Nuisance wildlife

Nuisance Wildlife in Seattle Area

  • These are wildlife that pose threat to people in public spaces or homes
  • Nuisance wildlife can also cause damage to property or annoy people by entering buildings or by staying on top or beneath buildings
  • The activities of people tend to attract specific species of wildlife seeking shelter or access to meals that have high levels of calorie
  • This can lead to conflict between people and wildlife where wildlife is seen as a nuisance

Some common Nuisance Wildlife Species in Seattle

a. American Black Bear

  • These omnivorous animals are widely spread across North America
  • In Seattle area, they inhabit a varied selection of forested areas including rainforests on the coastal areas to dry woodlands
  • There are more than twenty five thousand black bears in the Washington State
  • Though these nuisance wildlife tend to avoid human beings, bears are extremely dangerous due to their fast speed and great strength
  • To prevent bear attacks, avoid threatening bears and allow them space to retreat
  • Adult bears are intolerant to baby bears causing them to roam to areas inhabited by people


  • These are opportunistic scavengers and hunters that feed on tiny animals such as gophers, rabbits, rats, mice, squirrels, snakes, frogs, and lizards. They also feed on berries, fruits and grass during fall and summer.
  • Coyotes also like to feed on pet food, garden crops, garbage, pets, poultry and livestock
  • They are known to attack domestic dogs that intrude their territory as they protect their pups and dens
  • This nuisance wildlife mostly hunt during the night though hungry coyotes may hunt at daytime

c. Elk

  • The Roosevelt Elk and Rock Mountain Elk are the common Elk species found in the Washington State
  • Elks are huge animals that take large quantities of food and tend to graze during summer and spring
  • House mice tend to drop waste as they go about.
  • During fall, these nuisance wildlife browse through trees and shrubs
  • As ruminants, elk chew cud and can damage conifer plantations, hay fields, tree farms and other crops
  • If frightened, elk tend to destroy fences by running through wire fences.
  • Availability of hiding places and alternative source of food during winter often leads to conflicts with human beings


  • These small nuisance wildlife feed on anything especially water creatures such as crayfish, snails, frogs and fish
  • Raccoons may also eat slugs, birds, insects as well as nuts, fruits, vegetables and seeds. They can also hunt for small gophers, mice, squirrels and rats
  • In human habitats, raccoons eat pet food and garbage
  • These nuisance wildlife live a solitary life except during mating

How to control or prevent Nuisance Wildlife

  • Managing items that attract wildlife such as garbage can keep nuisance wildlife such as bears, raccoons and coyotes away from human spaces.
  • Garbage cans should be covered with lids that fit tightly in a garage, shed or fenced area.
  • Spraying garbage cans with disinfectants regularly helps reduce the smell keeping nuisance animals away.