Living with wildlife (also see living with wildlife section)
  • Accidental traps: Trenches and irrigation valve boxes can attract and trap snakes, amphibians, and rodents. For worker safety, make sure valve covers are lifted off carefully to check for snakes. To prevent small animals getting trapped in valve boxes or ponds, put rocks or sloped surfaces in the water to create haul-out spots.
  • Travel corridors: Wildlife may need to use your property at certain times of year. Consult local wildlife advisors to OSCA Snake Workshopensure that wildlife travel routes are not completely blocked by fencing. Large fenced fields should have a second gate that can be opened if animals get trapped.
  • Snakes: Seven species of snakes occur and only one is potentially venomous. Provide artificial cover boards or rock piles as hiding spots located away from busy work areas. Train field crews to avoid killing snakes during vineyard activities. Contact outreach@osca.org if you would like Dogs in Vineyardshelp with snake safety training and management.
  • Wildlife crop damage: Dogs are a great way to keep away birds and rodents as are owls, hawks and snakes. Investigate non-lethal physical and biological methods of discouraging wildlife that destroy crops - such as wildlife-proof fencing. Avoid non-selective trapping of rodents and birds. Make sure anti-bird netting is properly staked and fastened to prevent birds getting trapped inside.