Wildlife con­trol fo­rum is July 21 in Eas­ton

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EAS­TON — The Mary­land Farm Bureau and the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources will hold a free Farm Wildlife Con­trol fo­rum from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. July 21 at the Tal­bot Ag Cen­ter in Eas­ton.

The fo­rum is aimed at state res­i­dents and farm own­ers who want to learn how to ad­dress wildlife-caused dam­age on their farms.

Fo­rum top­ics will in­clude an up­date on the sta­tus of deer, ob­tain­ing and us­ing Deer Man­age­ment Per­mits and con­trol op­tions for nui­sance and prob­lem wildlife other than deer. At­ten­dees also will re­ceive up­dated Wildlife Man­age­ment Man­u­als cre­ated by the Mary­land Farm Bureau and DNR.

An­i­mal dam­age on the farm can take a va­ri­ety of forms, from deer eat­ing crops to beavers flood­ing tim­ber. Past sur­veys show that deer cause the most dam­age to crops in the state, fol­lowed by Canada geese and ground­hogs. Many farm­ers run into mil­lions of dol­lars in wildlife crop dam­age per year.

Donuts and cof­fee will be served. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Colby Fer­gu­son cfer­gu­son@md­farm­bu­reau.com. RSVP to the Mary­land Farm Bureau at 410-922-3426 or abuehler@md­farm­bu­reau.com.

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