Tips on Coexisting with Wildlife

Many species of wildlife do not cause damage in the traditional sense but can be considered nuisances merely by their presence in a particular location. Wildlife which cross roads, nest and feed in and around homes, make noise, and leave their droppings are common occurrences which can often interrupt everyday life. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission provides guidance to property owners to aid them in solving problems associated with "nuisance" wildlife.

Please select an option below for assistance in dealing with "nuisance" wildlife:

Avoid Deer Vehicle Collisions

SOME SUGGESTIONS ON WAYS TO AVOID DEER-VEHICLE COLLISIONS
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recognizes the growing problems with deer-related accidents in our state. As both human and deer populations continue to grow, some of these accidents are unavoidable. Here are some steps that may help a motorist avoid many of these accidents.

  • Deer are most active near daylight and dusk and on dark, overcast or foggy nights. Motorists should reduce their speed during these times, especially in areas known to be frequented by deer.
  • Drive with headlights on high beam when possible. Watch for eyes reflecting in your lights especially at field edges or posted deer crossing areas. If you see deer, immediately reduce your speed, even though the deer may be a considerable distance from the road. Your headlights may cause them to panic and run at any time.
  • If you see a deer cross the road in front of you, don't assume that all is clear. Deer often travel in groups and one will often cross right behind the other.
  • Don't place your confidence in "deer whistles" or other "ultra-sonic" devices claiming to prevent deer collisions.
  • We are aware of no scientific evidence that these devices are effective.
  • Support legal and ethical hunting as a means of keeping deer numbers at levels where they can be enjoyed by all.

Alligator

Beaver

 


Scientific Name: Castor canadensis
Classification: Furbearer
Abundance: Common throughout state

Species Profile (PDF)

   

Black Bears

Please read: Coexisting with bears

Contrary to popular belief, commission employees will not trap and relocate nuisance bears for the following reasons:

  • Most conflicts do not warrant trapping. For example, a bear simply being in a neighborhood is not threatening for cause for trapping.
  • In most cases, people are the cause of the problem and the best long-term solution involves removal of attractants (bird feeders, unsecured garbage) rather than destruction of the bear.
  • Simply catching every bear that someone sees is not an option; we have no remote places left to relocate bears where they will not come into contact with humans.
  • Relocated bears often return to the place they were originally captured.
  • The process of catching bears is difficult, and can be more dangerous for the bear, the public, and those involved than letting the bear take its natural course.
  • This would simply move the problem, rather than solve it. The solution is to modify your habits and prevent bears from being attracted to your home.

If a bear’s behavior is escalating to bold and threatening behavior towards people, commission staff will euthanize the bear.

The following are examples of threatening behavior:

  • Bear charges towards a person. This often occurs when people have cornered the bear or have placed themselves too close to the bear.
  • Bear approaches a person directly, despite efforts to harass it away.
  • Bear follows a person, despite efforts to harass it away.

Examples of bear behavior that is not threatening:

  • Simply being in a neighborhood.
  • Being in a neighborhood with children.
  • Standing on its legs. If a bear stands on its hind legs, it is attempting to see or smell.
  • Vocalizations. If a bear feels threatened or stressed, it will start to vocalize, in the form of huffs, snorts, blowing, moans, and the popping of its jaw (a chomping sound). If a bear exhibits these behaviors, people should back away from the bear. Through visuals and sounds, the bear is telling you it is feeling threatened and you are too close.

Canada Goose

Coexisting with Canada Geese

This document offers the public technical guidance, and describes a variety of techniques used to disperse resident Canada Geese from problem areas. 
View  or download this document online or, for a free copy, please write to:

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1722 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1722

Call 919 707-0050

Coyotes

Please read fact sheet Coexisting with Coyotes.

Deer

Foxes

Please read fact sheet Coexisting  with Foxes.

Raccoons

 

Squirrel