Letter: Food for thought about animals

It is a reoccurring problem in neighborhoods that people come into conflict with wildlife, such as raccoons, when they raid garbage cans. More often than not, the animals are killed.

It doesn’t have to work this way.

One way of avoiding conflict with animals is to leave pet food indoors. Leaving pet food outdoors will attract animals such as raccoons or skunks, which, in turn, might end up raiding your garbage. Secondly, if you see a wild animal in your back yard, don’t feed it or give it handouts. This will cause the animal to lose its natural fear of humans, and will begin to associate your home with an easy source of food.

It may also be a good idea to make an artificial home for owls. This will help keep chipmunks, rabbits, and mice out of your garden. Should all else fail, contact animal control, and have them relocate the animal. This way, we can help ensure that people can live in harmony with wildlife.

Thomas Miller Huffman, Lima


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