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Help manage wildlife with eXtension

Posted 2/28/2008

With ongoing sightings of wildlife, eXtension has information for every situation

With wild animals roaming around the Great Basin, you may be searching for information on proper measures to help prevent wildlife from endangering your home and landscaping and knowing what to do during an encounter.

eXtension.org is a new online resource, a partnership with 74 land grant universities including University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) that provides objective, free research-based information regarding wildlife damage management. Wildlife damage management information helps people identify the damage, select appropriate mitigation techniques and plan ways to prevent future damage.

In Nevada, most of the problems come with litter critters like squirrels, raccoons and rabbits, but there have been occasional sightings of larger animals. More than 400 calls of bear sightings were reported in August to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, and two sightings were spotted on the University of Nevada, Reno campus in October.

With our growing population, encounters with wildlife are becoming more probable. Coyotes, for example, are the most common large animal in the state, but along with the rare bear sightings, mountain lions have been spotted in rural areas.

eXtension can help Nevadans handle these common wildlife problems. The website contains many research-based articles, frequently asked questions and the opportunity to ask an expert. eXtension also provides personalized and valuable information not available on other search engines.

For example, one person asked on the website, "How can I keep field mice/voles from eating my lawn?" An expert replied that building a small grid of hardware cloth to protect the lawn was the best option.

Wildlife damage management information assists individuals with the complex decision process involving balancing human and wildlife concerns. Experts, ranging from nationally-recognized wildlife biologists to nuisance wildlife control operators, are part of the community of experts and are available every day to "help people live in harmony with wildlife and minimize the conflicts that occur in human-wildlife relations."

To view wildlife damage management information on the eXtension website, go to UNCE (www.unce.unr.edu) and look for the eXtension logo in the lower left-hand corner. If you can’t find the answer to your specific question, check out the wildlife FAQ database which contains valuable information, or use the Ask an Expert option to get a personal answer from an eXtension expert. Visit often for website updates of new articles and resources.

Along with wildlife issues, eXtension covers a wide range of topics including horticulture, parenting and finance. With dynamic content and more topics on the way, the website has timely information on issues important to you, no matter where you live.

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