Living with wildlife

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Even people who cherish wildlife will recognize the enormous amount of damage, not to mention frustration, animals can cause.

Wildlife damage costs taxpayers millions of dollars every year in crop losses, and damage to homes and property. Unfortunately, sometimes wildlife will continue to be a problem. Many animals like squirrels, raccoons and deer thrive on the habitat created by suburban sprawl and the fragmentation of woods and forests. The means we choose to prevent wildlife damage will, to some degree, determine its incidence in the future.


Animals that sometimes are a nuisance

Nuisance animal tips

Find out how to best deal with these animals, which sometimes can become a nuisance:


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Install a wildlife fence

Prevent deer from feeding on agricultural crops and damaging your landscaping. Check out this series of training videos that demonstrate how to install a wildlife fence



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Be your dog's best friend

To protect pets and wildlife, owners should monitor and leash pets in areas where they may encounter wildlife. Many wild animals - including wolves and cougars - are protected and can't be killed to defend a pet. Learn more  about taking a nuisance animal »

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Current conditions – Water Clarity, Stream Flow


Forestville Creek (Forestville State Park)

- Cloudy with a chance of meatballs

April 13, 2022 (Wednesday) – A big storm moved through southeast Minnesota last night.  Because of how dry it’s been, most of the rain seemed to soak right in with little to no runoff. Some streams are low and clear while the condition of others will be changing daily as the rain flows through the system.  Blue-winged Olives have been observed hatching on area streams on overcast days.  Anglers have also reported some caddis around.  Trout harvest opener begins April 16 in southeast Minnesota so area streams will be the busiest they will be all year.

Mill Creek

- Muddy

March 17, 2022 (Thursday) – Freezing at night and thaw during the day make for the possibility of constantly changing water conditions. We have maybe 10% snow cover overall depending on whether you are in the stream valley, back in the woods or up top.

Camp Creek

- Clear

March 7, 2022 (Monday) – Because of the changing weather conditions from freezing to thawing, stream water quality is constantly changing. Late this week it looks like weather should remain in freezing and therefore stream conditions will improve.  When stream conditions are good this time of year, angling is some of the best it can be all year. Adult Little Black Stoneflies have been observed running around on the snow.

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