Coyotes, deer, rabbits, skunks, geese and a plethora of other critters continually make Fox Point and Bayside backyards their buffet table, or even their home.
In an effort to help community leaders fielding phone calls from concerned residents, the Humane Society of the United States has published a new, free guide, "Living With Wild Neighbors," that offers suggestions on how to manage many nuisance critters.
Bayside has a long history of residents haring their yards with coyotes, and many people losing their small pets to them.
"There has been a dramatic increase in the number of pets that have gone missing," "Something is killing these animals. If there indeed is a larger population of coyotes on the North Shore, should something be done? What if a child or your pet falls victim?"
With the right next door to Bayside, Capt. Scott McConnell with Bayside Police said it's a haven for deer and coyotes. But to try and divert the coyotes from local yards they frequent, he tried A few weeks later though, McConnell said there were just as many coyote sightings.
Maggie Brasted is a wildlife policy associate with The HSUS and said in a press release that a user-friendly resource is urgently needed by community leaders.
“People get frustrated with bits and pieces of sometimes questionable information," she said. "What they need is comprehensive, but concise information on effective solutions – and that’s what this guide delivers.”
The guide specifically focuses on the most common concern critters like beavers, deer, coyotes and Canada geese. The HSUS website has additional information to support residents and leaders living with other animals like bears, raccoons, skunks, woodchucks, foxes and rabbits.