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July 25, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Offers New Resource for Local Leaders on Solutions to Wildlife Conflicts

A new resource from The Humane Society of the United States aims to help community leaders in urban and suburban areas implement humane solutions to conflicts with Canada geese, deer, beavers, coyotes and other animals. “Living with Wild Neighbors in Urban and Suburban Communities: A Guide for Local Leaders” is now available for free download on The HSUS website.

Wildlife questions and concerns can make up nearly half of the incoming calls to local animal care and control agencies. Poisoning, trapping or killing animals have become unacceptable to a large number of residents, and have become increasingly more expensive. This guide offers humane and effective strategies for solving urban wildlife problems.

First selectwoman of Bethany, Conn. Derrylyn Gorski explained why local elected leaders need this kind of resource. ”When the Town of Bethany experienced a severe beaver flooding problem at our local park, we were afraid that removing the beavers was our only option,” said Gorski. “I was thrilled when The HSUS showed us how installing a ‘beaver baffling’ device and some tree protectors could help us resolve our beaver problem humanely. This solution made everyone happy, including the beavers! Having access to these types of solutions will benefit many communities, their leaders and residents.”

“Working with local communities, we’ve seen again and again that a user-friendly resource covering all the basics of wildlife conflicts is urgently needed,” said Maggie Brasted, wildlife policy associate with The HSUS. “People get frustrated with bits and pieces of sometimes questionable information. What they need is comprehensive, but concise information on effective solutions – and that’s what this guide delivers.”

The guide examines how typical conflicts with wildlife develop in local communities.  It provides background on the issues, options for resolving conflicts, and resources for more in-depth information and assistance. The how-to information focuses on four species of common concern – Canada geese, beavers, deer and coyotes – but the information can be applied to conflicts with any wild species in any community. The HSUS’ website includes information on living in harmony with other species, including raccoons, bears, rabbits, skunks, woodchucks and foxes.

By working with committed community leaders for more than 50 years, The HSUS has developed alliances with animal advocates, farmers, hunters and other stakeholders to build successful wildlife management programs in communities throughout the United States and abroad. This step-by-step guide will assist community leaders in evaluating problems, resolving conflicts and building better communities.

The HSUS offers extensive resources, training and expert assistance for developing programs to humanely reduce conflicts with wild animals. Register now to download a copy of the guide.

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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