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5 Tips To Being A Good Wildlife Neighbor

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Here is a quick guide to being a good wildlife neighbor.

Spring is here and with that comes more wildlife out and about and babies! We notice more wildlife because the days are longer and we, as humans, are out more too. What can one do to be a good neighbor to wildlife?

  • Plant! Plant! Plant! Trees and shrubs provide homes for many species. Trees and shrubs can attract more than birds! Reptiles, squirrels and bats would benefit from these natural homes. Planting for pollinators such as butterflies and bees is just being considerate since they are essential to our ecosystem.
  • Stop using pesticides! Non-toxic and least toxic control products are increasingly available in the marketplace. To practice Earth Friendly Management, please see: Poison Free Malibu tips.
  • Say NO to rat poison (rodenticides)! Rat poison kills more than rats!  If you want to avoid rodents, keep dumpsters and trash containers closed! Be sure any holes in your home are repaired. Say NO to bait boxes! Bait boxes are a commonly misunderstood way to “protect” homes and buildings. Pest control companies use fear to encourage the use of cruel bait boxes. Rats eat the poison inside the bait box and exit to bleed out a long, tortuous death. Other animals eat the poisoned animals and that goes all the way up the chain to predators.
Young Mountain Lion Photo © National Park Service How to be a good wildlife neighbor

Being a good wildlife neighbor means being good to all wildlife.

In California, a Department of Fish and Wildlife study found that from 2014 to 2018, rodenticides were found in more than 90 percent of mountain lions tested, and in a majority of tested bobcats.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that in 2019 they received over 15,700 calls about pets who had accidentally ingested rat and mouse  poisons. This is an increase from 7,000 in 2009.

According to Scientific American, approximately 10,000 children a year are accidentally exposed to mouse and rat baits. For more information on how to live poison fee and protect wildlife and all animals, please see: ASPCA Top 10 Pet Toxins.

  • Be bug friendly! Create a habitat for butterflies, bees, ladybugs and others with a bug hotel! Natural materials and easy to hang.
  • Be sure to have your local wildlife center, rehabilitator and/or wildlife veterinarian clinic’s contact information if need be.

Welcome Spring!


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