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Problems caused by nuisance wildlife

Problems caused by nuisance wildlife

The management of problems caused by nuisance Albany wildlife is generally broken down into three areas, wildlife damage management, wildlife control and animal damage control. Some species of wildlife have become habituated to human presence and now regularly cause property damage and also bring the risk of transferring diseases to humans and their pets, the one everyone knows about of course is rabies. Becoming habituated to human presence has been taken to the extreme by some New York animals who are now almost totally dependent on humans and human habitat for their existence.

There are some common attributes that nuisance Albany wildlife share but the main one is they can live on a varied diet, being tied to one or two sources of food is not compatible in the human environment. Also nuisance wildlife is generally considered by most humans to be cute until they become so numerous that the cuteness seems to diminish with the population number, and at some stage they just become a pest. The final thing a New York critter needs to successfully move into human environments is they have to be perceived as posing no threat to human health and safety, any perception they are a threat would mean they are under constant threat of being eliminated.

The most common nuisance Albany species are: armadillos, skunks, foxes, squirrels, snakes, rats, groundhogs, beavers, opossums, raccoons, bats, moles, deer, mice, coyotes, ravens, seagulls, woodpeckers and pigeons. There is another species that is considered a pest but would be forever on the shoot on site list that is bears, though in a lot of states they are now protected. New York Wildlife can present problems in different ways, tree squirrels represent a fire hazard because they like to chew on electrical cables, bears just like to take things apart, including cars to get the food inside.

A lot of people are now quite upset about the fact that they have what amounts to a plague of a certain type of critter and their state governments or local municipalities prohibit even trapping these Albany animals, so the animals run amok and do massive amounts of damage. What most people don't know is that under federal law in the United States property owners are permitted to prevent wildlife damage through exclusion or habitat modification, taking humane consideration as they do, regardless of local New York regulations. You need to get a permit from the federal authority to do this, then you are safe from local prosecution.

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