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How to Attract Wildlife to Your Property

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With cities and towns spreading into rural areas and more people moving to the country, people and wildlife interactions are becoming more common. Attracting wildlife to ones property can be enjoyable and rewarding. The first step in attracting wildlife is deciding which wildlife species to target. The second step is learning the habitat requirements of the species. The third step is providing the proper habitat components as well as implementing appropriate habitat management practices. This fact sheet describes how to attract desirable species and discusses the importance of managing native habitats and habitat management practices.

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Steven Smith serves as a wildlife and fisheries consultant at Noble Research Institute, where he has worked since 2006. He received a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries ecology and a master’s degree in rangeland management and ecology from Oklahoma State University. He grew up on small family cow/calf operation in central Oklahoma. His areas of interest are prescribed fire, especially growing season fires, and managing plant communities for livestock forage and wildlife habitat.