Keeping Wildlife Safe

Keeping Wildlife Safe

There are simple things we can all do to help protect our wildlife.  Here are just a few:

  • Cut up plastic soda rings.  These plastics can ensnare a variety of animals.  Water birds are a common victim.  Cut the plastic so that no loops remain.
  • Properly discard fishing line and nets.  These can tangle around legs, beaks and necks and often cause a slow death.  
  • Dispose of plastic bags, containers and pails.  Items like these, especially if they smell like food, attract animals and get stuck on their face or neck.
  • Use non-toxic products.  Fertilizers, pesticides and weed killers can kill more than just the desired target.  
  • Stop for turtles.  Help move them across roadways in the direction they were headed.  You may not know where they’re going, but they do.  
  • Time your landscaping projects around baby season.  Check for nests in trees and bushes before trimming.
  • Don’t litter.  Items that smell like food will draw animals in.  Many animals are hit by vehicles because they were investigating litter on the side of the road.
  • Cover large windows.  Use decals, translucent contact paper or just keep the curtains closed.  Anything you can do to reduce the reflective quality can prevent birds from colliding with the glass.
  • Never feed wildlife.  This teaches them to view humans as a source of food, and disrupts their natural behavior.  Animals that lose their fear of humans often become nuisance animals and are euthanized.
  • Keep the “wild” in wildlife.  Do not try to keep any wild animal as a pet.  Once a wild animal imprints on  humans, it can no longer be released into the wild.  If you find an ill, injured or orphaned wild animal, do attempt to care for it yourself.  Take it to your nearest licensed wildlife rehabilitator immediately. What you don’t know can kill it.
  • Control your pets.  Dogs and cats, no matter how tame, are still predators with hunting instincts.  Keep your cats indoors (which is also safer for them), and supervise your dogs when outside.