6 Animals You May Encounter in Your Backyard (and What To Do About it) (2022)

Nature is an uncontrollable enigma. Although we might try our hardest to wish away bad weather, or keep invasive plants from growing in our gardens, the natural world holds a trump card over all of us … and we just have to accept it. One of the most unpredictable elements of the natural world comes in the form of wildlife. You know what we mean, the squirrel who insists on dropping all his nutshells on your car window, the woodpecker who has made the windowsill outside your bedroom his new favorite pecking place. But what can you do?

We can build fences all we want, but that’s not going to keep those woodland creatures away. All we can do is sit back and enjoy the creatures that share our world with us. They do have their redeeming moments after all.

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Check out these wild creatures who have no qualms with making your yard their home.

1. Feisty Foxes

Though foxes are typically pretty wary of people, the lure of easily accessible food found in neighborhoods draws them close to our homes. Pet food, garbage, and other food sources are a serious draw for these adorable animals. So, it is not uncommon for them to be regularly sighted near U.S. houses.

Though foxes won’t normally mess with full-grown pets, kittens and very small pets (usually less than 5 pounds) should be kept away from these sly animals. It’s always best to keep a close eye on your pets, even if they’re just going for a stroll in the backyard;an encounter with wildlife can be dangerous for both parties involved.

There is no way to keep these animals out of your backyard indefinitely, but if you spot one too close for comfort,making loud noiseswill typically make themrun off. If you don’t mind having these super cute animals hanging around, sit back and get your phone ready to catch any adorable shenanigans they may get into.

2. Stealthy Raccoon

Raccoons can be found in neighborhoods across the country. With their dexterous little hands, these animals are well equipped for stealing cat food … and whatever else catches their fancy. These animals are nocturnal, so are usually only seen at night. Like foxes, the draw of pet food and garbage is too much for these little guys to stay away.

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If you aren’t fond of having these backyard burglars around, there are some tips and tricks to follow. First, don’t leave pet food outside. Second, get garbage cans with locking lids. If raccoons are digging up your yard (for worms and other delicious bugs), you can try using a humanehot sauce repellenton the spots.

Though it is tempting, don’t feed the raccoons in your backyard. Your neighbors probably wouldn’t bethrilled, and getting them accustomed to human contact could lead to a potentially dangerous situation.

If you love raccoons as much as we do, then you probably have an appreciation for their mischievous nature. Who knows what kind of trouble they will get themselves into! Just remember, don’t try and pet them! Let them go about their business (as strange as it may be) with as little human contact as possible.

3. Dainty Deer

Any neighborhood that is near a wooded area is going to have the chance for some deer visitors. Though their habitat has been greatly taken over by our “urban sprawl,” these white-tailed deer are doing just fine adapting. Plants, such as tulips, are an ideal snack for these adorable creatures, so they are more apt to wander into our gardens.

Unfortunately, many feel that the best way to deal with deer coming into “our” neighborhoods is by killing them. According to the Humane Society of the United States(HSUS), killing deer as a “solution” is ashort-term, inhumane,andineffectiveapproach at best. Instead, we should learn to live with these wonderful animals. By changing what we plant in our gardens, we should have no issue sharing our backyards with these cute (and fun to watch) creatures.

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4. The Moose

All you northern U.S. (and Canada) folks are probably quite familiar with moose. These incredible creatures are much bigger than the deer the rest of the U.S. is used to seeing; they are also much less common. However, urban sprawl also contributes to some unwanted moose-human interactions. Luckily, due to their large size and docile nature, people are more respectful of theirmoosevisitors. This has allowed them to successfully navigate between wilderness and backyards with minimal issue.

If you are excited about seeing these animals on a regular basis, HSUS recommends creating an “urban sanctuary.” Your backyard can become a place that seems comfortable for these animals, encouraging them to stop by. But as with all wildlife, be sure to keep a safe distance from these animals and don’t feed them! You remember what happens when you give a moose a muffin

5. Alligator

If you live in Florida, you are familiar with the alligator, the state’s favorite backyard reptile! Anyone who lives, or has lived, in Florida knows that alligators are regular a part of life. In fact, it is said that these scaly creatures can be found “in every body of water in southern Florida.” Seeing that the people of Florida have turned much of the alligator’s natural habitat into housing and other developments, you can spot these reptiles in some pretty unusual places. Golf courses, for example, are always chock full of these awesome creatures.

If an alligator makes its way into your yard or decides that a game of “ding-dong-ditch” is appropriate, don’t try and handle the situation yourself. Alligators are incredibly fast and won’t hesitate to bite. If an alligator has made its way too close to your home for comfort, call a local animal control office. These offices, especially in Florida, are used to removing such large and dangerous animals.

People who live in places where alligators are common should also be sure to keep pets inside at all times unless you are outside with them keeping on close watch.

6. Opossum

Opossums are the only marsupials in the U.S., however, they have somehow gained a bit of a bad reputation. These adorable animals (though, not everyone will agree with that description) can be found all across the U.S. Like raccoons, opossums are all about eating cat food that is left outside for pets, but unlike their bandit counterparts, opossums won’t tip over your garbage cans or dig up the yard.

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No need to scream and run when you see anopossum on your back porch. This nocturnal animal is probably more scared of you than you are of them. Plus, unlike other backyard animals, opossums can help your garden. According to HSUS, opossums commonly eat snails, slugs, insects, and even small rodents. This helps keep your garden pest-free (naturally).

These animals aren’t there to cause you any harm, but they don’t want to be played with either. Make sure to leave visiting opossums alone. They will be moving along on their way in a short time anyways!

Loving Our Neighbors … From a Distance

We share our world with animals of all shapes and sizes. Having animal visitors shouldn’t be something we try to stop. Instead, we should embrace their visits and appreciate the beauty of nature.

NOTE: As an important note, do not try to help wildlife of any sort unless you are trained. Find a local wildlife rehabber/rescuer or veterinarian ASAP, or call a rescue hotline.

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What organisms can you find in your backyard? ›

Some of the most common arthropods you would see in North America include various flies, beetles (including ladybugs), spiders, roly-polies, grasshoppers, centipedes, millipedes, earwigs, ants, butterflies, wasps, crickets and many others. You might also have seen snails and slugs (which belong to the Mollusca phylum).

What can be found in garden? ›

Natural elements present in a garden principally comprise flora (such as trees and weeds), fauna (such as arthropods and birds), soil, water, air and light.

What other animals you may find in a field? ›

Animals that live in meadow habitats in Northern America and Europe include bees and other pollinating insects, mice, voles, rabbits, fox, deer, snakes, many bird species including hawks, flinches, meadowlarks and many others.

Can you name five living things that live in around your house? ›

Answer: like cat,dog,cow,goat and sheep etc.....

Why are animals attracted to my house? ›

Wild animals may be drawn to your home because of smells. This could be the smells of food cooking or just any unnatural smell that may entice an animal in.

Which of these is an uninvited animals in our house? ›

Ans . Uninvited animals in our house are spiders , cockroach , rats , lizard etc.

What should you do if you encounter a fox? ›

If you encounter a fox or coyote who does not immediately run away, make some noise. Yell, clap your hands, wave your arms, stomp your feet—make your presence felt, but do not approach or chase the animal. You can also carry a whistle, or other noisemaker when walking in known coyote or fox areas.

What animal should you not run from? ›

Running away is a bad plan if you find yourself toe-to-toe with a grizzly, black or any other type of bear. While bears rarely attack, they are wild animals and therefore unpredictable.

What animal should you not look in the eye? ›

If you encounter an aggressive lion, stare him down. But not a leopard; avoid his gaze at all costs. In both cases, back away slowly; don't run.

Is it OK to let dog lick baby? ›

It's not ok for dogs to lick babies. Aside from the potential hazardous bacteria in dog saliva that can harm weak baby immune systems, licking can also be a sign of a dog asserting dominance over the small human baby, which could lead to aggression.

Why should we careful with animals? ›

Any animal can bite, scratch, kick, or otherwise injure you, even if you did nothing to provoke it. Animals are often frightened of humans, trying to protect their territory or their young. Some diseases cause an animal to behave aggressively toward people, even if it had previously been friendly.

What is a garden for Class 3? ›

A garden is an organized plot of land next to a house. It is set aside for growing new plants, shrubs, herbs, flowers, fruits, trees, etc. A garden can consist of natural as well as artificial materials.

What is flower garden called? ›

A flower garden or floral garden is any garden or part of a garden where plants that flower are grown and displayed.

What are the most common animals in that habitat? ›

The 10 Most Common Urban Animals
  • of 10. Rats and Mice. Warwick Sloss/Nature Picture Library/Getty Images. ...
  • of 10. Pigeons. Luis Emilio Villegas Amador/EyeEm/Getty Images. ...
  • of 10. Cockroaches. Joshua Tinkle/EyeEm/Getty Images. ...
  • of 10. Raccoons. ...
  • of 10. Squirrels. ...
  • of 10. Rabbits. ...
  • of 10. Bedbugs. ...
  • of 10. Red Foxes.
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What animal live in trees? ›

There are many animals that are tree-dwelling. Some animals that live in trees are tree kangaroos, birds, squirrels, koalas, flying foxes, and primates like orangutans and chimps.

What are 20 examples of living things? ›

20 example of living things:

Birds, insects, animals, trees, groups of people,Plants,Mammals,Mosses,Reptiles,Bacteria,cat,dog , Elephant,bees,cow,buffalow.

What are 10 examples of living things? ›

List of 10 living things
  • Human beings.
  • Plants.
  • Insects.
  • Mammals.
  • Mosses.
  • Animals.
  • Reptiles.
  • Bacteria.

Why are babies attracted to me? ›

They feel a kinship, a connection, a feeling of goodness that makes them want to talk to that person, or be around that person. It is a wonderful, heartwarming connection that is all about unconditional love, which is why children feel it so strongly.

Why do dogs come to me? ›

Dogs naturally enjoy human companionship and they are attracted to us for so many reasons. Dogs may love you because you have an upbeat personality, the way you smell, because you're not intimidating, they enjoy your tone, you provide food, you are inviting, they are curious about you, and many more reasons.

Do dogs sense when you're sick? ›

“If a person is infected with a virus or bacteria, they will smell different.” Some illnesses change a person's odor so profoundly that even other people can notice it, but dogs are able to smell changes in their people that would escape human senses, or that are so early on that the sick person barely feels any ...

Which animal do we keep at home answer? ›

Explanation: Many of the animals that we keep in our house that are Dogs and cats .

What are the unwanted animals called? ›

The animals or creatures that are harmful in nature and can destroy or harm people or the products such as furniture, crops, wild-stock are called Pests. They are uninvited animals.

Which animal you Cannot touch? ›

12. Write the names of the animals.
You have touchedYou have not touched but you can touchYou cannot touch
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What to do if you encounter a coyote? ›

If you're approached by a coyote, make and keep eye contact with the animal, leash any dogs or pick up smaller dogs, and make some noise. Yell, wave your arms, throw something at the coyote to get it to go away. If it doesn't, leave calmly. Report aggressive or extremely fearless coyotes.

What to do if you see a coyote? ›

If you see a coyote during the daytime, you should exhibit caution, as that coyote may have become habituated to humans (and may be more likely to attack). If you are approached by a coyote, you should yell, wave your arms, and/or throw something at the coyote (do not run away).

What happens if a fox bites you? ›

Fox bites are painful and can get infected if they are not cleaned properly. Since the pests are known carriers of several diseases, including rabies, their bites also carry the threat of transmission.

Should I run from a bear? ›

“Know what to do when you see a bear. NEVER run from a bear. Don't approach a bear – just quietly move away and leave the area. However, if a black bear does approach you, make yourself look big, make loud noises, clap your hands, and continue to back away.”

What to do if you encounter a wolf? ›

Stand tall and make themselves look larger. Calmly but slowly back away and maintain eye contact. If the wolf does not run away immediately, continue making yourself large, keeping eye contact, and backing away. Do not turn your back on the wolf or run away.

What to do if you encounter a bear? ›

Remain still; stand your ground but slowly wave your arms. Help the bear recognize you as a human. It may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better look or smell. A standing bear is usually curious, not threatening.

What if you stare at a lion? ›

That's just how the lions feel. Even with full tummies and half-closed eyes, they are still monitoring their territory. When you suddenly appear and stare at them as if you claim that territory, it will surely annoy them, and they might decide to chase you away or attack.

What to do if a lion sees you? ›

Rory Young, a Safari Guide, has this to say: If you see stalking indications then raise your arms above your head and wave them and most importantly SHOUT YOUR HEAD OFF. If you have something in your hand then throw it at the lion. Even if the lion charges you do not run.

Can a human fight a lion? ›

But to that question, the answer is “no.” If you change the question to: “Can a single, average-sized, athletic man armed with a primitive spear and minimal training defeat a lion, tiger, or bear in a fight?” the answer would be yes. He can, but it's certainly not assured. A tremendous amount of luck would be required.

Are plants organisms? ›

Plants are one of the two major groups of living organisms that are an essential entity to the function of the biosphere. Plants can be found in all known parts of the earth, in all shapes and sizes. They include the green algae, mosses, ferns, vines, grasses, bushes, herbs, flowering plants and trees.

Is my backyard an ecosystem? ›


Here, living things, like plants and animals, interact with non-living elements, including water, rocks, soil, and temperature. Every portion of the ecosystem influences everything else. An ecosystem exists within a larger area called a biome.

What are 3 examples of Commensalism? ›

Examples of Commensalism

Tree frogs use plants as protection. Golden jackals, once they have been expelled from a pack, will trail a tiger to feed on the remains of its kills. Goby fish live on other sea animals, changing color to blend in with the host, thus gaining protection from predators.

Is a tree an animal? ›

Plants are green. They live using sunlight, carbon dioxide, and nutrients, making their own food through the process of photosynthesis. In contrast, animals live by eating other organisms (plants, animals, bacteria, or even bits and pieces of dead organisms).

Do plants feel pain? ›

Given that plants do not have pain receptors, nerves, or a brain, they do not feel pain as we members of the animal kingdom understand it. Uprooting a carrot or trimming a hedge is not a form of botanical torture, and you can bite into that apple without worry.

Do plants have brains? ›

Short answer: no. Plants have no brain or central nervous system, which means they can't feel anything. But let's dive a bit deeper. Humans and animals perceive pain through sensory nerve cells.

What are 10 examples of producers? ›

10 Examples Of Producers In The Ocean
  • Phytoplankton.
  • Seaweed.
  • Algae.
  • Rhodophyta.
  • Brown Algae.
  • Sea Lettuce.
  • Cladophora.
  • Diatoms.

Why do more birds visit a garden that has lots of insects? ›

Birds devour insects because bugs provide the critical amounts of fat, protein and potassium that birds need to maintain their high metabolism level.

What are the 5 food chains? ›

Here are the five trophic levels:
  • Level 1: Plants (producers)
  • Level 2: Animals that eat plants or herbivores (primary consumers)
  • Level 3: Animals that eat herbivores (secondary consumers, carnivores)
  • Level 4: Animals that eat carnivores (tertiary consumers, carnivores)

What are 5 examples of parasitism? ›

Examples of parasites include mosquitoes, mistletoe, roundworms, all viruses, ticks, and the protozoan that causes malaria.

Do orchids harm trees? ›

Orchids do not harm the trees they grow in. Their roots stay on the bark of the tree; they do not take water or nutrients from the tree.

What is class 10 food chain example? ›

The food chain is a linear sequence of organisms where nutrients and energy is transferred from one organism to the other. This occurs when one organism consumes another organism. It begins with the producer organism, follows the chain and ends with the decomposer organism.

Who eats who? ›

Who Eats Who? | Teresa Heapy - YouTube

What is a food chain give an example of it Class 5? ›

The definition of a food chain is a system where a small animal is the food for a larger animal which, in turn, is the food for an even larger animal. An example of food chain is a fly being eaten by a frog and then the frog is eaten by a larger animal.

Look around Molly's backyard to see what's living there beside plants, then learn more about backyard animal life you might not usually see.

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Yard work can be overwhelming at times, but there are ways to naturally cultivate a low-maintenance, creature-friendly space. Turning your property into a wildlife sanctuary of sorts will provide you with years of enjoyment—not to mention the wonderful service you will be...

Birds often eat insects in the spring to feed their young, and they can also turn your yard into a bird watching paradise.. To attract insect-eating birds, hang suet cakes from a tree, balcony, or bird feeder.. To keep the bats hanging around, manufactured bat houses can be purchased at hardware or garden supply stores, or you can also make your own.. Not only are they a food source for larger animals, they also help keep pest insect populations under control.. Frogs need water to survive, so place your frog shelter near a pond, stream, or other water source.

Black Bears may wander into people's yards sometimes. So in this articles we'll discuss what to do if you see a black bear in your yard.

Double bagging your trash will keep Black bears out of your yard.. For those bird lovers, we created a list of helpful tips to still draw birds to your home.. Birds are always looking for water sources.. Birds are always looking for safe places to build their nests.. If you want to keep them out of your backyard you might need to remove any fruit trees or plant/move them to as far away from your home as possible.. Black bear and human encounters can happen within their range, especially in states with a higher population of black bears .


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