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Dealing With Dangerous Wildlife On The Homestead

Dealing With Dangerous Wildlife On The Homestead [1]

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Learning to coexist with wildlife is easier than constantly trying to work against Mother Nature. Even the peskiest animals out there do serve a purpose in the environment and should be treated with respect.

Unfortunately, living with wildlife isn’t always easy and can be dangerous if you aren’t safe. That all goes with the territory of living in a rural area – on a homestead or elsewhere. For most people, dealing with the odd wildlife encounter in the country is favorable over a situation with potentially dangerous people in a city.

Know Your Local Species

The very first step to living peacefully with wildlife is to buy a wildlife guide for your area and study it. Being able to quickly identify species keeps you safe, keeps animals safe and can be very helpful if you need to ID a species to authorities like the Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Legally, it is wise to know what animals are around your area due to laws on protected species. Protected species will vary state-to-state so you will need to check out your state’s DFW website. You can find a complete listing of Fish and Wildlife’s endangered animals by clicking here [2].

Tips for Living Peacefully with Wildlife

The trick to coexisting with wildlife is a combination of common sense and prevention.

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Following are a few tips on living in an area with wildlife.

Dealing with Potentially Dangerous Wildlife

Encounters with certain wildlife can be not only dangerous but deadly. Aside from obvious wildlife like cougars, bears or wolves, even animals you’d consider to be gentle herbivores can be dangerous. Moose, elk and even deer can easily harm a person, especially if it’s during rut when males are looking for a fight. Moose, both cows and bulls, are very bold animals and will defend themselves if they feel threatened.

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Depending on the species, there are certain ways you should react if you come face to face with them. Standing your ground and shouting may work well with a curious bobcat or small coyote, but with a bear or moose it may only escalate the situation.

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Here are a few links to dealing with encounters based on common species. Contacting your local F&W department (find yours here [7]) is a great way of learning what to do as well as discover what encounters happen most often in your neck of the woods.

What to Do About Troublesome Wildlife

If you’re having repeated issues with wildlife despite taking preventative measures, you have a few options. Pests like gophers, ground squirrels or rabbits may be dispatched of. Bigger small game like raccoons or possums can be trapped and released elsewhere. For game animals like deer you often can’t do much about but it would be worth calling your local F&W for more information. Predatory animals like coyotes may be dispatched of if they were acting aggressively towards humans or were caught in the act of harming pets or livestock.

Again, it is important to check with your local department as you can be heavily fined for harming a protected species — in some cases even if they have killed livestock. Living with wildlife is an adventure and often very enjoyable. Though an encounter with a cougar or wolf would be frightening, please remember that the chance of it happening is rare. Most wildlife, even the “scary” ones, want to be left alone just as much as you want to be left alone.

What “troublesome” wildlife are most prevalent where you live, and what do you do to keep them away? Share your tips in the section below.  

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