Birds and Dumpsters
One of the cardinal principles in wildlife damage management can be stated as, remove the food and you remove the animal. Too often however, people don’t take the few extra seconds to clean up spilled food, secure gates, or close dumpster lids.
You may be familiar with raccoons and dumpsters, but you should be familiar with the combination “birds and dumpsters”. Note the several magpies that are looking for food in this particular dumpster whose users failed to close the right lid. Don’t let this be you. Feeding unwanted wildlife will eventually lead to problems later on.
Bottom line: To reduce problems with wildlife, you have to remove the attractants that encourage their behavior and/or presence. As I always say, “If you build it, they will come. If you remove it, they will go.”
Stephen M. Vantassel specializes in helping people resolve conflicts with vertebrate animals.