Living in Harmony with Wildlife
MHS endorses the use of proper preventive measures such as humane deterrents
When humans and their wild neighbors experience conflicts, the animals usually lose. Development continues to expand into once natural areas, shrinking animal habitats by acres at a time and putting a larger number of animals in closer proximity to each other and to humans. MHS endorses the use of proper preventive measures such as humane deterrents whenever possible to avoid or reduce many human/animal conflicts.
Wild animal populations have a way of finding their own “levels.” When a wild animal is removed from his habitat, many times another, though not necessarily of the same species, takes its place provided a food supply and shelter are available. Therefore, relocation of wild animals is not always the answer. Relocated wild animals have a very poor chance of survival not only must they find a safe new den or nesting site in this unfamiliar territory, but they’re competing for food with existing wild animals. Some animals such as deer are especially poor candidates for relocation, as the stress of the perceived human “threat” as well as the move itself can cause them to experience a heart attack, or to bolt into traffic or other dangerous situations.
Instead, the most humane and successful solution is often to modify the environmental factors that “invite” animals in the first place and the animals will move on in time.
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