How to Deal with Wild Animals in Your Yard: A Guide


For most people, the idea of a wild animal entering their yard sounds far-fetched. And while it’s true that this is a relatively rare occurrence in the city, it’s still something that many people have to deal with, especially those who live near rivers, forests, and other natural habitats.

Usually, these sightings happen once – you see the animal, it leaves, and that’s the end of that. Occasionally, however, these animals will become frequent visitors of certain yards.

While it may seem like an exciting thing to happen, this is a dangerous situation for your family as well as the animals. Keep reading to learn more about how you should deal with wild animals in your yard.

Identify the animal

The first step you need to take is to identify the animal. This will help you with all of the next steps, which are: calling a professional, taking safety precautions, and preventing the animal from entering your yard. In theory, identifying the animal should be easy. However, some animals only come out at night, and you may not be able to tell what they are by their shape alone.

Other times you may never even see the animal itself, but only signs that it was there. Backyard animal poop identification may help you figure out which animal has been visiting your yard.

Call a professional

While you may be tempted to get rid of the animal yourself, that’s not a good idea. Even small, seemingly harmless animals could be carrying diseases. It’s not worth the risk and unlike squirrels, you can’t eat them.

On top of that, you might have no idea where to start. Luckily, there are professionals who can help you. Many exterminators and animal control services specialize in getting these wild animals off your property. Ideally, you should be there when this happens so that you can give them the necessary details. If you often forget these types of appointments, these scheduling tips may help.

Take safety precautions

While you may want to stay inside your house until the animal is gone, that’s not always an option. You will likely still need to get to your car, at the very least. However, if you do know that there is a wild animal in the area, you should take safety precautions.

It’s always a good idea to know how to react when you come face to face with a wild animal. You can click here for some tips on how to react if you meet a bear.

Prevent it from happening again

The final step is to ensure that this type of thing doesn’t happen again. To do so, you need to determine how and why the animal accessed your yard.

Walk around your fence to see if there are any gaps, and close them up – you don’t want other animals sneaking into your yard. You might also need to look at the plants in your yard. For example, deer eat these plants, so if you want to prevent deer from entering your yard, you should remove them.

Emily Davis
Emily Davis, who holds a degree in Ornithology from Cornell University, has shared her expertise with our readers. With over 11 years of field research on bird behavior and habitat conservation, Emily brings a deep understanding of avian ecology to her writing. She has consulted for various national parks, aiding in protecting avian species. She previously worked with international wildlife organizations, focusing on bird migration patterns. Emily is also a skilled wildlife photographer, capturing the beauty of birds in their natural habitats.

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