News Release -- Protect Our Wildlife Vermont
August 1, 2017
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POW LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN AIMED AT MUNICIPALITIES
POW Urges Towns to Seek Humane Options to Wildlife Conflicts
Stowe, VT – Thanks to a grant from LUSH cosmetics, Protect Our Wildlife (POW) has embarked on a new “Living With Wildlife” campaign to help municipalities humanely address wildlife conflicts. POW will be reaching out to every town across the state to encourage town officials to seek humane and sustainable options to mitigate problems with wildlife.
“Many people don’t know that conflicts with wildlife can be resolved – and even prevented – without killing animals” said Brenna Galdenzi, President of Protect Our Wildlife. “Wild animals need food and shelter just like we do. Sometimes, they seek these things in or near our homes or roadways. Sadly, these behaviors may result in people resorting to trapping and killing animals – and not necessarily the animal for whom the trap was even intended” shares Linda Huebner, POW’s Humane Wildlife Solutions Consultant.
According to a recent survey conducted by University of Vermont’s Center for Rural Studies, 75% of Vermonters want ban to trapping. Given these survey results, POW hopes that if given the option, people will choose to humanely solve conflicts with wildlife, rather than resort to killing.
POW offers some examples of the more common humane solutions including: capping chimneys to prevent animals from getting inside; installing one-way doors to humanely evict animals from attics and under buildings and burying fencing to prevent burrowing animals from ravishing gardens. Also, culverts can be protected to prevent beavers from flooding roads and trees can be wrapped with welded wire to prevent damage caused by beavers.
POW offers information on humane alternatives and referrals to humane wildlife control companies as a public service.
For more information on how to humanely address wildlife conflicts, visit http://www.protectourwildlifevt.org/conflicts. If you have a wildlife conflict concern and would like to learn about non-lethal and long-lasting solutions, please contact POW either via email at [email protected] or at 802-768-9862.