Reducing Risks of Wildlife Encounters

Department of Natural Resources

June 1, 2018 1:28 PM

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 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/ .


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     Nova Scotians can reduce the risks associated with nuisance

wildlife encounters in their neighbourhoods by following advice

from Department of Natural Resources experts.

     In many communities wildlife sightings are common, however,

wild animals can become a nuisance and possibly pose a risk to

humans and pets.

     Director of Wildlife Bob Petrie says if a food supply is

made available, animals like bears, foxes, deer, and coyotes can

easily adapt to living in residential areas, which increases the

possibility of unwanted encounters with wild animals in our

neighbourhoods.

     Wildlife officials encourage residents to block access

points under doorsteps, sheds and attics to reduce the areas

that could be used as dens.

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