Resetting the traps after hauling away the three “bedazzled” dog food raiders, another full house emerged. Amazingly, after two weeks of catching and transporting head painted raccoons, the final count came in at 26 with no tie-dyed repeat offenders.
It was a good thing relocating the raccoons, or his father-in-law would have gone broke buying dog food.
To keep wild animals from becoming a nuisance, DNR wildlife officials recommend the following:
• Pick up dog and cat food at night and keep birdfeeders out of the reach of wild animals or bring in birdfeeders at night.
• Install a commercial chimney cap made of sheet metal and heavy screen. Repair soffits to prevent access to attics, and install strong, metal vent covers.
• Prune tree limbs at least 10 feet away from the roof.
• Buy heavy metal garbage cans with lockable lids; otherwise, keep garbage cans indoors as much as possible.
• Install metal skirting around the bottoms of decks.
• Provide shelter structures for fish in ornamental ponds and water gardens; cover the pond during the night with metal screening.
Nuisance Canada geese also can create problems in the spring when nesting. You can oil the eggs of Canada geese or remove their nests after registering with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. A link to the USFWS goose egg and nest destruction registration page is at wildlife.IN.gov.
A list of licensed nuisance waterfowl control operators who are trained to remove adult geese is at wildlife.IN.gov/files/fw-NuisanceWaterfowlControlOperators.pdf.
Pond owners experiencing problems with otters should contact their district wildlife biologist for more information or to request a special control permit. Information is at wildlife.IN.gov/2716.htm.
‘till next time,
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