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Nuisance Wildlife

Bats in the attic, bears in the beehives, deer eating the beans, raccoons in the garbage - the list of wildlife problems goes on. Many wildlife species can become a nuisance under certain circumstances. For help, we suggest you contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Damage Control Unit in Berlin, Vermont at 802-223-8690.

Living with Black Bears
People love seeing the Eastern Black Bear in its natural surroundings. But when bears venture into human territory, problems can occur and they may become "nuisance bears." Learn how to avoid conflicts with bears by visiting Living with Black Bears.

Human-Beaver Conflicts
Beaver populations in Vermont increased by more than 130% from 1980 to 1990, a result of less trapping pressure. The creation of new dams and expansion of beaver dams within existing wetlands, although beneficial for many other wildlife species, can create problems for humans.
As stewards of Vermont’s wildlife resources, we are interested in maintaining, whenever possible, the valuable wetlands in Vermont that support species diversity and vital ecological processes. We also know the public needs the best information available for managing problem situations that result from beaver activity.
Best Management Practices for Resolving Human-Beaver Conflicts provides information on ways to reduce the risk of property damage and minimize the impacts on water quality and important wildlife habitat associated with beaver ponds, wetlands and streams when beaver and beaver dams are removed.

Sick Wildlife

Rabies is the most important wildlife disease risk to humans and pets in Vermont.
If you think you have been exposed to rabies (wash the wound thoroughly", or if a suspect rabid animal is encountered, cal the Vermont Rabies Hotline 1-800-4-RABIES (1-800-472-2437).
More information on Rabies may be found on the Vermont Department of Health Website
or on our Wildlife Diseases Page

West Nile Disease If you have found a dead bird, please place a report by calling the central dead bird reporting line at the Vermont Department of Health 1-800-913-1139
More information on the West Nile Disease may be found on the Vermont Department of Health Website

Sick Acting Bats To report of sightings of sick acting bats: Sick Acting Bat Citizen Reporting Form
  • sightings of bats during the winter months
  • bats having trouble flying
  • bats dying
  • bats exhibiting a white fungus on the face or wings

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