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PROBLEM GUESTS OR PESKY PESTS? Featured

Written by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
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If you’re lucky and created a balanced wildscape, a diverse group of animals and plants will inhabit it. However, you can’t always control which insects, birds, and other animals will visit your property. On occasion, some animals behave more like pests than welcomed visitors, which means adapting your behavior to theirs – outsmarting or excluding them when they create a nuisance you can’t live with.

You have several options for controlling unwanted or problem visitors. First, try excluding them from your yard with fences, screens, or nets. You may also be able to lure pests away from problem areas by offering them habitat in places where they will not be a nuisance. If those methods do not work, discourage them by removing food for one week. Then consider live trapping and relocating them; check local, county, and state regulations first, because you must have landowner permission to relocate wildlife on private and public land. Finally, contact your municipal animal control office for further suggestions.

Oklahoma laws generally grant citizens substantive latitude to deal with wildlife problems and considerable assistance is available from USDA Wildlife Services. However, many landowners may prefer to employ individuals who are skilled and educated in handling human/wildlife conflicts. Although permitted and regulated by the Wildlife Department, Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators are not state employees. They operate as private enterprises and normally charge a fee or solicit a donation for their services. A list of Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators can be found at wildlifedepartment.com.

Although relocation may seem to be an easy answer, it too has problems, as adult animals that are relocated often return or die trying to find their way back to where they once lived. When placed in an unfamiliar area, they are as lost as you would be if you were stranded in a new area.

Here, we explore some of the most common problems people experience with wildlife that may be acting like pests. Several recommendations are given and should be tried before contacting the animal control office.

Here is the link to the original article with those recommendations.

Remember, you began developing a wildscape to attract wildlife closer to you; it makes sense to try to work out a solution that will be fair to you and to the wildlife now using the setting you have provided.

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