Living with Wildlife

Barrier to Prevent Digging Animals

September 29, 2021 Comments Off on Barrier to Prevent Digging Animals

Installing this barrier properly will prevent digging animals from accessing this tempting den site. This method keeps out rats as well. Dig a trench around the deck, at least 12″ – 18″ deep (below ground level.) and then attach ¼” wire mesh (hardware cloth) to the bottom of your deck. 2. Bend the mesh at…

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Stop! Don’t Trim That Tree!

February 11, 2021 Comments Off on Stop! Don’t Trim That Tree!

Wild babies need trees… maybe even yours! Every spring, baby animals that have been orphaned or injured because their nests were damaged or removed arrive at WildCare. Most people are appalled to find they have caused these accidents, especially when the injury to wildlife is so easy to prevent: just procrastinate! Wait until resident wildlife…

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Protect Songbirds from Salmonella Poisoning

February 4, 2021 Comments Off on Protect Songbirds from Salmonella Poisoning

Protect Songbirds from Salmonella Poisoning Click to download and share this infographic! An outbreak of avian salmonellosis has killed untold numbers of songbirds in the Bay Area. Please take down your birdfeeders IMMEDIATELY if you see sick or dead birds in your yard! It has been approximately two weeks since WildCare last admitted a songbird…

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Why Trapping Doesn’t Work

October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Why Trapping Doesn’t Work

Trapping doesn’t solve a nuisance animal problem. Animals are attracted to your property because it provides something they want and need. Usually what attracts them is access to FOOD, WATER or SHELTER.

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Living with Yellow Jackets

October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Living with Yellow Jackets

The aggressive wasps known as Yellow Jackets are carnivorous, and can be menacing creatures when it comes to a showdown over the picnic table. They are often mistaken for bees, and sometimes are even called “meat bees”.

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Living with Skunks

October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Living with Skunks

If cornered by a persistent attacker, the skunk will arch its back, raise its fur and stick its tail straight up into the air. This makes the skunk appear to be bigger and more ferocious.

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Living with Rodents

October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Living with Rodents

Rodents breed all year long, but the peak season for rodent nesting begins in February. This year-round breeding cycle makes sense. Rodents are the dietary staple of almost every land-based carnivore, so they have to be prolific.

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Living with Mountain Lions

October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Living with Mountain Lions

For many people, it can be unsettling to realize that the beautiful wildlands we so enjoy around the Bay Area also serve as habitat for Mountain Lions (also called pumas or cougars).

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Living with Honeybees

October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Living with Honeybees

Honeybees are social insects. Unlike the four to five thousand other species of solitary bees, honey bees store resources, in the form of honey, that allow the hive to survive the winter.

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Living with Deer

October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Living with Deer

Living with deer is now a fact of our lives in the Bay Area. We eliminated their major predators, mountain lions, and now urban sprawl has crowded them into less and less space.

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