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HOME & GARDEN How to prevent or resolve conflict with wildlife As human populations continue to rise and move into traditional wildlife habitat, human/wildlife contact is becoming more prevalent. This information provides general guidelines and techniques for Virginia property owners when wildlife becomes a problem. l If you are feeding wildlife, stop. This will cause them to lose their natural fear of humans. l Keep trash inside until the morning of trash pick-up or place trash in an animal proof container, such as a metal trashcan with latches on the lids. l Do not leave pet food outside; keep pet feeding areas clean. l Remove bird feeders when problem species, such as bears, have been seen around them. l Close up all openings under and into your buildings. Animals look for places to den and raise their young—don't give them that opportunity. l Clear overhanging tree limbs and branches which may be provid-

ing wildlife access to structures. l Clear fallen fruit from around trees. l Pass along this information to your neighbors. If anyone in the neighborhood is feeding wildlife directly, or indirectly, it can cause trouble for everyone. l Reflective tape, lights, or noise sometimes works, but they will eventually grow accustomed to these methods, so this is only a temporary solution. l Electric fencing can be very effective in keeping wildlife out of crops, beehives and structures. l It is illegal in the State of Virginia to trap and relocate an animal to another area. If these techniques do not solve the problem, you can contact a licensed trapper or a critter removal service which you can find in your local phone directory. If you are experiencing a problem with wildlife, please dial our toll-free wildlife conflict helpline at 1-855-571-9003.

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