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  • Writer's pictureSam Opp


The term, wildlife, includes many species of animals, some of which are even seen in your own backyard. Several people go above and beyond to attract many of these species on purpose. This includes putting up bird feeders, bird baths, and butterfly gardens, etc. However, not all wildlife is not welcome. There are many ways to successfully deter or exclude unwanted wildlife.

Trapping and relocating can often mean death for the animal. Coexistence is the most effective way to live with wildlife wanted or not. What does the word, coexistence, really mean? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, "coexistence is to exist together or at the same time." It is possible for humans to live alongside the wild animals that frequent backyards and live along the edge of neighboring woods.

Many animals are off put by sights, sounds, and smells that they are not accustomed. These can be very effective in deterring unwanted wildlife from your home or garden. Sight refers to bright lights, motion sensor lights, large figures of predators, etc. Sounds that are often successful are radios, motion sensor alarms, recordings of predators, etc. Smells that can be used vary based on what species of wildlife you wish to deter. Using a combination of these items can help in preventing an animal from becoming tolerant of just overusing one method.

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