We are concerned with preserving natural wildlife while also ensuring the safety of park patrons and county residents. Being in a dense, urban environment makes occasional conflicts unavoidable, but we can and do co-exist.
Deer are back in Montgomery County to stay and we are going to have to learn to live with our new neighbors. Here are some ways to help reduce and prevent deer problems.
The American Black Bear (Ursus americanus) is the largest land mammal native to the State of Maryland. Once nearly eradicated from the State, by forest habitat degradation and indiscriminant killing, black bears have made a strong comeback largely due to conservation efforts and forested habitat improvements.
Be careful: lyme disease is an infectious illness that is transmitted to animals and humans by the bite of a tick.
When Europeans first began to settle North America, beavers (Castor canadensis) were plentiful, but the high demand for beaver pelts to supply the European fur trade in the 1800’s nearly caused their extinction.
Non-migrating Canada geese have become a problem to some people in urban and suburban areas. Because the environment there is so favorable, the birds have become a permanent fixture to the city.
Once a symbol of the American west, Coyotes are now present in every state in the continental US, with Maryland and Delaware being the last areas in the country to be colonized.
Owls are nocturnal birds of prey that call parks and trails (and other areas) home.
Montgomery County Police Emergency Communications Center
Dail 3-1-1 to report animal emergencies and complaints in Montgomery County to the Montgomery County Police Emergency Communications Center (ECC) . – additional ECC information.
M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks
Wildlife Ecology Unit – 301-962-1344
Maryland Wildlife Information Line – Call 877-463-6497, toll free, to report problems with wildlife around your home.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Call 410-260-8888 to report emergencies involving wildlife around your home or elsewhere in the county.