Nova Scotians can reduce the risks associated with nuisance wildlife encounters in their neighbourhoods by following advice from experts at the Department of Natural Resources.
“In many communities, it is common to have wildlife sightings, however, wild animals can become a nuisance and possibly pose a risk to humans and pets,” said Bob Petrie, director of Wildlife at the department. “If a food supply is made available, animals such as bears, foxes, deer and coyotes can easily adapt to living in residential areas.”
Residents should block access points under doorsteps, sheds, and attics to reduce access to areas that could be used as dens.
Residents can also reduce food sources. Pet foods left outside are often eaten by wildlife without the residents ever knowing. Even bird feeders can support a population of mice which attract foxes and other predators to people’s yards.
If wildlife is creating a concern for the destruction of property, human safety or an injured or diseased animal is found, the local Department of Natural Resources office should be contacted. A map and contact information for offices can be found at http://www.novascotia.ca/natr/staffdir/offices.asp .
To learn more about living with wildlife and other topics, visit http://novascotia.ca/natr/wildlife/living-with-wildlife/ .