Whether in the city, suburbs, or the country, chances are that the area you call home is also home to wild animals. While this may often cause conflicts, we must keep the animals' interests in mind as well as our own.
Having wildlife around your home has many benefits. Opossums, skunks, and coyotes help keep roadways and neighborhoods clean by scavenging carrion. Bats, birds, opossums, and skunks consume millions of insects each year. Foxes, coyotes, hawks, owls, and raccoons are excellent at rodent control. Often we enjoy the aesthetics of observing the grace of deer, the antics of a squirrel, or the devotion of a pair of birds feeding their young.
As the human population progressively encroaches on wildlife habitat, conflicts between wildlife and people are bound to increase. This brochure is designed to help you enjoy the wildlife around your home by providing suggestions for humane ways to deal with conflicts.