse through the Places to Go Wildlife Damage Management Techniques web pages. Nature scape your landscape and preserve natural habitat Preserving natural areas on your land and landscaping with native plants will attract wildlife. Did you know a deer's regular diet consists of "browse" like trees leaves, twigs, vines, and shoots, as well as "forbs" like weeds and flowering plants? 

Although DEC prohibits feeding deer In New York State, one exception to this rule is planting their preferred native deer foods and cutting browse for feeding. This helps provide deer the proper nutrition that they can easily digest, while helping them during harsh winters. For other helpful nature tips, visit the Attracting Wildlife to Your Yard on the Wildlife Damage Management Techniques web page. 

Use backyard bird feeders in the winter only and keep them clean Starting in late October through early March, you can feed birds with backyard feeders. As food becomes available in the spring, and Wildlife Damage Management Techniques as bears come out of hibernation, the feeders should be put away (read more about bears and bird feeders. 

It is also important to provide only a moderate number of feeders and keep them clean. They can be thoroughly scrubbed with a 10% bleach solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water), rinsed in fresh water and dried completely before refilling with bird food. Additionally, birdbaths and areas surrounding feeders should be kept fresh. All of this will offer a healthy Wildlife Damage Management Techniques environment for our backyard birds and help prevent the spread of disease.

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