Living with Wildlife

As human population grows, people and wildlife often find
themselves living in close proximity. When wildlife habitat and food and water
resources disappear, animal look for food and nest sites in homes and
garages. While it is a joy to watch these animals up close, they can
wreak havoc on gardens, houses, and often put themselves in harm’s way.  Join the Corvallis City Club at their March 10 meeting to learn more about living with and enjoying the wildlife we have in
our own backyards and neighborhoods.
Nancy Taylor, an Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
biologist, will provide information about how to co-exist with wildlife, from
cougars to turkeys and rabbits to rats. Ms. Taylor has 25 years of experience
in the field and is currently based in Adair. Jeff Picton, Executive Director
of Chintimini Wildlife Center, will share tips and advice for dealing with
orphaned and injured wildlife, a timely topic as spring approaches. Mr. Picton also
has 25 years of experience serving his wildlife patients since he began
Chintimini Wildlife Center in 1989.  
The City Club meets in the Les Schwab Gym at the Boys & Girls Club, 1112 NW Circle. The meeting will begin at 12 noon, and doors will open at 11:30.  As always, attendance is free. A buffet lunch will be catered by Qdoba with vegetarian and gluten-free options. The cost is $10 for members, $12 for non-members. To register, send e-mail to with “City Club March 10” in the subject line by March 7.

2 Responses to “Living with Wildlife”

  1. Mark S

    This City Club meeting was my first, and it was great. The topic of coexisting with wildlife is near & dear (pardon the pun) to me.

    I happen to be luckier than many residents, as my backyard sports 8ft deer fencing and my cultivated space is pretty well protected. However, I know I will be contending with other furry friends throughout this growing season (my first at this location).

    The concept there will be strategies I can employ, perhaps in coordination with neighbors when they're willing, reminds me to be creative in problem solving.


  2. Anna Sontag

    I like your perspective, Mark — the idea of neighborhoods coming together to be resources for each other, for the neighborhood, and for community well being is dear (pun !?) to my heart.

    And for example I like the idea of neighborhoods or the community coming together to make barriers against critters in gardens easier to access.

    My big idea is neighborhoods becoming elder living communities, taking away fences, making wheel chair accessible paths, organic accessible gardens, multiple ‘residences’ co-existing with central facilities for laundry, landscape maint., etc.

    Had to get that out !


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