Exclusion is the best policy in preventing bats from gaining entrance into buildings. It isn't always easy though, because of their size. Bats can squeeze through cracks as narrow as an inch wide. Some of their preferred entrances are in older frame structures where boards are loose or have shrunk. They may also enter houses through loose vents, eaves, spaces around water pipes, electrical outlets, corrugated roofing, doors or windows.
If you're certain the noises in your attic are being made by bats, wait for them to leave, then seal the entrances before they return. Unfortunately, you will need to do the work at night when bats depart for their nightly feeding forays. It's also wise to do this in the fall after the young have learned to fly. Or, wait until the winter when many bats have migrated south.
- Caulking cracks is most effective if applied during dry weather when cracks are widest.
- Weather-stripping, which seals spaces around doors and windows, is also effective in repairing cracks.
- Never handle a bat that appears sick or wounded.
Bats can be helpful in your neighborhood because they consume a lot of insects and usually do not pose a health threat to humans. More information from Colorado Parks and Wildlife regarding bats.
BIRD FALLEN OUT OF NEST
In cases where newly hatched birds have fallen from their nest, return them to the nest if you can do so safely. Or, place them on a high branch to keep them away from pets. Keep in mind that when young birds begin to fly, they often spend time on the ground before they perfect their flying skills. If this appears to be the case, leave them alone and let them learn.
Make sure you do not contribute to resident bears becoming "garbage" bears. Most conflicts between bears and people are linked to careless handling of food or garbage. Don't let your carelessness cause the unnecessary death of a bear. Learn to live responsibly with wildlife! Black bears will eat almost anything. They will eat human food, garbage, hummingbird food, and pet and livestock food when available. Once a bear has found the easily accessible, consistent food source that human settlements can offer, it may overcome its wariness of people and visit regularly, increasing the chance of a human/bear encounter. You and your neighbors can make a difference. Your actions may prevent the unnecessary death of a bear. More information from Colorado Parks and Wildlife regarding bears.
Coyotes provide an enjoyable wildlife viewing experience, however, keep your distance and do not approach the animals. However, you must be aware that coyotes will kill and eat domestic cats and dogs. Leash your dogs. Retractable leashes are not recommended. Don't leave pet food outside, as problems may result. Keep cats inside, or in a six-sided cat "play area" while outside. Store your garbage in a garage or shed. Put trash out only on the morning of trash collection, not the night before. Clean your garbage cans regularly to reduce residual odors. More information from Colorado Parks and Wildlife on coyotes.
Fox will not attack dogs or children, but sometimes if the fox is hungry enough, it may go after cats. By and large, however, foxes seem to pay little heed to adult cats recognizing that they are dealing with an animal that is almost their size and certainly one that has a well-deserved reputation for self-defense. Kittens, however, could be easy prey for a fox, as might small adult cats.
Occasionally, fox make their dens under decks, patios or outbuildings:
- Roll rags into a tight ball and tie with twine. These should be the size of a tennis ball. Soak these in ammonia. Throw the ammonia balls in the entrance hole of the den.
- Anything with a human scent will alarm the foxes as well. Trying putting smelly sweat socks or old sneakers around the area where the fox come and go.
- Place "scare balloons" mounted about 2 to 3 feet off the ground just outside the entrance to the den.
- Bang on the top of the den with a shovel, making as much noise as possible.
- Place a radio, tuned to a talk program, at the main entrance of the den.
- Slowly, over a period of days, destroy the den in increments.
More information regarding fox visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife webpage.
Geese are attracted to areas with open water and large expanses of grass such as golf courses, parks and large apartment complexes. The problem is most noticeable during winter when large numbers of migrating geese join year-round residents. Human conflicts with geese sometimes arise because the changes that humans have made to a plot of land have attracted more geese than would naturally congregate there. In these cases, we can reduce human conflicts with geese simply by returning some of the natural features to the landscape. Modifying a landscape to minimize human conflict with geese means more than simply adjusting its existing features. To reduce the number of geese using a site you must replace the features that are attracting the geese with features that are less appealing to them.
- DO NOT FEED THE GEESE. Feeding compounds the overpopulation problem and invites disease. Efforts to frighten geese away can be thwarted if neighbors are feeding the geese next door or across the lake. If geese are being fed in the area, you might as well give up trying to scare them away.
If you are wishing to report an animal that is in a life threatening situation today, please call (303) 651-8500. For non-emergency information regarding animal related issues you may call (303) 651-8500 or email Animal Control.