Nuisance Wildlife

Coyotes and Other Nuisance Wildlife

Oklahoma laws generally grant citizens substantive latitude to deal with wildlife problems and considerable assistance is available from USDA Wildlife Services. However, many landowners may prefer to employ individuals who are skilled and educated in handling human/wildlife conflicts. Although permitted and regulated by the ODWC, Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators (NWCOs) are not state employees. They operate as private enterprises and normally charge a fee or solicit a donation for their services.

You can find a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Animal wildlife sightings in Broken Arrow

Although not dangerous to people, they can be a nuisance at times.

The source of the problem is not the presence of wildlife, but the environment that humans have created for them. To prevent attracting wildlife to your neighborhood, we suggest the following:

11 Things you can do to reduce problems with nuisance wildlife:

  1. Remove food sources. Pick up leftover dog and cat food at night and keep bird feeders out of their reach (or bring them in at night). Don’t let spilled food accumulate on the ground.
  2. Prevent access to chimneys with a commercial cap made of sheet metal and heavy screen over the top of the chimney. Repair soffits to prevent access to attics and install strong, metal vent covers. Keep dampers closed when not in use, but consult a knowledgeable source to prevent a fire hazard.
  3. Prune tree limbs away from the roof (10 feet away is best) or install a 3-foot wide band of sheet metal (6 feet above the ground), around the trunks of trees which overhang your house. This will reduce access to your roof by raccoons and squirrels.
  4. Non City or trash service issued garbage cans should be made of heavy metal and have lockable or tight-fitting lids to prevent access. Otherwise, keep them indoors as much as possible.
  5. Install metal skirting (i.e. strong hardware cloth) around the bottom of a deck to prevent a wild animal from making a den underneath.
  6. Provide shelter structures for fish in ornamental ponds and water gardens; cover the pond during the night with metal screening.
  7. Cover window wells with grates, bubbles or hardware cloth.     
  8. Seal up holes around and under home foundations to help keep out mice, rats, insects and snakes. You can bury ¼ inch mesh hardware cloth 1-2 feet deep in places where animals might gain access to your crawl space through digging.
  9. Fence gardens and cover fruit trees and berry bushes with netting, or use an approved non-toxic repellent spray.
  10. Repair broken, weak, or rotted areas on the roof, soffit, and fascia of your house.
  11. Mark large windows with strips of white tape or raptor (hawk) silhouettes to avert birds from flying into the window.

All wild animals are opportunistic and will take advantage of the easy food, water, and shelter that people provide for them. Existence of these conditions causes animals to become habituated to neighborhoods and learn that meals and shelter can effortlessly be found within yards, trash cans, and homes.

Eliminating attractants will encourage wildlife to forage in areas outside of neighborhoods and eventually will lead to their understanding that there are no benefits to being in close proximity to people. The opposite is also true as well; if nothing is changed and the benefits of being around humans remain unchecked, then wildlife behavior will remain the same and they will continue to seek out yards and homes that appeal to them.

Make sure all pets are vaccinated against rabies and licensed with the City each year. Protecting your pets from diseases that wildlife can carry will also protect your family from being exposed through your pet.

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