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Urban and Nuisance Wildlife

When wildlife and humans live in the same place, there is potential for conflict. A number of species have adapted to urban and suburban areas and can be quite common in residential developments. As cities in Wyoming continue to grow, residential development around the periphery impacts wildlife habitat and displaces animals. It also creates the potential for additional conflict. In some cases, the conflicts come from animals just trying to continue to live in the locations in which these developments are occurring. In other cases, residential development offers things that are attractive, such as lush vegetation, unsecured garbage, denning and nesting sites, and domestic animals that can be attractive prey. Although for the most part, wildlife and humans can coexist, conflicts do arise. Following are suggestions that can help prevent conflicts.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department also has a Technical Bulletin entitled, "Homeowner's Guide to Resolving Wildlife Conflicts" (Technical Bulletin #45), which provides further suggestions. It can be found on the Department's website by selecting 'Habitat' from the list in the upper left of the website, selecting Terrestrial Habitat Home' from the drop down menu, selecting" Technical Bulletins from the next drop down menu, then going to the second page of technical bulletins.

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