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  • There are instances of wild animals straying out of the forest and settling down in dilapidated sheds, houses or even car porches or sheds. Many times, this happens either because of a warm and safe environment or easy access to food. If this is the case, you need to ensure that you do not take any aggressive steps and help the animals move into their original homes using simple solutions.
  • In case you find wild animals settling down in porches, sheds, attics or garage, you can attempt to have light fixtures installed so that these spaces are no longer dark and cozy. You can also opt to have battery operated radio with loud noises installed so that the animals stay away. You can also place a household ammonia-soaked rag in these spaces so that the animals will stay away due to the pungent smell.
  • Another commonly reported problem is birds hitting windows, especially during their nesting season in spring. It has been identified that birds repeatedly hit the windows as they see the reflection in the windows to be intruders and are trying to drive them away. The best way to stop birds from doing this is to cover the reflective surfaces so that the fear of intruders is removed. You can choose to cover the window surfaces, hang streamers outside the window or place silhouettes on the window.
  • Wild animals barging through trash cans and coming too close to domestic premises can also become a difficult situation to handle. The first step to take in this situation is to scare the animal away so that it doesn’t continue to stray out from its natural environment and get injured. You should also avoid feeding wild animals as feeding them will set a precedent and they will continue to come back for food. Also, remove any food sources like trash cans, compost piles, BBQ grills or bird feeders which will be identified as food sources by wild animals.
  • In case you have adopted the above steps and still haven’t been able to scare the wild animals away, you will have to contact the nearest Wildlife Rehabilitation center and get guidance on how to handle this situation. You might also have to seek assistance from the rehabilitators on the subsequent steps to follow if it becomes difficult to transport these animals to the rehabilitation centers.
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