Designing, implementing, and resolving wildlife conflicts and finding balance for people and wildlife statewide.

We are very fortunate to be living in the great northern state of Maine with an abundance of wildlife species. Over the last half century the population of Maine has steadily grown. At the same time many wildlife populations have grown as well. Beavers and turkeys are commonly noted examples of wildlife that have rebounded from near extinction(locally) to prolific nuisance. While we love the antics and activities of such keystone species as the American Beaver, we also recognize the hardships, safety , and costs associated with washed out roads and disruption of our own lives. Balance is the goal that we are always striving for.

Not all species are overpopulated as a result of reintroduction or preservation like the examples above though. Common skunks, raccoons, groundhogs, and squirrels are often found at much higher population numbers and densities within urban areas than they are in mature long standing forests. The only reasons the wildlife populations for these animals are highly, is because the human population is high in these areas. Manicured lawns full of grubs, tasty gardens, trash cans left out, cat and dog food available outside, bird feeders, ornamental trees and shrubs, and on and on. In short, urban areas represent a cornucopia of food and shelter resources and can support very high populations of animals. This is great news for the wildlife that we want to see living around us, until they find a way into our homes and businesses. Once again, finding that balance between our wants and needs, and the animals wants and needs is our job number 1. Finding a balance so we can all exist together.

Some species are actually super low in population, but can still be a terrible nuisance. Bats are the most cited example, and for good reason. White Nose Syndrome has wiped out the vast majority of the Little Brown Bats population in the last decade alone! We can’t possible imagine how awful a world without an animal that devours mosquitos would be. We need to do everything we can to support and help bats recover. We fully understand though, that recovery is best done outside in the wild. Recovery should not happen inside your home! We get that. We love bats as well, but we want the bats outside killing the bugs that can make harm and aggravate us. Striking a deep balance between protecting your home and ensuring the survival of the bats is our specialty. Each situation is different, and your situation is unique. Maine Wildlife Management is here to provide the answers and actions needed to find that balance. We resolve conflicts and leave the world and future a better place for you, your home, and the animals.

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