Our Wild Neighbors - Questions and Answers

Our Wild Neighbors - True or False

It is kind to feed wild animals.

False  (They could get sick or forget how to get their own food.)

When you go fishing, it is very important to pick up hooks and every bit of fishing line.


It is illegal to even pick up a desert tortoise in the wild.

True (It will be scared and pee out important moisture.)

Bread is a good food for ducks.

False (It is actually very harmful to them.)

Snakes sometimes get caught in garden netting that goes to the ground.


Sticky traps only catch rats.

False (They catch squirrels, birds, lizards, and many others.)

If a baby bird has fallen out of the nest, you should put it back.

False (Call Pacific Wildlife Care at 543 WILD so we can assess the situation and advise you.)

Uncut plastic can connectors can trap animals.


Snakes are looking for people to bite.

False (Snakes try their best to stay away from people.)

Helium balloons, when they finally come down, look like food to many animals.


If you put up bird feeders, you only need to clean them once a year.

False (They need to be cleaned often so they don’t spread disease.)

Storm drains flow through water filtration plants.

False  (They go right to the river or ocean, and so does any pollution that goes down them.)

Spiders eat lots of insects.


Poison is a good way to deal with a rat problem.

False (That poison goes right up the food chain.)

Wild animals can be tamed if you are very gentle.


Outdoor cats kill millions of songbirds every year.


Trim trees in summer, when there are plenty of leaves.

False (Wait until late fall or winter, when all babies have left the nest.)

Plastic bags can look like delicious jellyfish to sea turtles when the bags blowout to sea.

True (Other animals try to eat them, too, but they won’t blow away if tied into a knot.)

It is fine to bring a wild snake or frog home for a while and then release it.

False (It will lose its territory and perhaps introduce bacteria it picked up from the human world.)

Tiny orangish-brown newts are safe to pick up.

False (They have a poisonous toxin on their skin.)

Dirty water can go right through a frog's skin and into its body.


A fawn left alone has probably been abandoned.

False (Mom is probably off eating, and will return soon. The fawn knows how to stay still and quiet.)