Wildlife

Conflict Prevention in Home and Yard

Here are some tips to prevent conflicts with wildlife in your home and yard.
  • Enjoy wild animals from a distance. Never handle or attempt to pet or feed wildlife. Do not keep wildlife as pets. 
  • Use secure-fitting lids on garbage cans (link to photo) that are outside. Keep your trashcans in a closed garage or shed. 
  • Put your trash containers out the morning of trash pick-up, rather than the night before. 
  • Supervise outdoor feedings of pets, and clean the area well afterward. If possible, do not feed pets outside.
  • Keep cats indoors and supervise domesticated pets when outside at all times.
  • Be sure your dogs and cats are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations.
  • Regularly clean outdoor grills. 
  • If you keep a bird feeder, clean up spilled seed to avoid attracting other forms of wildlife. 
  • Keep your home in good repair.
  • Secure chimneys with a chimney cap (link to photo) and cover dryer vents.
  • Visit our Intruder Excluder - An interactive house that will allow you to choose the location of your home or yard affected by the intruder, identify the intruder, and find a humane, long-term solution.
  • If you think a wild animal may be sick or injured, contact your local Animal Control Officer, Police Department, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife immediately or a wildlife rehabilitator. See resources to locate help.