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The District of Columbia boasts many species of wildlife that have adapted to city life. Reports of deer, raccoons, opossums, bats and foxes are received routinely. Some of the animals have made themselves at home by nesting in chimneys, attics and basements. They dig through trash cans to find food, and even eat dog feces that are not properly disposed of.
While these animals are beautiful to see from a distance, up close encounters can be shocking.
Here are some tips to keep wild animals from invading your space:
To learn more about living peacefully with Urban Wildlife, visit the Humane Society of the United States.
Remember, wild animals in the District of Columbia have adapted to life in close quarters with humans. They may not be as frightened of people as animals in less urban areas. Always use caution of wild animals, and keep in mind that even though they are accustomed to humans, they are still wild, can carry diseases and should be avoided. If wild animals are acting strangely, contact (202) 576-6664. Select here to learn more about rabies.