Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2067 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Even though most wildlife has an inherent fear of people with no interest in coming close to us, animals such as deer, coyotes, bears, raccoons, foxes and skunks often get labeled as a nuisance due to their sometimes intrusive and destructive habits in suburban settings, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Why? It is because of easy access to “food.”
“Wildlife can, and will, take advantage of ‘easy food’ opportunities. So, it is our job, as homeowners, to ensure that we are keeping these non-natural foods away from wildlife – for our safety and for wildlife,” says John Bowers, chief of the game management section of Wildlife Resources Division.
Following are basic tips to help keep wildlife from becoming a nuisance:
Options for handling nuisance wildlife (including a list of professional nuisance trappers), fact sheets, wildlife rehabilitator information, tips on managing land for wildlife, and much more can be found at www.georgiawildlife.com/nuisancewildlife .
A video is available at www.youtube.com/GeorgiaWildlife , click on “Videos” to find the title “Nuisance Wildlife in Georgia.”