Steps To Peaceful Co-existence With Wildlife Around You – A Humane Approach
There are three major things to consider when trying to solve problems with wildlife around you, one is that you have to respect the environment, the other is that you have to be willing to solve any wildlife conflicts in a humane way, avoiding any lethal means and the third is that you must have great tolerance and a good understanding of animals and living things. These three will help you resolve any wildlife problems with a sane attitude that will allow you to protect yourself and the animal from any potential harm.
Many issues of wildlife intrusion into urban homes or property have been satisfactorily resolved with no loss of life and this has been found to be a more permanent solution since the animals can be safely removed and relocated to better places where they can be cared for. Calling animal control is important just as a way of assisting your community in saving the animal which is a member of our natural community. Here are a few steps to ensure your wildlife problems are taken care of in a humane and safe way.
1. Check and evaluate if the animal is a problem
Deciding whether wildlife is a problem will help you understand what you are required to do and if the issue is an urgent matter that requires quick animal control assistance. A couple of woodchucks in your backyard, for instance,
would not be alarming if you educated yourself about the behavior of the animals and discovered that they would probably not attack your children or pets. This makes it easier for you to co-exist with them.
2. Gather information to help in solving the problem if you determine the
wildlife is a problem
Get details of the specifics involved with the wildlife, their behavior around your property, the level of damage they have caused and the time they have been there. Determining these will help understand whether the animal is a threat and how bad the situation is. Also, try to find out if there are any offspring of the animal and how the problem can be solved in a safe and humane way. You can report your findings through notes, pictures of the animal, recordings of its behavior and any sound made, pictures of footprints and claw marks etc.
3. Determine the intensity of the problem
When checking on the behavior of the animal, look for instances that may cause potential harm like damages in health and property. Consider whether you can peacefully co-exist with the animal for the short time they are there before you embark on blocking their entry points once they are gone. Animals like raccoons may choose to seek habitat in your chimney for purposes of nursing their young ones, but once the young ones are grown, they will leave.
Therefore, consider whether the time is not too long for you to stand to live with them or whether you need to call for animal control for their removal.
4. Take safe actions once you have the facts.
After looking into the information and details regarding the wildlife, ensure you take actions that are humane and do not involve taking the animal’s life.
You can choose to exclude the animal by creating barriers to exit and entry or to change your behavior around the animal. You can also drive away the animal through environmentally acceptable repellents. If this solves the problem then go ahead and block the entry points of the wildlife permanently.
5. Seek help
If your actions are not able to solve the problem, then it is important that
you seek help from animal control professionals. However, it is very important
that you find one that is going to use humane strategies in removing the
animal, so ensure your choice of animal control company defines to you the
specifics of how they intend to go about removing the animal before you
contract the job to them.