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Dealing With Problem Wildlife

Dealing with Problem Wildlife

Encounters with wildlife have become more numerous as a result of urban growth into animals’ natural habitat. Seeing animals in the woods can be fun, but having a skunk under the porch or a woodchuck digging up your yard is not. DEC has information available on its website to help landowners find out how to prevent and control wildlife conflicts. There, you will find nuisance wildlife information including:

  • Tips to reduce conflicts with wildlife
  • Finding a licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator near you
  • Identifying permits or licenses needed to remove nuisance wildlife on your own

If you encounter wildlife acting sick or abnormal, leave the area. Contact your local police department, animal control officer (if your town has one), or local Environmental Conservation Officer (1-844-DEC-ECOs). Encounters between people and wildlife with rabies or distemper are rare, but if there is physical contact between the animal and you or your pet such as a bite or scratch, contact your doctor or vet and the local county health department to report it. DEC has more information on wildlife health and disease on its website. 
If you need advice on dealing with problem wildlife, you can also contact your DEC Regional Wildlife office.

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