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Living and recreating in Utah means we share our environment with wildlife. Download a copy of our brochure below for tips on how to avoid conflicts with wildlife that you can share with friends, family and neighbors.
As people who live and recreate in Utah, you are in a unique position to make a real difference for wildlife. What you do really does matter.
Human development and recreation in wildlife habitat can create conflict between people and animals. When wild animals come into your yard or neighborhood, they have simply found something they need for survival such as food, water or shelter.
Minimizing conflicts is more effective when the entire neighborhood works together. Prevention is the first step!
Remove attractants around your property:
- Restrict wildlife’s access to attractants by fencing gardens, compost piles and ponds.
- Install chimney caps and close off crawl spaces.
- Secure trash in a container with a locking lid or put your trash out on the morning of pick up.
- Pick up fallen fruit and ripened vegetables.
- Trim vegetation around your yard to reduce hiding places.
- As a deterrent, install outdoor lighting, motion-sensitive lighting and noise makers around your property.
- Supervise pets when they are outside and keep them secured inside at night.
- Remove bird feeders. (Or if you want a bird feeder, only feed during the winter and keep fallen seed picked up).
Hike and Camp with Safety in Mind
- Stay alert at dawn and dusk when wildlife is most active.
- Always hike, jog or bike with a companion and make noise to alert wildlife of your presence.
- Keep children safe when hiking. Keep them within the group or in sight ahead of your group.
- Keep pets supervised and under control.
- Stay away from animal carcasses. There could be an unseen predator guarding its prey.
- Stay on designated trails.
- Secure food and trash in odor-free, bear-proof containers.
- Keep food and strong smelling toiletries 100 yards away from your sleeping area.
- Do not leave pet food or dishes outside.
- Do not put trash in the fire pit and do not burn it.
Utah is home to an abundance of wildlife. It can be exciting to see wildlife, but remember to observe from a safe distance.
- Always give the animal a clear escape route.
- Do not crowd the animal, doing so could make the animal stressed and unpredictable.