Wildlife Management in Your Garden

— Written By Bryan Hartman
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Wildlife can bring endless enjoyment to a gardener, and at the same time, it can be a challenge. With development increasing across North Carolina and the loss of open lands, many wildlife species have adapted to survive in close proximity to humans. As a result, your garden might be a target as a local delicacy for our furry friends!

Do not let this worry you, there are many effective strategies that can be implemented to manage nuisance wildlife species. If these strategies are implemented in the following order, often chemical or lethal controls become unnecessary.

Habitat modification – changes in habitat to make it less appealing, including removal of food or shelter.

Exclusion – creating physical barriers to wildlife. This is achieved in many different ways, such as fencing, netting, and many more creative ideas.

Repellents – frightening, sound, taste, odor, or tactile sensation. Remember when using repellents, read the product’s label to guarantee you are using the product in the correct manner.

Trapping – capturing the animal. Keep in mind that trapping may only be conducted during the legal trapping season for a given species or under an appropriate depredation permit. Consult the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for guidance prior to considering trapping as a management option.

Lethal control – harvesting of the animal. Consult the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for guidance prior to harvesting an animal.Wildlife garden

Would You Like to Learn More?

N.C. Cooperative Extension of Stokes County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, Bryan Hartman, will be offering an online Wildlife Management in Your Garden class. The class will focus on habitat modification, exclusion, and management strategies to reduce wildlife damage in your garden.

There is no charge for the online class, but registration is required!

Learn more from these Extension fact sheets: “WORKING  WITH  WILDLIFE” from NC State Extension. For more information, contact Bryan Hartman, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent at bkhartman@ncat.edu.