Our communities have grown outward to the point where we are increasingly encroaching on territory that was once the exclusive habitat of wildlife. Raccoons, foxes and coyotes, to name a few, have even been spotted in urban areas. And our pets are in danger of becoming their prey. But there are simple rules you can follow to protect your pets and avoid harming any wildlife.
When taking your dog out for a walk, keep the leash on. If your cat enjoys the outdoors, put a harness on him/her and go for a walk together. If you enjoy long hikes or go camping, don’t allow your pet to wander. If you’re concerned about giving your pet a bit of freedom, use a leash that extends.
Don’t leave any food outside. It is sure to attract other animals.
Make sure your pets are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations.
If possible, a 6 foot fence with slats placed close together will keep most wildlife out (and your pets safe in your yard). The fence should be deep enough in the ground so nothing can dig under it.
Keep the area around your home as clear as possible. Cut the grass often. Maintain areas in your yard where wildlife can hide.
Repellents don’t always work and are not a good idea as they could be harmful to your pets.
If you see an animal that doesn’t belong in your area, call animal control or the wildlife service.
These guidelines can help keep your pets safe and you too.