Conflicts with wildlife usually occur when wild animals have access to areas or resources that humans would prefer they leave alone. But the possibilities for problems are as diverse as the animals and the humans themselves.
The most common problems involve animals:
- getting into crawlspaces and attics
- raiding garbage cans
- interacting with pets
- damaging plants
Why humane solutions work
PAWS’ goal is to help people find humane, effective, long-term solutions to conflicts with wildlife. Humane solutions involve determining what is attracting an animal to an area and then removing or closing off access to that attractant. They may require a bit of ingenuity as well as flexibility, but these solutions tend to be more effective over the long term than simply removing the wild animal.
Trapping and relocating an animal is not as humane as you might think and is often illegal. Plus, if all you do is remove the animal without eliminating what is attracting that animal, another will come along and a similar conflict will reoccur.
Find a solution
Check out PAWS’ fact sheets on different wild birds and wild mammals who are most commonly involved in conflicts. The fact sheets provide information about the animals’ natural behavior, and how to avoid or address common conflicts with them.
We also have information on conflicts between pets and wildlife and effective solutions. Don’t forget these wildlife dos and don'ts for quick tips on living in harmony with your wild neighbors.
Talk to a wildlife expert
If you are having a wildlife problem, and need help to determine the best course of action, contact PAWS Wildlife Center at 425.412.4040, and our experienced staff members will be happy to help you find an effective and humane approach to your problem.