Mice, and now rats, skunks, raccoons, beavers, coyotes….can all be problematic when they invade our property, eat our gardens, kill our animals. However if you look around and count how many of them exist (except for the mice and rats please!) and how many of us there are, you’ll soon see that they’re having a lot more problems with us than we are with them. Still, that’s not the way my rabbits who got eaten by a skunk climbing up to their cages, see it.
Nor did our turkeys whose eggs got stolen repeatedly. So what are we to do? We tried live trapping them and take them elsewhere hoping they would survive without having to be trapped again, but they usually came back. We hate the thought of killing wild animals who naturally get attracted to the smell of barnyards but were getting to the point of considering it for we were completely out of ideas, and patience.
Luckily we’ve recently discovered there is a different way to do it, a way that works for the animals, and for us.
The solution consists of modifying the design of the property – sometimes even minor changes work – so that the animals considered pests cannot or will not come in what we consider our space. We met with a young man, Joe Abercrombie, who was moving beavers to a place where they would actually improve the terrain by minimizing fire dangers and protecting against floods, and found out that he’s now started a company called Humane Solutions, that helps people solve animal problems using humane solutions.
They now also offer property maintenance and design services so that anyone just starting out can avoid having animal problems. It seems to me that given that wildlife is in “catastrophic decline” according to research showing that wildlife populations have fallen by more than 66% over the last 50 years, we need to find new solutions that allow us to live with animals if we don’t want to meet the same fate of the unlucky 66% already gone.