LIVING WITH WILDLIFE

Living with Wildlife 2018-06-25T21:17:58+00:00

Congratulations! You are living in “nature’s neighborhood”!

Mt. Park is one of the earliest — if not the earliest — urban communities uniquely designed to incorporate nature as a shared community treasure. This means Mt. Park strives to maintain a healthy habitat for humans and the small array of wildlife that live in our natural areas. Our forest friends are viewed as a valued part of living in a vibrant natural setting.

While periodically wildlife behaviors can be problematic, most of the time native animal activities are completely harmless. Wildlife is just doing its best to survive in their limited habitat. Yet, sometimes wildlife needs human help. In Mt. Park we emphasize the benefits of “humans working with nature” to solve problems in ways that protect and replenish nature’s neighborhood. These “Living with Wildlife” webpages offer specific information about how we can all live happily with wildlife in our community.

Mt. Park offers the gold standard of optimal urban living. As evidence, researchers emphasize nature’s important contribution to human health.  We hope the following information provides residents with useful ideas about how to be good stewards of wildlife, effectively address problems, and continue making “nature’s neighbor” a treasure for all.

COYOTES IN LAKE OSWEGO

Thank you to the many residents for sharing their wildlife experience and providing some useful information. I have attached information you and your neighbors may find useful when dealing with coyotes and other urban wildlife.

Lake Oswego, like most communities across the country supports a population of coyotes that live mostly unnoticed and away from people. Coyotes are naturally curious, but are usually timid animals and normally will run away if challenged. Conflicts between coyotes, people, and pets are becoming an increasingly common problem in urban and suburban areas across the county and pose challenges for local municipalities.

Coyote hazing (Coyote Hazing Guidelines attached) has been used successfully in communities such as Denver, Colorado to reduce bold or aggressive behavior in coyotes (such as attacking pets, “escorting” behavior, and bold behavior toward people) in both individual coyotes and coyote family groups.

Coyotes should not feel comfortable around people or their homes. If you see a coyote in your neighborhood, you should do your best to make it feel unwelcome. You can discourage coyotes from hanging around your home by scaring coyotes off your property and by removing coyote attractants such as garbage, compost, outdoor pet food and habitat for rodents.

Conflicts between coyotes and people are extremely rare. There are hundreds of animal bites reported in Oregon every year; however only one nip has ever been attributed to a coyote. If a coyote behaves aggressively towards humans, this behavior should be reported immediately to the Lake Oswego Police Department at 503-635-0238.

The Public Information Office works with the Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Staff and the Humane Society of the United States, if a problem develops with wildlife living in Lake Oswego.

For additional information visit the Audubon Society of Portland website at www.audubonportland.org or call the Administration Offices at 503-292-6855.

Please take the opportunity to read the attached material with some useful information and share with neighbors who may also have an interest.

Diana Smith-Bouwer Public Information Office City of Lake Oswego

Coyote Hazing Guidelines

Coyote Management Fact Sheet

Preventing Conflicts with Coyotes

During spring breeding season animals search for sites to raise their young out of the reach of predators. In the fall, some look for places to spend the winter.

  • Evaluate your home and buildings for places an animal could enter. Don’t forget the eaves and attic—squirrels and raccoons like them. Skunks like to burrow under porches and woodpiles. Look at vents, drain pipes, and cracks in foundations where mice, rats, bats and snakes could enter.
  • Seal potential entryways with sturdy wire mesh or solid materials and caulk openings before animals move in. Screen foundation vents.
  • Cover window wells with chicken wire or heavy wire mesh or purchase commercially made grates or bubbles.
  • Screen chimneys, wood stove pipes, and furnace, attic and dryer vents. Chimney tops can be screened to prevent birds and animals from nesting inside. First, check with your local fire department or other safety resource to prevent fire and safety hazards. Close dampers when not in use to avoid drop-in guests.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Trapping and Exterminating Wildlife – Lake Oswego Council adopted November 18, 2008

The City does not permit wildlife to be trapped or exterminated on public property, except when a specific individual unduly threatens human safety or public property. The City also does not permit trapped animals to be released onto City-owned property. Trapping animals is not an effective tool for long-term management. State law generally prohibits the transport of fur-bearing animals from one location to another. Trapped animals are often euthanized.

The City recognizes private property owners’ rights to trap and exterminate animals on their own property, as long as such activities conform to local, state, and federal law. The City encourages residents considering this step to consult appropriate authorities before taking any action that might violate state or federal wildlife laws.

Shhhhhh! We’re sleeping!

Above you is a bat box, constructed by Nick L. and Elliott N. from OES Class of 2018. These boxes can serve as a home for more than 100 bats each and prevent them from nesting in buildings or homes. A single brown bat can live to be 40 years old, and can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in an hour! Also, bat droppings (guano) are a better fertilizer than cow manure, and they also help with seed dispersion.

Please try to not disturb us!

For further information on bats, follow the links below:

Wildlife Viewing – Bats
7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Bats
Northwest Bats