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Facts for common Wildlife Questions, Simple and Humane Solutions
As our state’s residential and commercial development continues
to grow at an astounding rate, we encroach further and further into wild
environments, displacing wildlife and causing it to come in closer contact
At Wildlife Haven Rehab, Inc., we endeavor to promote a peaceful and
symbiotic coexistence between man and his wild neighbors.
Read below for helpful and humane solutions to address wildlife concerns
or call us at 813.792.8511.
Humane Solutions For “Nuisance” Wildlife
In the Attic
Animals can gain entry into your
attic through holes under roof overhangs, through spaces under
improperly installed wood, or by climbing pipes leading into the
attic space. Once animals are excluded from the area, all entry
points must be secured to deter future “tenants” from
occupying your attic.
|Make animal realize this is no longer
a desirable den. Alter the environment by turning on lights and place
a blaring radio near the attic. Most animals will relocate within
several hours, but this can take up to a couple of days. Be patient.
Do not do if babies are present
|Identify entry site and install a one-way door so
that animal can leave but not return. Note: Do not do this
during baby season as a desperate mother may cause extensive
property damage trying to get to her babies and babies cannot survive
very long without their mother. It is not only cruel and inhumane
to keep a mother from her babies but decaying carcasses may cause
extreme odor and cleanup problems. See below for information on situations
where babies are present.
Do not do if babies are present
|Only use a live/humane trap. Release the animal into
an area of your yard that has some cover and is furthest from your
home or building. Note: Again, do not do this during baby season as
a desperate mother may cause extensive property damage trying to get
to her babies and babies cannot survive very long without their mother.
It is not only cruel and inhumane to keep a mother from her babies
but decaying carcasses may cause extreme odor and cleanup problems.
See below for information on situations where babies are present.
If there are babies in
Make sure all entry sites to attic are identified
and repaired once animals vacate the area.
|This is not recommended when there are babies. If
removal is unavoidable due to construction, homeowner moving, etc.,
trap mom using only a humane live trap. Carefully, gather up the babies
and place them in a open container that they cannot crawl out of.
Take mom and babies to an area of your yard that is isolated and has
some plant growth or coverage. Place babies beside trap and cover
both trap and babies container with a towel. Observe from a distance
and after about an hour, release the mother. She will most likely
run off but should return within several hours to collect her babies
and relocate them to a new den area.
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