public and private agencies that advocate the killing of so-called
"nuisance" urban wildlife will make the following claims:
Myth #1. Wildlife
that has become “urbanized” has modified its behavior, becoming less
wild. This increases the chance of interaction with humans and pets,
thus raising the potential for danger and problems.
wild animals that live in our neighborhoods are “urbanized” and have
become used to human presence. They are part of the urban ecology.
Chance encounters with wildlife may occur if people inadvertently
create free food or shelter opportunities around their property causing
the animal to come around frequently. Removing/modifying what is
attracting them to the area will eliminate any chances for
“adverse interaction” with the animal.
Myth #2. The
abundance of food (garbage, pet food, even PETS) and shelter (homes,
decks, out buildings) in urban areas shrinks the animal’s normally
large home-range area. These “urbanized” animals learn to depend on man
for food and shelter and often pass this behavior on to their young.
animals are opportunistic and will take advantage of what they find in our neighborhoods from time to time. If an animal is capable of learning that there could be an
abundance of free food and shelter opportunities around neighborhoods
that it can take advantage of, it will also “learn” to increase its
home range to search for food and shelter elsewhere if these
opportunities around the neighborhoods are removed.
**** Besides, there is NEW RESEACH currently being done that shows time and time again that wildlife ONLY take advantage of things they find around our neighborhoods, when there is a shortage of "native," foods and drought conditions prevail. And it is natural behavior for them to find harborage for their young in places that are close to a food source. Scientific Studies PROVE that wildlife prefer foods that are native, over the petfood and garbage they find in our neighborhoods.
Myth #3. “Urbanized”
wildlife may spread disease if relocated and may carry disease back
into the native wildlife population. There is also the increased risk
of the spread or introduction of wild or “zoonotic” diseases into urban
areas when relocated, “urbanized” wildlife tries to return to urban
This is referring to the “relocation” of an
animal (moving it out of its home-range into unfamiliar habitat). There
is absolutely NO harm in releasing an animal back into its home range
(radius of 2 miles for smaller animals, 50-100sq miles for larger
animals e.g. mountain lions and bears).
Agencies that advocate the killing of all trapped "nuisance" wildlife will try and confuse the public on returning an animal into it's home-range and relocation in order to justify the killing.
the burden of proof is on the agencies making such claims on disease
transmission. Statistics/records on zoonotic
diseases (transmissable to humans from wildlife), and disease transmission from
wildlife to domestic animals, which all City and County Health
Departments have, must show evidence backing up such claims in order to
justify the killing. This is evidence they would be hard pressed to
find in order to support their erroneous claims.
Although transmission of some disease MAY occur under extenuating circumstances, it is RARE. Scienctific evidence have shown that disease transmission usually occurs from domestic animals to wildlife populations, with devastating consequences to willife.
to resolve human-animal conflicts must be based on sound science and
common sense, rather than by peering in to a crystal ball. The
Human-Animal Conflict Consultants of Little Blue Society have over thirty-five years
of collective experience in dealing with human-animal conflicts.
public education, exclusion and the removal of food sources, we have
resolved even some of the toughest conflicts between people and
wildlife. (Testimonial letters available by request).
Money/public funds would be better spent by these "wildlife management" agencies to concentrate on creating
brochures and newsletters to distribute in their jurisdiction to
educate the public on how to safely co-exist with wildlife.