By Jamie Fazzalore-Truelove, Lower Makefield Township Animal Control Officer
If you live in Lower Makefield Township, you live with wildlife – the furry creatures that live among us: under our decks, around our sheds and bushes, as well as those that run in front of our cars while driving through the township.
Even though some may want to rid LMT of all of the creatures among us, that is not a feasible solution, nor something we want. We need these animals, and need to learn how to co-exist with them. They help propagate plant life, rid our lawns and neighborhoods of unwanted and damaging insects and pests. In short, they help to insure the balance of nature and biodiversity in our midst.
In my time as ACO I have heard all kinds of stories and complaints: “my dog smells like a skunk,” “squirrels are tearing apart my birdfeeders,” “there is some kind of Yardley Yeti-looking thing on my deck.” Truth be told, if we take necessary measures, we can limit our contact with wildlife. Part of my job is to educate the public in coexisting with our furry friends, as opposed to getting rid of them.
Here are some quick tips for the most common encounters:
Leave them be. Mom only feeds twice a day and you wont see her. If the eyes are open and the ears are up, they are big enough to be on their own. Keep kids and pets away.
Leave them be. Mom only feeds twice a day and you won’t see her. Fawns will not move for the first 2 days. Only call non-emergency number if fawn is bleeding. Keep kids and pets away.
Skunks, Raccoons, Possums
Never touch or approach. If injured, call non-emergency number.
Put back in nest if possible. Most fledglings stay on ground for one to two days while learning to fly, mom should still be feeding them.