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Sharing Our Living Space with Wildlife

 
Growth and development in our metropolitan area have created problems for wildlife by crowding them into less and less space. As they try to adapt to the ever-changing environment they have to live closer to people than ever before. You can help by being tolerant and willing to share some space with wildlife.

Careful planning can create a good environment for both you and your backyard animals.

When an animal gets into a building it may be necessary to trap and remove it. However, live trapping and relocation are only a temporary solution to wildlife problems. Unless you take the preventive measures outlined below, other animals may soon move in.

Checklist to Avoid Problems with Backyard Wildlife

  • Do not use not use plastic garbage bags. Use sturdy metal or tough plastic garbage cans with tight lids. Secure cans so that they cannot be knocked over.
  • Put your garbage on the curb the morning of pickup.
  • Wild animals are not pets. Do not feed them.
  • Put only a small amount of bird food out at a time.
  • Do not leave pet food outdoors at night.
  • Screen all exterior accesses to buildings, including, including vents, chimneys, attic fans, dryer vents and areas around soffits and rain gutters. Use 1/4" mesh hardware cloth.
  • Install screens in all windows and doors.
  • Fill in holes around foundations. Screen crawl spaces and cover window wells.
  • Trim vegetation to prevent it from covering foundation walls. Allow two feet between the vegetation and the building.
  • Trim tree limbs away from the roof.
  • BE SURE ALL ANIMALS, ESPECIALLY YOUNG, HAVE LEFT BEFORE SEALING OFF AN AREA. AN ANIMAL TRAPPED IN ITS DEN WILL DIE OF STARVATION. BE AWARE OF THE TIMES OF YEAR WHEN YOUNG MAY BE PRESENT
Sharing our living space with Squirrels
SQUIRRELS
Sharing our living space with Raccoons
RACCOONS
Sharing our living space with Opossums
OPOSSUMS
Sharing our living space with Woodchucks
WOODCHUCKS
Sharing our living space with Beavers
BEAVERS
Sharing our living space with Foxes
FOXES
Sharing our living space with Skunks
SKUNKS
Sharing our living space with Bats
BATS
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Page Updated: Monday March 28, 2011