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Hot Springs, Ark. – Interactions between people and deer, raccoons, opossums, coyotes, bears and other
wildlife can sometimes turn into problems.
Wildlife live closer to our homes and families than we realize. Wild animals constantly
seek food and shelter. If we toss out food waste or feed pets outside, we are going
to attract animals because those food sources are easy to access, plentiful and available
on a regular schedule.
We also fertilize our yards, and plant fruit trees and vegetables in our gardens,
which attracts deer and other wildlife. In most residential areas, no hunting is
allowed, which gives animals the opportunity to populate with little mortality, other
than collisions with vehicles.
It’s really basic ecology. Herbivores survive by eating plants around our homes,
and carnivores soon follow. More residents in the Hot Springs area are reporting
altercations with coyotes, which are just doing what comes naturally and seeking prey.
Unfortunately, that prey can be a pet cat or small dog.
The damage to a vehicle can be significant, not to mention what injuries you and your
passengers can sustain.
To help wildlife while keeping your family and yourself safe, consider these tips:
For more information about wildlife, visit Extension's web site, www.uaex.uada.edu, or contact Jimmy Driggers, County Extension Agent – Staff Chair, Garland County.
Are you interested in joining an existing Extension Homemakers Club? EHC is the largest
volunteer organization in the state. For information on EHC call 623-6841 or 922-4703
or email email@example.com.
If you’re interested in becoming a Master Gardener and would like more information,
you’re welcome to attend their monthly meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1pm at the Elks Lodge. You may also call the Extension
office on 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have several 4-H clubs for our Garland county youth who are 5 to 19 years old.
For more information on all the fun 4-H activities there are, call the Extension Office
at 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email Linda Bates at email@example.com.
By Allen Bates County Extension Agent - AgricultureThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Allen Bates County Extension Agent - Agriculture U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 236 Woodbine Hot Springs AR 71901 (501) 623-6841 firstname.lastname@example.org
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