Thursday, April 29, 2021

Phillip Elden: How To Protect Pets From Wildlife

Phillip Elden

As a wildlife conservationist, Phillip Elden talks a lot about how to protect native species. However, it’s also important to protect our pets from the animals that cohabitate in our spaces. Here, Elden answers a few quick questions on how to keep your furry friends safe. 
Q: Why is it important to keep our domestic animals away from wildlife? 
Phillip Elden: Domestic pets should be kept separate from animals, such as coyotes, opossums, and skunks. Not only are your pets vulnerable to being attacked, wild animals also carry diseases that your animal has been protected from. Having an understanding of how to keep your pets safe is crucial, particularly if you live in the suburbs or in a rural area. 
Q: When is the worst time for pets to go outside alone? 
Phillip Elden: Most wild animals are more active at dusk and dawn. Because of this, it’s typically best to ensure that your dog or cat is indoors from late evening until morning. If they must go out overnight for a bathroom break, use a leash, and keep them close by. 
Q: Do fences work? 
Phillip Elden: Yes, although having a fence or yard is not 100% foolproof. If you do choose to put a barrier around your property, make sure that it is at least 6 feet high. You also want to bury it approximately 12 to 18 inches underground. You can also add motion light sensors to scare wild animals away. 
Q: What are some general tips to keep our outdoors free of wild animals? 
Phillip Elden: One of the first things you should do is to eliminate food and water outside, particularly overnight or when your animal is indoors. Cleanup pet feces every single time your animal eliminates outside. If you live in an area where coyotes roam, you should know that they are territorial and will attempt to challenge any animals living on the property. Secure trash cans and keep a small bucket of rocks or sticks close to your back door so that you can throw these to scare off potential predators.