The Department of Natural Resources encourages Nova Scotians to learn how to reduce the safety risks of having nuisance wildlife in their neighbourhoods.
Wildlife sightings within many communities are not unusual, however, wild animals can become a nuisance and sometimes pose a risk to pets and humans.
"Bears, foxes, coyotes, raccoons and many other animals easily adapt to living near humans if a food supply is available," said Bob Petrie, director of Wildlife. "This increases the possibility of unwanted encounters with wild animals in our neighbourhoods."
Residents who are providing a source of food to wildlife are rarely aware of it. Pet foods left outside are often cleaned up by wildlife without the resident's knowledge. Bird feeders often support mice which attract foxes and other predators to people's yards.
Wildlife officials recommend blocking access points under doorsteps, sheds and attics to reduce the areas that could be used as dens.
"By addressing the availability of denning areas and food, Nova Scotians can reduce the number of wildlife encounters and make our communities safer for wildlife and people," said Mr. Petrie.
Local Department of Natural Resources offices should be contacted when wildlife are creating a concern for destruction of property, human safety or a diseased or injured animal is found. A map and contact information for offices is at http://www.novascotia.ca/natr/staffdir/offices.asp .
To learn more about living with wildlife and other topics, visit https://novascotia.ca/natr/wildlife/living-with-wildlife/