Outdoor Issues with Neil Roberts and Greg Gullickson 47

Lydia Hoverson
 June 22, 2022
The Dakotan:
This is Outdoor Issues with Neil Roberts and North Dakota Game and Fish Outreach biologist Greg Gullickson.
Neil Roberts:
Last week we talked about leaving baby wildlife alone, and it's important to stay away from adult wildlife as well. Greg, tell us about why that's so vital.

Greg Gullickson:
You know, and I think the Take-Home message from last week was just simply don't touch baby wildlife. Leave them alone. But also with adult wildlife, citizens should steer clear of adult wildlife, such as deer turkeys, geese or moose that might wander into urban areas. And oftentimes they're defending their young. I know I've been around some geese that have been pretty aggressive and muzzle definitely give you that sign when they put up those hackles on their back that they are probably going to do what they can to defend their wildlife. And crowding stresses those animals and could lead to a potentially dangerous situation if you happen to have an urban situation. Many of our local police departments with their animal control officers are able to assist or simply call the North Dakota Game and Fish.

Neil Roberts:
All right. Thanks, Greg. And he will have more on wildlife when we come back.

The Dakotan:
You're listening to Outdoor Issues with Neil Roberts on the Dakotan Network.

Neil Roberts:
Talking Wildlife out and about on outdoor issues today. And Greg seems to be an uptick of deer vehicle collisions this time of year as well. Is that true?

Greg Gullickson:
Yeah, we do generally have two spikes and one is this time of the year. And the other one is usually for deer in November when those deer in rut and really not paying too much attention to what's going on around them. Oftentimes, these young animals are dispersing from their home ranges, from their wintering grounds and with deer. They're definitely more active this time of the year. And the potential for deer car collisions does increase, especially when they're caring for their young and for my brothers on their motorcycles especially be vigilant at sunrise and sunset.

Neil Roberts:
All right. Good advice, Greg. And that puts a wrap on this report if you missed one. Check us on the website, outdoorissues.com. Until next time. I'm Neil Roberts.

The Dakotan:
You're listening to the Dakotan Network Real. Honest. Local News.

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