Ecosystem Health > Animal Pests
Animal pests can also be known as nuisance wildlife. These animals can be over-populated, out-of-place, or unwanted based upon your management goals.
Animals may be known to have specific feeding requirements or general feeding requirements. Regardless of the animals specific dietary needs, they quickly become pests when they feed on or otherwise destroy our agricultural or horticultural products. It is no accident that publications often begin with "coping with animal pests" or "living with animal pests". As history has shown, elimination of our animal pests may not be achievable or even beneficial in the long run.
Information on animal pests or nuisance wildlife tends to be specific to your target animal. Resources regarding alligators, bears, cowbirds, urban coyotes, feral hogs, herons, mountain lions, overabundant deer, ticks, and wood peckers can be found on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/nuisance/. The AgriLIFE Extension Service also has publications dealing with specific pests such as coyotes. These publications can be found on-line https://agrilifebookstore.org/ or by contacting your local AgriLIFE Extension Agent.
Working with a professional to define the management goals on your property should be the first step. Once this is determined, each animal species can be analyzed to manage its impact on your property. Be careful not to label an animal a pest before it can be determined how it helps or harms your management goals. Professionals are available to help in each of these steps.