You Can Help Keep Wildlife Out of Trouble

Harding Humane Solutions urges residents to take the simple steps necessary to reduce the likelihood of conflicts with wildlife.

Harding Humane Solutions urges residents to take the simple steps necessary to reduce the likelihood of conflicts with wildlife. Key among these is not to feed wildlife, intentionally or unintentionally. Casually storing untreated, unsecured food garbage outside near your home or on screened porches invites trouble. Please always store garbage in tightly sealed containers and put cans out just before collection, not the night before. Tamper resistant containers are available.

Spilled bird seed or easily accessible feeders invite everything from rats and mice to black bears to come for a visit. Especially now through Fall, when bears are most active, birds can get along fine without supplemental feeding. (Seed now on hand can be donated to the Raptor Trust!) Even when our intention is to draw “just small animals” to a site, their larger predators inevitably follow. A dirty barbecue grill invites bears and others to your home.

The impact of any of these visits on humans ranges from mere nuisance to a traumatic encounter. With a little effort, both can be avoided. Bottom line is whenever wildlife is drawn closer to people, wildlife looses. For more information, email: hardinghumanesolutions@att.net