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Wildlife CSI: Unraveling the Mysteries of Wildlife Crop Damage

FNR-266 Wildlife CSI: Unraveling the Mysteries of Wildlife Crop Damage

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Wildlife is a valuable resource to many. Thousands of Hoosiers take part in wildlife viewing, hunting, and other outdoor recreation activities each year. In many areas of the Midwest, farmland is the primary open space available to wildlife. However, when people and wildlife live together, conflicts can and do occur. Researchers have estimated that crop damage by wildlife costs Indiana farmers millions of dollars each year. It can be difficult to determine what species of wildlife is causing the problem so appropriate action can be taken. The best way to know what species cause which types of damage is to view them in the act. The information presented in this video is a direct result from research conducted by Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in cooperation with the Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife, and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Research crews spent thousands of hours surveying 160 corn and soybean fields for wildlife damage, and over 300 hours were spent in blinds and stands observing and recording wildlife feeding behavior in fields.



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