The presence of wildlife around your home or on your property typically is beneficial. But wildlife may at times conflict with your goals and objectives. Potential problems include:
- Costly wildlife damage to crops, gardens or livestock
- Damage to buildings and other structures
- Hazards to human health
Landowners and homeowners need to be both tolerant of some damage caused by nuisance wildlife and proactive in preventing problems. Learn more on this site about scientifically valid ways to prevent damage and control nuisance wildlife.
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News & articles
- Published: Monday, April 20, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension is offering online town hall meetings led by agronomy, livestock and horticulture specialists.“MU Extension has long served as a trusted and necessary resource to help Missourians get food on the ...
- Published: Friday, July 22, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Floods and severe storms can leave more than just people homeless. Displaced snakes, rodents and other nuisance wildlife often will seek shelter and food in areas close to people, said Bob Pierce, MU Extension fisheries and wildlife ...
- Published: Thursday, June 4, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri farmers who bought hay from parts of the southern U.S. may have accidentally brought along a nasty visitor.The imported fire ant, an aggressive, stinging insect native to South America, has infested more than 380 million ...
Publication date: June 1, 2020
Wildlife are valuable natural resources and important components of a healthy ecosystem. They also provide many economic, recreational and aesthetic benefits. However, given the wrong set of circumstances, almost any species of wildlife can become a ...
Publication date: Jan. 1, 2019
White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are found in a variety of habitats throughout Missouri. They are beautiful and fascinating animals that provide many aesthetic and recreational benefits (Figure 1).Figure 1. White-tailed deer are a valuable ...
Publication date: Nov. 1, 2018
Feral or wild hogs (Sus scrofa) have become free-ranging animals in some locations of the state, and their numbers continue to grow not only in Missouri but throughout portions of the Midwest, West Coast and southeastern United States. Because of ...
Publication date: Dec. 1, 2016
Two species of weasels occur in Missouri. Long-tailed weasels (Mustela frenata) are found throughout Missouri but are seldom seen. The smaller least weasel (Mustela nivalis) is found only in northern areas of the state (Figure 1). The upper parts of ...
Publication date: Dec. 1, 2016
The eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus) is a ground-dwelling rodent common across Missouri, particularly in the Ozark region (Figure 1). Chipmunks have distinctive stripes on their rusty red to chestnut brown fur. Five dark brown stripes line the back ...
Publication date: Dec. 1, 2014
Few animals are more disliked or misunderstood than snakes. Irrational fears and feelings that people have about snakes come from misunderstandings and superstitions handed down from one generation to another. Snakes are not mysterious at all, and ...
Provides information and assistance in resolving human-wildlife damage conflicts, such as those involving migratory birds and feral hogs.
Provides science-based information on how to manage wildlife damage and responsibly resolve human-wildlife conflicts. Ideas for preventing as well as inspecting and identifying wildlife damage are also available on this website.