Preventing Wildlife Conflicts
Living with our Wild Neighbors: View this printable info sheet
“My Neighbors Are Wild – Resources” which provides resources for the following:
- Where to purchase wild bird-related supplies on Cape Cod.
- Wildlife Rehabilitators and wildlife emergency resources near you.
- Planting a native garden to attract wildlife.
- Reducing avian window strikes.
- Keeping cats indoors. It’s safer for your cat, and safer for wildlife.
- Alternatives to poison: Humane rat and mouse deterrents and control
- Attracting birds to your backyard with nest boxes.
- Humane Wildlife Management Services on Cape Cod
Tips for Preventing Human-Wildlife Conflict:
There are some local wildlife that Wild Care does not accept for a variety of health and regulatory reasons, such as bats or larger mammals like raccoons, foxes, coyotes and deer. Your first option is to call your local Animal Control Department for assistance, or call us for a referral.
We are happy to suggest ways to deal with unwanted animal guests in your home or yard and to assist the public in avoiding unpleasant wild encounters. Here’s some advice on how to safely and humanely encourage them to move elsewhere.
First and foremost – never approach wild animals.
Foxes, raccoons and coyotes can be dangerous to humans. If you have been scratched or bitten by a wild animal, please call your local Animal Control.
• Don’t leave cat or dog food outside overnight.
• Don’t leave birdseed in feeders or on the ground overnight.
• Don’t put unsecured garbage outside at night.
• If you have a pet door, close it securely at night.
• Trim overhanging branches that provide easy access to your roof for wildlife.
• Cover crawl spaces and attic openings with heavy gauge, rustproof wire mesh (not chicken wire).
• Carefully inspect your eaves and other areas where the roof and house join. Repair deteriorating boards, warped siding and loose shingles.
• If you have a chimney, make sure that it has a secure cap. Chimneys without caps are open invitations to raccoons looking for “hollow trees” in which to give birth and raise their young.
• If you have a deck, you can prevent animals from digging underneath it by creating an L-shaped barrier. Attach heavy gauge wire mesh to the base of the deck, sink it six inches into the ground, bend it 90 degrees away from the deck for 12 inches and then cover it with soil.
You can gently urge wild animals to relocate away from your home or business by placing visual, auditory and olfactory distractions in the area they have inhabited. Pinwheels, vinegar, wind chimes and radios playing can disturb the animal and cause them to seek a quieter nesting place.
If you still feel you need to have an animal removed, we recommend Perry Le Pews Wildlife Management Co. because they use ultra-humane removal & rescue practices:
750 Wakeby Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648
For additional information you can also visit the Humane Society of America’s website.
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