Where the wild things are

By Connie Orcutt • Published: December 1st, 2014
Category: Animal Airwaves

In recent years, residential sprawl has invaded the turf of our wildlife neighbors. At the same time, once-shy critters like deer, foxes, turkeys, coyotes and skunks are drawn to the riches of lush yards. So what’s a person to do when confronting these wild things?

First, keep your distance. Many wild animals carry dangerous germs like rabies and parasites. Keep your pets inside so they don’t become prey or transform into predators themselves. Think twice before offering food, even in bird feeders, because scraps can attract unwanted visitors. Likewise, clean up wood and leaf piles so you don’t get any surprises.

Try to leave wildlife alone. Relocating wild animals is often illegal and usually considered inhumane. After all, your locale may be the only home these animals have ever known.

Use your head and show respect to help keep the wild things at bay.