The U.S. Census Bureau reported that from 2005-2006, our population rose by 36,700 – an 88% increase over the previous year’s rate! While a growing population may mean good things for our economy, we do pay a price in loss of wild areas and animal habitats. As our suburbs spread to accommodate the growth of our own population; wildlife is crowded into fragmented areas with shrinking sources of food, water, and appropriate habitat.
Some wildlife populations do not survive the changes. Others survive and adapt to the new environment, but become a problem for the new inhabitants – the people. This website is dedicated to providing practical information to people who are grappling with the inevitable consequences of urban land meets wild land.
The links on this page will take you to a wealth of information gathered by various wildlife scientists working here in the southeast. You can find information about some of the most common “nuisance species” by following the links above. Information regarding deer, beavers, squirrels, and other furry creatures can be found through the mammal link. Find information about snakes and lizards in our area by following the reptile link. Each species account provides information about the animal's biology that may be helpful when looking for a solution to your problem. Every animal needs three things: food, water, and a place to sleep and reproduce. If you can deny an animal any one of these three elements, the animal will go somewhere else where all of its needs can be met. Practical suggestions for damage control solutions can be found for each species by reading the documents linked to the "more info" buttons on the left side of each page.
Finally, if you are not able to find information here that will help you to handle your particular wildlife problem, contact us using the tab on the above menu and an Alabama Cooperative Extension Specialist will be happy to help you.