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Milwaukee Animal Control – Keep Coyotes out of Your Yard


Of all the wildlife that could find their way onto your property, coyotes are among the least desirable. Wildlife experts and pretty much anyone who’s had a close encounter with coyotes will tell you that they are best admired from afar. If you’re living in or around Milwaukee this is advice you need to heed. Milwaukee animal control teams have been dealing with an increasing number of coyote calls and this is understandable since many cities are experiencing a boom in coyote presence and activity.

Coyotes instinctively become timid in human presence. When coyotes become accustomed to humans, as is usually the case when they migrate into towns and cities, they can become aggressive. On a positive note though, coyotes help to control rodent populations as they feed on these animals.

What Attracts Coyotes to your Milwaukee Property?


When wildlife animals migrate into human-occupied spaces, it is usually due to a number of different factors. For one, wildlife animals are driven from their natural habitats by human activities such as the extension of towns and cities and deforestation. In addition to being forced out of shrinking habitats, many wildlife animals are also attracted by the food options provided in urban areas. Like other wildlife animals, coyotes are also attracted to properties when they detect the availability of food.

Eliminating Coyote Attractions from your Property


According to wildlife expert and lead author on the Milwaukee County Coyote Management plan, Marcus Mueller, ‘Homeowners can take many steps to reduce the risk of conflict with coyotes. The first step is to remove the attractants that bring them in the first place. This includes food, water, and shelter resources’ Coyotes eat almost everything. This means that the list of things to remove from your premises to avoid attracting them will be extensive. You can start by ensuring that garbage is disposed of promptly and kept in bins that are locked to prevent coyote access. The bins should also be too heavy or sturdy for coyotes to topple over. Fruits account for about 20% of a coyote’s diet so you should remove any fruit that may be on your property. This means if you have fruit trees, you will have to be vigilant to ensure that all fruits that fall to the ground are removed. Since coyotes love to eat rodents, you would also get wildlife control experts to handle any rodent infestation that may be occurring on your property.

Professional Protection From Coyote Invasion


Even after you have eliminated coyote attractions from your property, encounters with the animal are still possible. This is where the experts come into the picture. Animal control services in Milwaukee can help you to with professional installation of deterrent tools to keep coyotes off your premises. One such tool is a coyote exclusion fence. This fence will run deep enough underground to prevent the animal from tunnelling beneath the fence to gain an entrance to your yard. It will also be high enough to prevent the coyotes from jumping or climbing over it.

Another effective coyote deterrent that your Skedaddle technician can help with is the installation of sensor lights. The light comes on as coyotes prowl around in the night, startling the animals which usually results in them scampering away. We can also install sensor activated sprinklers which have a similar effect. Once we have these prevention strategies in place, you rest easy knowing that your property is protected from the threat of coyotes.

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About the author:Marcus is the owner and operator of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control – Milwaukee. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Marcus combines the academic training (M.S. Wildlife Biology, UW Madison) with the field training and skills to be successful in resolving wildlife conflict for home and business owners.

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