Living near intrusive neighbors can be a challenge. Especially when they howl in the middle of the night, slither through your yard, chew on your house and steal your food.

Wildlife neighbors certainly can present problems at times.

When you think of wildlife you might like to see in your backyard, you probably imagine rabbits, gray squirrels, hummingbirds, songbirds and butterflies.

But it is not uncommon to see bats, armadillos, skunks, raccoons, opossums, red foxes, coyotes and deer in suburban areas.

Some of these species – namely raccoons, opossums, foxes and coyotes – can even live within big cities. Birds of prey, such as red-tailed hawks and American kestrels, and even the occasional wild turkey can be drawn to your yard.

Other guests such as snakes may also think your backyard is a good living space.

Home-owners may feel concerned that wildlife carry diseases.

While certain diseases such as rabies and canine distemper can be carried by wildlife and transferred to people and pets, it is unusual to encounter diseased wildlife.

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TheQuestion

We are the intrusive neighbors, not the local wildlife. We’ve destroyed vast amounts of their natural habitats for our comfort and convenience.

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