Wildlife wisdom

Wildlife wisdom
Posted on 09/24/2020

Lenexa is home to many kinds of wildlife including raccoons, skunks, foxes, bobcats, coyotes, deer and even some venomous snakes such as copperheads and timber rattlesnakes. The wildlife in the area provide a great ecosystem functioning properly, and we want to be cautious to not disrupt that delicate balance of the natural cycle of predators and prey.

The best way to preserve that balance, as well as enjoy some of nature's beauties in Lenexa, is viewing wildlife from a distance. By keeping your distance, this allows you and your loved ones, including your pets, to remain safe while also getting to observe these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.

Here are a few tips for dealing with local wildlife:

  • Cats and small dogs can resemble the natural prey of coyotes and foxes, so you should not allow small animals outside unattended.
  • If you see a coyote or fox acting aggressively, act aggressively in return: wave your arms, throw something or make loud noises.
  • Snakes can be seen on or near sidewalks warming themselves to help regulate their body temperatures. Just be mindful to stay on the trail paths. If you encounter a snake, the best thing to do is to turn around or allow the snake some time to move from the area.

Another option is to contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks at 913.422.1314. They have a wildlife biologist on staff who can share an abundance of information about the wildlife in our area.

We want to encourage everyone to get outside, enjoy our wonderful parks and trails, and wish everyone to do it safely. 

For more helpful advice for dealing with wildlife, visit our Animal Control page.

Published Sept. 24, 2020