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Living with Wildlife

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.

Living with Wildlife

White-tailed Deer

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.

Black Bears

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.

Ticks

Be careful: lyme disease is an infectious illness that is transmitted to animals and humans by the bite of a tick.

Beavers

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.

Canada Geese

Non-migrating Canada geese have become a problem to some people in urban and suburban areas. Because the environment there is so favorable, these birds have become a permanent fixture in some cities.

Coyotes

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.

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Last Updated: November 29, 2017