Clemson offers training to reduce wildlife damage

By Tom Lollis

deer in woodsNuisance wildlife, especially deer, can be a dangerous and costly problem for both suburban homeowners and farmers. To address this issue, Clemson wildlife scientists offered training in best management practices at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence.

The course was designed for nuisance wildlife control specialists, natural resource professionals, pest control operators, landscapers, trappers and public agencies. Training focused on wildlife biology, control techniques, laws and regulations, and access to the latest research.

Deer in residential communities illustrate how a species can become a nuisance. In many areas, they are so numerous that the risk is significant for deer-vehicle accidents, Lyme disease and other health hazards. Homeowners can find deer in their yards, foraging on costly landscaping. And South Carolina farmers lose $52 million each year due to crop damage by deer.

For information: Greg Yarrow, 864-656-7370,