Due to loss of their own habitat, many native animals have learned to adapt to living in our neighborhoods. People can prevent conflicts with wildlife through awareness and by following a few helpful tips:
* Trapping and relocating or killing "nuisance" wildlife will not solve the problem. Wild animals are territorial and like species will simply take over the area vacated by the relocated or dead animal.
* Provide strong, sturdy enclosures for pets, rabbits, poultry, and other livestock. Most animals will not scale a 6 foot fence. Burying wire or placing rocks or cement blocks around the bottom of a fence will discourage digging.
* Do not leave pets outside unattended day or night, and do not leave pet food outside.
* Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over. Leave garbage out the morning of collection rather than the night before.
* Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
* Clear brush and wood piles to discourage critters from taking up residence.
* Trim tree limbs away from the roof. Keep vegetation two feet away from the building foundation. Irrigation close to the building foundation encourages ants.
Many dogs enjoy visiting our wonderful natural open spaces here in San Diego County. What's not to love about being outside in nature with our dogs? Since we all want to peacefully coexist with our neighbors, there are some simple common courtesies to keep in mind when we're taking our best friend outdoors for some quality time. For example, wouldn't it be nice if everyone properly disposed of their dog's waste? Using doggie waste bags to properly dispose of dog waste:
* Protects other dogs and people from stepping in our dog's droppings
* Prevents the transmission of diseases and parasites commonly present in dog droppings
* Improves water quality in creeks, lagoons, and the ocean
* Enhances the aesthetic value to all users