A "WildSafe" Yard

Urban-Deert

How we manage our living space has a great deal of influence on the amount of human-wildlife conflict we experience. We recommend a yearly self-audit of your living space and encourage you to reduce the possibility of conflict by:

  • Removing attractants (things animals like to eat) from your yard
    • Do not store garbage outdoors
    • Pick up fallen fruit
    • Remove bird feeders or at least keep the area under the feeder clean and reduce the amount of seed you put out at a time (no more than a cup at a time)
    • Do not feed pets outdoors
    • Keep your barbecue clean
  • Managing your compost correctly no meat, dairy, or bones
    • Use equal parts of brown and green material
    • Do not overload the compost with fruit - if need be, store material indoors (or freeze) and add gradually
how-to-compost (small)
  • Landscaping to remove cover and food for wildlife
    • Trim trees and shrubs so as to remove branches that could provide ground cover
    • Design your yard with clear sight lines (don't have trees or shrubs that create blind-spots that allow wildlife to hide)
    • Consider plants that are less attractive as a food source for wildlife
    • Remove or limb trees that are adjacent to your home so as to prevent access points for arboreal animals such as raccoons, rats or squirrels
  • fencing your perimeter
    • solid fencing (such as wood panel fences) help deter deer as they usually will not jump a fence unless they can see where they will land
    • continuous concrete foundations will deter animals that might otherwise dig under the fence
  • Using electric fencing to protect backyard chickens, bees, or fruit trees
  • Storing firewood, lumber or other materials in a way so as to reduce its attractiveness as a home or hiding place for smaller animals
    • Create small stands at least 15 cm off the ground to store materials like lumber on. Smaller mammals will not be afforded a hiding place once the material is off of the ground.
  • Blocking off access points for smaller animals that may be looking for nesting cavitiesalways ensure no animals are inside of the area you are about to close off
    • Use metal sheeting or heavy gauge mesh wire of small enough dimension to exclude your target specie(s)
    • If excluding wildlife from under decks or sheds be sure to bury the mesh or metal sheeting and to have it angle back outwards
    • If excluding wildlife from attics be sure to provide sufficient overlap of the mesh that is in turn covered (with boards or metal sheeting) to prevent wildlife from gnawing underneath the cover