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Changes in Wildlife Damage Management in Alabama: 1990 to 2011

  • Author(s): Armstrong, James B.
  • et al.
Abstract

Over the past 20 years, the issues and species involved in wildlife damage management have changed in nature and magnitude. I present a compilation of wildlife damage data collected from Alabama Cooperative Extension System agents in 1990 and 2011. In 1990, snakes and commensal rodents were the cause of most wildlife damage complaints. While these two groups were still listed in 2011, armadillos, gray squirrels, white-tailed deer, and wild pigs (previously unranked) took the top four rankings. The nature of complaints within a species category showed some changes with traditionally rural/agricultural species now being of concern in suburban/urban situations. Documentation of these changes in species and types of complaints provides us with information to predict future issues related to wildlife damage.

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