Massachusetts has many wildlie speciesthat do well living near people. These arerelatively common animals such as skunks,raccoons, gray ox, red ox, coyotes, wildturkey, black bear, shers and more…These species are attracted to humandominated landscapes because they arehighly adaptable, opportunistic eedersthat are energy ecient. By highly adapt-able we mean that they can easily adjust tochanges in their environment. Opportunisticeeders in that most are generalists eat-ing a variety o plant and animal material including ood let around by humans. Theyare energy ecient in that when given the choice between a meal that has to be chased or onethat is easily ound in a backyard, they will always pick the easy meal. Everything these speciesdo is related to the availability o ood.Here are some simple rules or living with wildlie that are attracted to areas near humans.These rules will help your surroundings become less attractive to wildlie species and may preventconficts with wildlie rom arising.01)
Don’t feed wildlife!
Direct eeding can alter an animal’s normal behavior. Problems occur whenanimals habituate to humans through a prolonged period o direct and/or indirect eeding.02)
Keep all trash around your yard contained and picked up.
Do not put your trash out orpick up the next day unless it is in a sealed container that wildlie species cannot get intoas many wildlie species are most active at night.03)
Keep compost in a container that allows the material to vent but keeps wildlife fromgetting into it.
Do not feed pets outdoors.
This attracts wildlie right toyour door.05)
Do secure your pets.
Although ree roaming pets are morelikely to be killed by automobiles than by wild animals,there are wildlie species like coyotes that view cats aspotential prey and dogs as competition or mates and oodresources. For the saety o your pets, keep them restrainedat all times.
Living With Wildlife
Suburban Wildlifein Massachusetts
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