Got wildlife problems in your backyard? Get help

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CORTLAND, Ohio — A key to handling backyard wildlife problems, from smelly skunks to ravenous raccoons, hungry deer to messy geese, is making your backyard a worse place to be — for them, that is, not you.

The Good, the Bad and the Hungry: Controlling Nuisance Wildlife in the Home Landscape workshop will be offered April 14, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., in the Trumbull County Agriculture and Family Education Center, Cortland.

Identify the problem

“If you can identify the component of the habitat that’s attracting an animal to your yard — usually it’s food or shelter — and then can modify or eliminate it, you’ll go a long way to solving the conflict,” said Marne Titchenell, wildlife program specialist, The Ohio State University.

Titchenell will talk about  fencing, trapping, repellents, resistant plants and habitat management for dealing with pests. Urban coyotes, skunks, deer, geese and woodchucks will be on the docket, as well as, bats, moles, voles, rabbits and raccoons.

Sign up

Registration is $35, includes lunch, and is due by April 8. Volunteers in Ohio’s Master Gardener program can earn five hours of continuing education credit by attending. Register online here, or by phone at 614-688-3421.

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