Avoid Negative Human-Wildlife Interactions

Photo by Ben Kilham.

We love wildlife, but when wild animals are in the wrong place at the wrong time - bears at your birdfeeder, skunks under your porch, or deer in the garden - you need a strategy. When wildlife/human conflicts occur, it's important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Each wildlife problem is unique and you need to have some understanding of the animal and the available control methods before beginning any control strategy.

To prevent human/wildlife conflicts, it's important to have an understanding of the wildlife that you may be dealing with. Remember that basic wildlife requirements are food, cover and space. The fundamental first step in controlling a wildlife problem is to keep these wildlife requirements in mind and make modifications to your own behavior.

Major Control Techniques. It is critical to combine or integrate these basic control techniques with an understanding of the wildlife species you’re dealing with.

  • Remove what's attracting the wildlife
  • Put barriers between the wildlife and the attractants
  • Or remove the wildlife

More Information

For more information on living with wildlife, wildlife control, and nuisance wildlife, visit wildlife.state.nh.us/wildlife/living-with-wildlife.html and wildlifehelp.org.

If you need technical assistance or help with a wildlife conflict in New Hampshire, call USDA Wildlife Services at (603) 223-6832 or contact a wildlife biologist at a NH Fish and Game Regional Office.