The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife says that there are over 800 species of wildlife living in the Garden State, and while most of them will never been seen on association properties, it seems that others are showing up more than ever before.
On Facebook recently, one resident of Nutley proclaimed “The goose problem in Nutley is ridiculous!” Since the 1980s, the Garden State's black bear population also has been increasing, with confirmed bear sightings in all 21 of New Jersey's counties. In a recent newspaper article, Larry Katz, professor of animal science at Rutgers University, says the white-tailed deer population in some Jersey suburbs exceeds 100 deer per square mile when it should be only 5 to 10 deer per square mile.
Wildlife can cause a tremendous amount of damage as they navigate their way onto properties. Migrating geese can befoul golf courses, deer can chew hedges into mulch, and gophers, raccoons, and squirrels can wreak havoc on landscaping, strew garbage for blocks, and infringe on residents’ peace and quiet. Bats can nest in attics, causing a build up of unsanitary conditions thanks to their droppings, or guano.
Drew Cowley, president/owner of Little Rascals Nuisance Wildlife Removal Services in Neptune City says the most common wildlife complaints he gets are for birds, bats, raccoons and squirrels. “They constantly get in through vents and attic fans and with association’s dumpsters, opportunistic raccoons, chipmunks and rats will try to get in if garbage is not disposed of properly.”
“Gophers can also cause sidewalk damage from burrowing under and landscape damage depending on the foliage around the structures,” says Raymond Navarro, special operations manager of Cooper Pest Solutions in Lawrenceville.