- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Looking for a civilized solution to a wildlife problem? Residents of 13 eastern states and the District of Columbia have a new online resource.

The site - wildlifehelp.org - was created by the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Northeast Wildlife Damage Management Cooperative.

Users can select a species and problem, such as “How to trap a problem opossum,” and get solutions. In that case, the site says opossums generally are relatively easy trap in a box or cage traps baited with cat food, fish, fruit or marshmallows.

The site also offers other options for those who suspect a wild animal is causing a problem, but they don’t know what species. For example, someone who says their bird feeders are being raided would be directed to information about black bears, wild turkeys, opossums, squirrels and raccoons. A partial listing of professional wildlife control officials also is included.

“We’re hopeful that this website will provide viewers with helpful ideas and the knowledge to solve a multitude of common wildlife damage issues, without necessarily requiring that they call us first,” said Rob Calvert, animal damage specialist for the New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The website covers species common to the six New England states, plus Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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