While the creators have endeavored to be thorough, they make no claims in that regard. We request that readers see this page as ONLY a guide which contains principles and insights that may prove helpful in identifying the cause of wildlife damage to one’s property. Please note that this guide doesn’t take into account damage caused by machines, people, or insects. Please read the information carefully.


Identifying Damage At a Location

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Indoors Outdoors Livestock-Animals? Vehicle   Not Sure--Bad Odor

Inspecting Specific Wildlife Sign

beaver skull (Castor canadensis)   elk droppings and scat identification   raccoon track. Identifying wildlife by footprints
Bones & Skeletal Remains Calendar Droppings  (feces) Noises Tracks

Inspection Techniques & Strategies

Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management UniversityInspection Principles & Techniques--A free course that guides you through the inspection process.

Wildlife Identification

freshwater fish identificationFreshwater Fish Guide 25mg

reptile icon Reptile Identification

Identifying reptiles can be quite difficult as coloration can vary greatly even between snakes of the same species. Here are some questions to keep in mind when you see an unfamiliar snake:

  1. Was the snake solid or plain colored?
  2. Did the snake have stripes?
  3. Did the snake have crossbands or blotched coloration?
  4. What kind of habitat or environment did you see the snake? Rocks, wetlands? Woods? Attic, Town and state?

reptile iconReptile Identification-Univ. of Nebraska

reptile iconSnakes of Massachusetts (A Key to Identification)

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