Elk NetworkBeware of Wildlife When Decorating for Halloween

General | October 25, 2018

Pumpkins, gourds, squash and other Halloween decorations may draw more trick-or-treaters to your front porch but they may also attract unwanted wildlife looking for an easy meal.

“Pumpkins and other edible decorations are easy meals for wildlife and often attract javelina (wild hogs), coyotes, deer and even bears,” said Darren Julian, Arizona Game and Fish Department urban wildlife specialist. “Habituating wildlife to human food sources can lead to property damage and potentially cause conflicts, resulting in serious injuries to people or pets. That is why it is important to help keep wildlife wild.”

So take caution when planning for the big night.

(Photo source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)