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Squirrels and raccoons may be cute but they, along with other animals like deer and armadillos, can cause significant headaches for homeowners and gardeners. Whether they're rooting through your trash, tearing up your garden, or presenting a disease threat to your pets and families, nuisance animals should be encouraged to live where they best belong: the wild.

UGA Extension wants to educate you on how to prevent wildlife from becoming a nuisance, and measures to take if animals do become a nuisance to you and your family.

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UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Science Learn more about the animal and dairy science department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources This college homepage includes resources targeted to students, researchers, and communities with ecological concerns.

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Georgia Wildlife Resources Division Provides information and resources on how to prevent and handle nuisance wildlife encounters.

Invasive Mammals of Concern in Georgia Descriptions of animal pests by scientific and subject name and includes descriptions and identifying images.

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