LOS LUNAS – Wildlife, including many species of rodents, can be responsible for a wide range of damage, both indoors and outdoors. From pantries to flower beds and agriculture fields, managing these critters presents a real challenge.
New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service in Valencia County is presenting a workshop on Wednesday, April 12, in Los Lunas and Thursday, April 13, in Isleta Pueblo to provide integrated wildlife damage management techniques for those who are battling the rodents in their home, landscape or farm environments.
The free workshop will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas, 1036 Miller Road, on Wednesday, and at the Isleta Pueblo Recreation Center, Tribal Road 40, on Thursday.
Attendees should RSVP by Monday, April 10, at 505-565-3002. The program is part of NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
“People have requested information on how to manage wildlife that is damaging their property, so we scheduled this workshop with NMSU’s wildlife specialist,” said Newt McCarty, Extension agricultural agent in Valencia County. “He will talk about and demonstrate various techniques of habitat and population management regarding a variety of species.”
This management approach focuses on preventing or reducing negative consequences of human-wildlife interactions,” said Sam Smallidge, NMSU Extension wildlife specialist. “Damage caused by burrowing rodents such as pocket gophers and prairie dogs is an ongoing process best addressed by improved knowledge of the species and integrating techniques to manage damage.”
Integrated wildlife damage management has two primary strategies – manipulate habitat and/or population. Manipulating habitat is to remove one of the animal’s needs, which are food, water and shelter. By doing so, a person can influence the animal’s behavior.
“Integrated wildlife damage management focuses on preventing or reducing negative consequences of human-wildlife interactions,” Smallidge said. “You let the circumstances determine the level of effort you apply to solving the problem.”
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