The increased visibility and availability of Virginia’s Cooperative Wildlife Damage Management Program has led to an increased dependence on the program among farmers.
Rob Moss of Tazewell County has endured his share of run-ins with coyotes.
Black bears, deer, foxes, racoons, geese, vultures and coyotes continue to be a problem for Virginia’s farmers. They often eat crops and create ruts in fields, or prey on livestock, killing sheep, calves, goats and chickens.
The Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries passed the 10-year Virginia Elk Management Plan at its March 21 meeting.
Wildlife can be beautiful to watch from a distance, but close up it is causing damage for farmers, landowners and even some city dwellers.