To minimize impacts, walk your lawn/field first, looking for signs of nesting or hiding wildlife. When starting to mow, begin in the middle and mow in circles, gradually moving outward so that escaping animals and birds can move outward through cover to safety. One thing that people can do to protect very young rabbits is to keep the weeds low all year, discouraging them from nesting in areas needing clean up each spring. For wildlife friendly yard and lawn maintenance tips, see: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/wildlife-friendly-mowing/ . In addition, carefully examine any burn piles left over winter for the presence of birds and small mammals. Setting piles on fire can lead to major injuries and death for many small animals or birds. Reinforce fences around chicken houses Make gardens/orchards less attractive WR&R recommends a variety of methods to discourage critters from denning/nesting around one’s home early in the spring. referenceMake your home and property unattractive to wildlife. Don’t leave cat or dog food outside. Critter proof your chicken house.
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