In general, wild animals prefer to avoid people and live by a "you leave me alone and I'll leave you alone" strategy. In some cases, however, wildlife take advantage of food or shelter that humans provide, which can lead to conflicts. Fortunately many types of wildlife-caused damage are preventable; food sources can be removed or secured in animal-proof containers, access to buildings can be closed off or the area can be made less attractive to a certain species, and vulnerable livestock or pets can be kept in predator-proof enclosures, or closely supervised when outside.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission provides technical guidance and resources to the public that help prevent or manage wildlife conflicts. While Commission staff do not solve wildlife conflicts directly, they can provide information, issue depredation permits for animal removal, or provide referrals to licensed professionals who can provide direct assistance.
Wildlife Control Agents (WCAs) are trained and certified by the Commission, and are authorized to issue depredation permits to North Carolina residents who are having wildlife damage problems. Where damage is occurring, WCAs can issue permits for certain species on-the-spot, and may remove the animal directly. Only Commission staff can issue depredation permits for big game species (white-tailed deer, wild turkey, black bear), and protected species typically cannot be removed, or require additional restricted permits.
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