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DNR creates Urban Wildlife Program

By Pamela A. Keene
 
If you have unwanted wildlife in your backyard, check out the new Urban Wildlife Program developed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
 
Created to educate the public, the program is designed to help reduce conflict between humans and wildlife, such as deer, racoons, foxes, coyotes and bears.
 
“Examples of potential conflicts might be raccoons in your trash can or bears pulling down your bird feeders,” said Melissa Cummings, communications and outreach specialist with DNR. “Staff members of the Urban Wildlife Program are here to help citizens learn how to protect property and help keep wildlife wild.”
 
Over the years as humans have encroached into native habitats.
 
People are encouraged to eliminate any food sources from their yards, such as garbage cans, trash, bird seed or pet food. It may take two to three weeks for the animals to realize that their food source is no longer available. 
 
People can also scare animals from their yard by banging pots and pans or using an airhorn, according to the literature published by the DNR.
 
The program is available in the following 10 counties: Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry and Rockdale. 
 
The DNR also provides information about attracting beneficial wildlife to your yards, including birds and  butterflies. For more information, visit georgiawildlife.com/nuisancewildlife

Posted online 9.27.19
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