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Living with Wildlife

Living with Wildlife

Netting, fences, and exclosures can help protect your vegetation from pests. Various products have been developed to deter wildlife from grazing your garden. Keep brush mowed around the base of trees so rodents don’t girdle them. These small pests can be trapped and relocated. Select native landscape plants that are not preferred by wildlife. If you have poultry or livestock, you may be concerned about predators. Common predators in Benton County include bobcats, great horned owls, cougar, raccoons, coyote, fox, hawks and skunks. Smaller livestock need a sturdy enclosure to keep out predators. Guard llamas are sometimes used to protect sheep, goats and other livestock from predators. If you have pets, bring them in at night for their safety.

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