Living with Wildlife

We are concerned with preserving natural wildlife while also ensuring the safety of park patrons and county residents. Being in a dense, urban environment makes occasional conflicts unavoidable, but we can and do co-exist.

Living with Wildlife

NEW! Living with Snakes

As the weather improves through the spring and summer, the chance of encountering snakes increases. When encountered, often non-venomous snakes are mistaken for their venomous counterparts and can create unnecessary fears. Education about these creatures is very important for people and for snakes, themselves.

Living with White-Tailed Deer

Montgomery County’s patchwork of natural habitats and suburban, residential, and commercial development provides ideal edge habitat where deer thrive.  As a result, in recent decades, deer populations have increased dramatically across the county and present county residents and visitors with challenging impacts. Here are some ways to help residents coexist with suburban deer and to reduce and prevent deer-related issues.

Find out more about Deer in Montgomery County

Find out more about Montgomery Parks Deer Population Management

Living with Canada Geese

Non-migrating (resident) Canada geese have become a problem for some people in urban and suburban areas. The environment there is so favorable, these birds have become a permanent fixture in some places.

Living with Beavers

Beavers can be perceived as beneficial, destructive or both. To some, beavers are just destroying trees. To others, beavers are creating wetland habitat and improving water quality.

Living with Coyotes

Once a symbol of the American West, coyotes are now present in every state in the continental US, with Maryland and Delaware being the last areas in the country to be colonized.

Living with Black Bears

The American Black Bear is the largest land mammal native to the State of Maryland. Once nearly eradicated from the State, by forest habitat degradation and indiscriminate killing, black bears have made a strong comeback largely due to conservation efforts and forested habitat improvements.

Lyme Disease and Ticks

Be careful: Lyme disease is an infectious illness that is transmitted to animals and humans by the bite of a tick.

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Last Updated: June 13, 2019