Decorating 'wild-life' safe for Halloween | Families
The Arizona Game and Fish Department would like to remind residents to be aware that Halloween pumpkins, as well as fall decorations like gourds or squash, attract wildlife when displayed outdoors. And that they should decorate accordingly.
“Javelina, coyotes, deer and even bears eat some of the vegetables that are part of traditional holiday displays,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson, in a recent news release. “When displayed outdoors, they may attract wildlife to homes, potentially creating conflicts with people.”
The department recommends that Jack-O-Lanterns and cornucopias be displayed indoors, on window sills to be seen from outside if desired, and then discarded securely to help prevent encounters with foraging wildlife.