NJAES < Snyder Farm < Outreach < Who to Call Regarding Wildlife Damage
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Cooperative Extension
John Grande, Ph.D., Director Snyder Research & Extension Farm; Geoffrey Slifer, Technician

 

Wildlife is a valuable and cherished resource for New Jersey citizens. However, wildlife & human conflicts arise impacting health and safety, and result in economic damage to property, agriculture, and natural resources. The following resources should help you in resolving these concerns.

Wildlife Damage Contacts to Keep on Hand

USDA APHIS New Jersey Wildlife Services

www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage
140-C Locust Grove Road Pittstown, NJ 08867
Phone: (908) 735-5654 FAX: (908) 735-0821
Toll-Free Number: 1-866-4USDAWS (1-866-487-3297)

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/
North Jersey (908) 735-8793
Central Jersey (609) 259-7955
South Jersey (856) 629-7224

NJ Farm Bureau

http://www.njfb.org/
General Information: (609) 393-7163

Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension

http://njaes.rutgers.edu/county/
General Information: County Offices
 

Specific Animal Damage

Bear

Black bears like a wide variety of foods including sweet corn, field corn and insects. Livestock including chickens, rabbits, sheep and goats are also subject to depredation by black bears.
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife offers deterrence recommendations and a listing of bear-resistant trash container manufacturers.

Depredation Permits (Farmers only)
1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).

Fencing
Properly installed electric fencing is the most effective and efficient method of preventing bear damage to livestock, beehives, crops, silage bags, orchards, gardens and compost piles.
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife - Wildlife Control Unit is available to provide on-site assistance with fence construction to those interested in installing electric fencing to prevent bear damage to beehives, agriculture crops and livestock. Contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).

Canada Geese
and Other Migratory Birds

All migratory birds, including Canada geese, are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act as well as state laws, regulations and policies.
Contact:
USDA APHIS New Jersey Wildlife Services
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

Deer

Deer sightings in New Jersey are common. In some parts of the state deer vs vehicle collisions are frequent, and deer often feed on agricultural crops & landscape materials. One of the criteria for establishing deer harvest quotas in each of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife Deer Management Zones is the number of phone inquiries or complaints in a particular area.
Damage Reporting (Farmers only)
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife maintains voice mail on their main Wildlife Control Unit number (908) 735-8793. Leave message.
NJ Farm Bureau: General Information: (609) 393-7163

Depredation Permits (Farmers only)
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife in your area. Explain the crop damage and the animals involved. To contact Wildlife Control Unit Biologists, call the Clinton office at: (908) 735-8793.

Game Code and Hunting Questions - New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife at (609) 292-2965 or visit their web site: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/

Fencing
Information on fencing can be obtained from New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife North Jersey: (908) 735-8793 Central Jersey: (609) 259-7955 South Jersey: (856) 629-0090

Commercial fencing designs on display @
Rutgers NJAES Snyder Research and Extension Farm,
140 Locust Grove Road, Pittstown, NJ 08867, (908) 730-9419

Repellents
For information on deer repellents contact:
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife - Wildlife Control Unit: (908) 735-8793.
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension in your County.

Small Mammals

Fact Sheets are available on request at Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension County Offices
& online at Rutgers NJAES Publications

USDA APHIS New Jersey Wildlife Services: Provides technical information (species specific) about most small mammals.
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife: Provides technical information.

Fencing
Some fencing systems are effective at keeping out small mammals. Consult New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Commercial fencing designs on display:
Rutgers NJAES Snyder Research and Extension Farm, 140 Locust Grove Road, Pittstown, NJ 08867, (908) 730-9419

Game Code and Hunting Questions - New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife at (609) 292-2965. Small Game Hunting Seasons exist for: Raccoon, Opossum, Gray Squirrel, Red and Gray Fox, Hare, Cottontail Rabbit, and Woodchuck.

Web Resources

Berryman Institute – Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts.

Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management – Research based information on how to responsibly handle wildlife damage problems.

Revised March 2014
Photos Credits: Canada Geese - Dale Gerhard, Atlantic City Press; Deer - Jack Rabin
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Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey