How to deal with urban wildlife

Jun 11, 2014 by Drew Waters

How to deal with urban wildlife
Urban wildlife is prevalent due to loss of habitation and easy access to readily available food sources. Read on to learn how to deal with the various wild animals on your property. 


Like all other animals, urban wildlife are seeking food, water and shelter for their families. Whether we live in the suburbs, a city, or a quiet rural community, one thing is for sure - The wild animals around us are part of a complex ecosystem. 

Wild animals inhabit areas that provide food and shelter, and that includes not only ravines and woods, but streets, parks, backyards and construction sites.

There are several factors that tend to drive wild animals towards urban and semi-urban environments.

First, the loss of habitat makes survival for some animals more difficult. This drives them into previously unexplored territory. 

Second, the human-provided food sources in urban environments are abundant and readily available. Like all animals, wildlife love an easy meal. If a regular, dependable food source has been found, urban wildlife will keep returning to that place.

This situation can almost always avoided by applying some basic, common-sense techniques.

To Prevent Urban Wildlife Habituation:

1. Do Not Feed Wildlife

This shows animals that humans are a valid food source. We want them to believe the opposite. Table scraps and leftovers should never be left outside.

2. Keep Pet Food Indoors

Pet food left outdoors can attract wildlife to your property and can cause territorial behaviors to develop around that food source.

3. Remove Bird Feeders and Excess Bird Seed From Your Lawn

Bird seed will not only attract birds, but rodents, rabbits and squirrels too, which will in turn attract larger, predatory animals.

4. In The Summer, Remove Fallen Tree Fruit

This attracts rodents, which will in turn attract larger, predatory animals.

5. Keep Cats Indoors

From a coyote's perspective, there is no discernible difference between a cat and a groundhog.

6. Secure Garbage and Compost

Secure your garbage and compost bins with tight fitting lids, ideally making them inaccessible to scavenging animals.

7. Rinse All Recycling Food Containers Well

This one is self-explanatory. Wildlife will be drawn to your recycling bin if there is still food stuck to the containers inside.

8. Keep A Clean and Tidy Yard
Remove old woodpiles and keep sheds in good repair.

The best predator deterrent methods are often simple, common-sense management techniques that can be applied in your yard or around your home.

We want to hear from you! What techniques do you implement to keep urban wildlife off of your property?

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