If you think you've seen
a wolf or wild dog, it's probably a coyote. These highly adaptable creatures flourish
throughout North America in any season, any altitude and any climate. Coyotes
are nocturnal but have been known to hunt by day. They are omnivorous, meaning
it will eat everything from your vegetable garden to your family pet.
lone coyote is more likely afraid of you than vice-versa. But beware! Although
closely related and known to breed with domestic dogs, coyotes are not to be messed
with. If you see one, call your local authorities.
the thousands of people bit each year by venomous snakes, less than 20 victims
die. In the warm weather months, snakes emerge from hibernation. Snakes are most
often seen in the spring when they bask on rocks, tree stumps or the swimming
pool deck to be noticed by a mate. The rest of the time, though, snakes will usually
stay out of sight.
But if you're one of those people who just hate snakes,
there are steps you can take to keep them away from your home. Snakes occupy a
variety of habitats including ponds, streams, wetlands, forests, fields and rocky
areas. As such, you can keep them away from your home by removing potential shelters:
cracks, woodpiles, shrubs, dense patches of flowers.
If they live in cracks
or crevices, ammonia or mothballs may drive them out temporarily so you can seal
up their home. If the snake is actually in your house, it most likely wandered
in by accident. As eager as you are to get rid of the snake, it's probably equally
as anxious to leave. There's little food and too many humans. It will probably
avoid common living areas, opting for your cellar or crawlspace. If it's a smaller
snake, you can lure it out with a heating pad or warm damp towels and trap it
with a glue trap. Once captured, you can release it from the glue trap with any
lubricant. If you have reason to believe it's poisonous, call your local authorities.
If you're fortunate (or unfortunate depending on your
view) enough to live in rural areas in or near the forests of North America, you
may encounter a bear. Black bears are the ones you'll most likely see. It's doubtful
you'll ever encounter a Grizzly unless you're in Alaska or Canada. Store your
garbage in bear-proof containers or in your freezer until pick-up day. Keep barbeque
grills clean and free of grease. If possible, store them inside in a garage or
a shed. Bird feeders also attract bears so if you have one, take them in at dusk.
A Handy Checklist
Now let's take a look at some important
points to remember...
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