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Wildlife activity increases during fall, winter

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Autumn means cooler temperatures, which also means some wildlife are becoming more active. For Moody, the main wildlife to watch out for are snakes and deer.

The 23d Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Flight has provided the following information to ensure you have a safe winter.

The main threat deer impose is vehicular collision, particularly at sunrise and sunset. While there are deer all around the installation, there are small herds that gather near military working dog kennels, and the Burma Road and Vanguard Run traffic circle. It’s important to remain cautious and aware of the surroundings when driving through these areas.

Due to it being breeding season, deer are more active this time of year. Bucks, specifically, can be more aggressive if cornered or if they feel threatened. Do not approach, feed, or leave food out for deer or any other wildlife, including raccoons, opossums and alligators.

For example, leaving food out overnight can attract raccoons and opossums, which can lead to a dependence on that food source. Wildlife that become too comfortable around humans can become dangerous and may have to be euthanized.

While deer are out for mates, snakes are often out looking for food before they find shelter to enter torpor (or “hibernate”) for the winter.

Do not try to kill a snake. A large percentage of venomous snakebites occur when people try to kill a snake or get too close to it.

Environmental has staff members trained to safely relocate both venomous and nonvenomous snakes. The best and safest option is to leave the snake alone and call the environmental office at 229-257-5881 or 229-257-4980.

If you have any other concerns about wildlife, nuisance or otherwise, contact the environmental office.