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Va. wildlife damage hotline taking thousands of calls

Va. wildlife damage hotline taking thousands of calls
Wildlife can be beautiful to watch from a distance, but close up it is causing damage for farmers, landowners and even some city dwellers.



Attract birds during the winter with variety of feeders

Attract birds during the winter with variety of feeders
In the winter when perennials are sleeping, there is still a lot of enjoyment to be found in the garden.



Be cautious when encountering wildlife

With summer come greater opportunities to spend time outdoors. There’s also a greater likelihood of encountering wildlife, and it is important to know what to do when face to face with a coyote, snake, fox or other animal.



Budget cuts could have dramatic impact on state’s largest industry

Budget cuts could have dramatic impact on state’s largest industry

Conservation, forestry and wildlife control have all taken huge hits in Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s reductions to the state budget.




Farmers fear program loss will be coyotes’, vultures’ gain

Farmers fear program loss will be coyotes’, vultures’ gain
Chuck Shorter has been fighting to keep coyotes from killing his livestock since at least 1973, “and I’m still fighting them,” he said.



Aquaculture predators create problem for the industry

Aquaculture predators create problem for the industry
Wildlife predators are not just a problem for cattle and sheep farmers, they are harming the state’s aquaculture industry as well.



Farmers: Closing elk hunting would put farms, drivers at risk

A proposal by the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries to close the elk hunting season in 31 counties west of the Blue Ridge is cause for concern among farmers.



Virginia Farm Bureau satisfied with elk management plan

The Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries made a decision at its June 2 meeting to allow elk hunting in 28 counties, pending a clear elk management plan that is agreed upon by agriculture leaders and other stakeholders.



Want to keep bird feeders from becoming squirrel buffet?

While squirrels are nice to have in the backyard and are a part of wildlife, they can be a big nuisance. There are several things you can try to keep squirrels away from bird feeders if you want to feed birds—not squirrels—in your yard.



Coyote damage control program making a difference

In the past 18 months, Virginia has seen a drop in the number of livestock animals killed by coyotes on Virginia farms, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services division.



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