Interacting with backyard wildlife can be a great source of enjoyment and
provide added value to being around the home. The trick is to enjoy wildlife
in their natural settings without creating conditions that foster conflicts
with wildlife and create wildlife damage. Bird feeders are great but they
attract squirrels and rodents. Brush piles attract a variety of birds,
snakes, and other wildlife. Be careful that your enjoyment of wildlife
around the home does not create problems that will need to solves later.
|Abandoned animals usually aren't abandoned.
It is natural to be compassionate and desire to help "orphaned" and baby animals. But before you intervene, you should consider the following questions.
1. Is the animal truly orphaned?
2. Are you putting your own health and safety at risk? Fact, over 60% of all wild animal bites needing rabies shots were a result of the human approaching the animal, not the animal approaching the human!
3. Are you qualified. The Hippocratic oath says to "Do no harm." Are you
knowledgeable enough to help? If an animal is healthy, leave it alone.
Check out this Mass Wildlife publication on young animals.
If You Care, Leave them There
Bat house construction
and installation can be an
environmentally friendly and rewarding activity. Putting up a bat house,
however, does not guarantee that bats will use it. We donâ€™t know exactly why
bats dwell in one house and not another, but by following a few
recommendations you can increase the likelihood that bats will live in your
Constructing Bat Houses
Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln
Bat House Plans-- Bat Conservation International
We have a lot of information on maintaining healthy relationships with
our feathered friends.
Wildlife rehabilitation is not a form of backyard wildlife. In many
cases wildlife rehabilitation is covered by local , state and federal
laws. Use a professional if you need these services. For a list of wildlife rehabilitors organized by individual state, visit Service Vendors