The occasional appearance of a rabbit in the yard is a welcome sight. However, an abundance of rabbits can cause damage to gardens, shrubs, and saplings. This fact sheet will help you identify rabbit damage and find ways to replace it. It includes information on rabbit biology and control methods, including exclusion, repellents, live trapping, habitat modification, toxicants, and shooting.
The woodchuck, also known as the groundhog or whistle pig, is one of Pennsylvania's most widely distributed mammals. On occasion, the woodchuck's feeding and burrowing habits conflict with human interests. This fact sheet covers woodchuck biology, food habits, damage caused by woodchucks, and damage control methods.
Tree squirrels sometimes find their way into buildings through loose siding or ventilation screens. Once inside, they can damage walls, insulation, and electrical wires. This fact sheet covers squirrel biology, food habits, damage caused by squirrels, and damage control methods.
Skunks are well-known, nocturnal residents known for their repugnant odor, and is a cause for concern because they sometimes set up their dens close to human dwellings. These problems can be alleviated through techniques in this publication.
This publication provides basic information for Pennsylvania landowners regarding their rights to control nuisance wildlife. Further information for many of the species mentioned here can be found in the Wildlife Damage Control fact sheet series, published by Penn State Extension. Direct additional questions to a regional office of the Pennsylvania Game Commission or your county extension office.