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While many species of wildlife are welcome visitors to our properties, some may become a nuisance. Preventing problems with wildlife is simpler, and often cheaper, than dealing with wildlife damage. Fortunately, taking a few simple steps can help you prevent many of the most common wildlife-related problems, and this site will walk you through those. In cases where you need help with damage that has already occurred, this site shares proven methods can be used to solve problems with wildlife.


The Wildlife Illinois website was authorized by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in partial fulfillment of project W-147-T. The website was developed by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center and the IDNR in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services and University of Illinois Extension in order to provide residents of Illinois with research-based information about how to coexist with Illinois’ wildlife, especially in urban areas.


Our sincere appreciation to the photographers who have graciously allowed use of their images to illustrate this website. The photographers remain the sole and exclusive owner of all rights, title and interest to their photographs. Photographs are copyrighted and may not be used without the written permission of the photographer.

If you have wildlife photography or video that you are willing to share with this site, please contact Laura Kammin at