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.