Below you will find vital information regarding various critters and wildlife and the effects they can have on our environment.

"As we continue to navigate uncharted waters right now with COVID-19, one thing is certain in this time of uncertainty – our daily lives have been affected. We may not be going out to eat, shopping in stores, or visiting the movie theater, but there’s plenty of safe and enjoyable outdoor activities you can do in Georgia to pass the time. Better yet, there’s quite a few health benefits from getting outdoors." -GA DNR

Urban Wildlife Program

"The Urban Wildlife Program helps residents of the metro Atlanta area resolve conflicts with wildlife through technical guidance, on site response, and education and outreach." Learn More

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"Bats are distinct from most vertebrate pests that inhabit human dwellings because of the potential for transmitting rabies. The unfortunate recent (1983 to 1993) deaths of a 22-year-old man in Texas, a 30-year-old bat scientist in Finland, a university student in British Columbia, a 5-year-old girl in Michigan, a man in Arkansas, an 11-year-old girl in New York, and a woman in Georgia amply underscore the need to pay prompt attention to bat bites and other exposures. Many rabies exposures could be avoided if people simply refrained from handling bats. Adults and children should be strongly cautioned never to touch bats with bare hands. All necessary measures should be taken to ensure that bats cannot enter living quarters in houses and apartments. Pet cats and dogs should be kept up-to-date in rabies vaccinations. This is also true for pets confined indoors, because contact with bats frequently occurs indoors." (GA DNR)

Even though bats are gentle animals, they do unfortunately carry other diseases and parasites than just rabies, and like all animals, produce waste. Many buildings are polluted with the very strong odor of bat droppings (guano) and urine. Worse than the odor, these droppings are a bio-hazard. Fungus often grows on the droppings which can cause a lung disease in humans known as histoplasmosis.

Below you will find vital information regarding various critters and wildlife and the effects they can have on our environment.

Wildlife Overpopulation

"Experts agree that wildlife management is the key to limiting highway injuries, lessening damage to ecosystems and farmland, and preventing disease caused by the overpopulation of some species. But the term “wildlife management” often triggers heated debates, especially over two important methods used by wildlife biologists - hunting and trapping." -exerpt Bears in the Backyard, Deers in the Driveway

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Prevent Bear-Human Encounters

Add “Bear-proof the garbage” to your spring cleaning list. It’s one of the first and most important things you can do to resolve human-bear conflicts. Easily accessible garbage is irresistible to a hungry black bear. Unfortunately, it’s also a major threat to its survival. Bear-proofing your garbage could add years to the lives of some of Georgia’s magnificent wild black bears. “Bears become habituated when people feed them – whether intentional or not,” explains Adam Hammond, wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. “When a bear learns that it can get a ‘free meal’ from garbage, it’s going to return again and again until eventually it loses its natural fear of humans. This is how many human-bear conflicts begin, and the bear becomes labeled a nuisance.”