I See Urban Wildlife

Clean water is essential for protecting the health of people, livestock, fish and shellfish.  A watershed is an area of land where all of the water drains to a common point, such as Drayton Harbor, Birch Bay, Bellingham Bay, or Chuckanut Bay.  Activities in our watershed affect the water quality of streams, rivers, and bays.  Keeping wildlife wild is part of the solution to improving water quality in your community.

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They may look cute, but...

Larger than natural populations of wildlife, such as raccoons, are one of the possible sources of high bacteria levels in creeks. 

Human interactions with wildlife, like finding easy sources of food and shelters around homes, can increase their populations above natural levels. 

Larger populations lead to more poop and associated bacteria that can wash into our waterways.

And...wildlife stay healthier when they eat food they naturally find in the wild.

Be their Hero...
keep wildlife wild...
and help keep our creeks clean.

 

Raccoon Superhero

Wildlife Education

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Whatcom County Public Works staff are playing the Rascally Raccoons game with families at the 2018 Birch Bay Beach Fest & Feast. Players race to secure their house for raccoons by bungeeing trash cans closed, putting pet food inside and closing up crawls spaces where raccoons might make their dens.
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For more info... 

Whatcom County Raccoons and Water Quality Brochure

King County tips for removing a latrine: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/zoonotic/facts-resources/diseases-by-animal/raccoons/latrine.aspx 

https://wdfw.wa.gov/living/nuisance/ 

https://wdfw.wa.gov/living/raccoons.html#conflicts     

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-Wildlife Services offers free site visit consultations and a paid service to trap and remove problem raccoons.  They are nuisance wildlife control operators licensed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.   Contact the Wildlife Services District Office at 360-337-2778 for more information.