Minnesota Adult Hunter Safety Course



Wildlife makes its homes in back yards, large tracts of wooded land, marshes, swamps and even the desert. There are five requirements to good habitat. If all requirements are met, you will find wildlife:


All animals need to eat. If grasses, nuts, berries, seeds, bugs and browse are available, animals will come to eat.


Though some animals can go a long time without water, all animals need water at one time or another in order to survive.


Animals, just like people, need cover. This protects them from weather extremes and helps them hide from predators and care for their young. For some, adequate cover could just be a large tuft of grass, a fallen tree, a cave or a brushy area.


Wild animals are not used to being confined to a single area, and most cannot cope with that kind of situation. Animals need adequate space to run around and interact with each other in their natural environment.


Animals need the food, water, cover and space arranged in such a way that it is conducive for them to stay in that area. However, adequate habitat arrangement is different for all species. This is why you will find concentrations of wildlife in different environments.