Prevention

Prevention of Wildlife Damage

Prevention is the best way to avoid wildlife damage, but it takes constant effort and vigilance. Animals adapt to our methods, and materials break and decay over time.  Monitoring and maintenance are necessary in any prevention program. Act quickly before a problem gets out of hand to save yourself a lot of trouble down the road.

If you want to solve a problem that is already occurring, visit the solutions link in the menu bar. If you aren’t sure of the cause of the problem, visit the animal damage identification section.

Don’t create animal orphans. Never secure a vent or hole unless you are absolutely sure the hole or vent is no longer being used.

What property do you need to protect from wildlife damage?

Birdfeeders? Structures?    Crops/Gardens/Plants?
Chicadee feeding. Raccoon in a chimney Deer browsing a tree. Photo by Greg Clements
Pets? Windows? Livestock?
Protecting pets from wildlife predation bird striking windows, birds pecking windows. Photo by Stephen M. Vantassel Coyote attacking a sheep. Photo by G. Connelly
Fish Ponds? Vehicles?
Coy pond. Photo by Stephen Vantassel Vehicle damage by rodents. Photo by Stephen M. Vantassel

Inspection Techniques

Publications