–Sam Webb, Wild Wise Sooke
With the days getting longer and warmer we will soon be seeing early signs of spring. This may be budding trees, return of migratory birds and more frequent sightings and interactions with local wildlife.
Wild Wise Sooke is encouraging homeowners to consider this checklist to prepare ahead of time and help reduce springtime human-wildlife conflicts:
- Repair/seal any holes around your home especially those leading into attics and basements. Check to see if there are animals inside BEFORE sealing up holes. Doing this before baby season will help prevent animals like raccoons and squirrels from considering your house as a potential denning site.
- Ensure your electric fence is functioning properly. Keeping this well maintained will prevent predator access to your flock/herd.
- Consider your options for a secure garbage storage unit and try to freeze your organic waste. Remember that separating food waste can reduce smells attracting wild animals to your garbage. Most importantly, garbage should only be put out to the road the morning of collection. If you feel you will be unable to do this due to work schedule or physical limitations, now is a good time to set up an arrangement with a family member or neighbour to assist you.
- General household and backyard clean up. Doing this may reduce the likelihood of attracting unwanted animals to your yard. Even seemingly unlikely items could be considered food or a place to live to them.
- Reach out to us! Report sightings, interactions and areas of conflict. We can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wild Wise will be at the East Sooke Community Hall Friday March 22 @ 7pm and Otter Point CRD Wednesday March 13 @7pm for community educational talks. Please come out and see how we can help you be “wild wise.”