Fall wildlife message: a little bit of sensationalism, a little bit of truth

A Vancouver fencing company is offering some sound advice regarding wildlife to residents, even if it is couched in a bit of sensationalism.

In a press release distributed via MarketWired.com, QS Fencing reminded residents that wildlife families are on the move this time of year, and it’s an appropriate time to check your home (and fencing) for damage that animals can exploit.

"This is a high risk time for wildlife encounters," said a “company representative” in the release. "As animals start preparing for winter, they will be searching for food, and the lure of scraps and edible garbage can bring bears, skunks, raccoons, and deer closer to neighborhoods and homes.

"Look for any holes or erosion at the base of your fence,” the release continued. “Check fasteners and holders on metal gates. Make sure they are secure and line up, so nothing can squeeze through. If you do notice something that needs attention, contact a fence repair expert."

This is advice we support, and it is advice that’s echoed by our friend Brad Gates of AAA Gates’ Wildlife Control: maintain your home, do seasonal checks, and contact a reputable, humane professional if you need help.

Of course, what’s a press release without a bit of sensationalism?

“Although most animals are skittish and pose little threat, there can be altercations, particularly when children are present,” the company wrote.

They had us right up until the “think of the children” moment. But that’s ok – the bulk of the message is true: wild animals have learned to live with us. Isn’t it time we learned to live with them?

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