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Wildlife Hazing Program
Aaron Halverson
Environmental Programs Manager

17425 Ballinger Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA  98155

Phone: 206-368-5440

Some urban wildlife have become comfortable in close proximity to people, often to the point where they become a nuisance. This must be reshaped to encourage them to avoid contact with humans and pets. 

Hazing is the process that facilitates this change and is, by necessity, a community response to encounters with wildlife. The more often an individual animal is hazed, the more effective hazing is in changing behavior.

Hazing employs immediate use of deterrents to move an animal out of an area or discourage undesirable behavior or activity. Deterrents include:

  • Loud noises
  • Spraying water
  • Bright lights
  • Throwing objects
  • Shouting

Hazing can help maintain wildlife's natural fear of humans and discourage them from being in areas such as backyards. If properly performed, hazing does not harm or injure animals, humans or property. Behavioral change also involves human activities such as identifying and removing attractants and responsibly protecting pets. 

Click here for the full hazing program from the Wildlife Management Plan