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Protecting Wildlife from Your Garbage

Animals such as raccoons, foxes, bears and even stray cats and dogs love to rummage around in garbage bins or at the rubbish dump looking for something to eat. These animals can receive the most horrific injuries from trying to lick inside old tin cans, getting their tongues cut by the serrated edge or even getting their snouts stuck inside the can.


The lids on cans (especially the rip-off kind) are also very dangerous to animals and they can get cut up something terrible by accidentally licking on the edge. The sharp lids from these cans can also cut holes in your garbage bag and even be a serious hazard to the garbage man who has to empty your bin and you could be liable for any injuries he may receive, so for everyone's sake, please, please, please always rinse your empty cans and the lid, put the lid inside the empty can and then squish the can flat at the top before you throw them away or recycle them. Stomp on them if you have to, to flatten them.

This is a small, but significant step in helping protect our precious wildlife, and the garbage man too.

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December 9, 20060 found this helpful

If one does not recycle, the plastic 6-pack holders cause problems too. Birds get stuck in them and so do rummaging animals. One should cut thru the openings with scissors so this will not happen.

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December 11, 20060 found this helpful

And lets not forget some of the chemicals we trash.
Empty oil and anti-freeze jugs always there is some left in those containers.
also household chemical containers..I guess if you cannot recycle then rinse out the contaiers then glue the cap on them.
Yep we move out into the woods then go about thinking are trash magically disappears. Even if we love wildlife we still could be hurting them.
People you do know tthere are non toxic cleaners out there ?They work wity maybe a little more elbow greese. Try them!
Lets at least try to do no harm to WILDLIfE
Thank You
Mr. Thrifty

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October 18, 20120 found this helpful

As a licensed wildlife rehabilitator specializing in raccoons I want to say thank you for all of the great comments and suggestions. As stewards of our planet we need to always think about how our actions affect others. Thank you!

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