There are times when the animal found is not in danger but is, itself, the problem.

As civilization spreads, we are encroaching more and more upon wild animal habitat. Animals either adapt or perish, and in today’s world… many are adapting. An urban area is a wildlife Mecca and species thought to be strictly rural, such as the Red Fox, are becoming urbanized. As the human population increases, this cohabitation will become even more pronounced.

Animals are extremely opportunistic and will inhabit homes and backyards because the shelter and food is plentiful and life is easy. It may be enjoyable to watch a pair of squirrels playing and jumping acrobatically through the trees in your backyard. It is quite another thing when you’ve discovered that they are living in the walls of your home.

When faced with a nuisance wild animal in or near your home, first make sure that you are not causing the problem. Are you doing anything to attract the animal? Are you feeding one type of animal and have, unknowingly, opened up a buffet for all?

Bird feeders are often the cause of many uninvited wild animal guests. The food not only attracts squirrels that can climb the feeders, but it also falls to the ground attracting ducks, geese, raccoons, bear and rodents such as rats and mice.

Cat food put out for the neighborhood felines is a request for all the area skunks, raccoons and opossums to come calling.

Before taking desperate measures to rid your property of nuisance animals, scrutinize your own behavior and that of your close neighbors to be sure you are not encouraging the problem. If you are, please discontinue the practice!

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