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.
In the winter when perennials are sleeping, there is still a lot of enjoyment to be found in the garden.
Wildlife predators are not just a problem for cattle and sheep farmers, they are harming the state’s aquaculture industry as well.