With the moderate to heavy rainfall expected this weekend, there has been some concern over the impacts this weather event may have on local wildlife. Some flooding in low-lying areas is natural and many wildlife species are adapted to respond, often by simply moving to higher ground.
Depending on the amount of flooding, some wildlife may be temporarily displaced as animals seek refuge from inundated habitats. Wildlife may move into adjacent residential and commercial areas where they are not commonly seen; however, this should not be a cause for alarm if it occurs. Residents should avoid interactions and encounters (touching/moving) with wildlife and should not feed displaced animals. Minimizing interactions encourages animals to return to their natural habitats once conditions improve.
For information on managing wildlife interactions and resolving human-wildlife conflicts, the Virginia Wildlife Conflict Helpline is available toll-free at (855) 571-9003, 8:00AM-4:30PM, Monday through Friday.