Don't Attract Unwanted Guests
Wild animals take advantage
of cavities in and around homes for denning and raising young. When people
unwittingly set traps for the so-called “problem animal”, it is the mother
animal who is most often caught…and separated from her young! Trapping may appear to be a humane solution,
but it is not. Trapped animals often fare poorly when relocated, they panic and
try to run back to their home habitat, often getting hit by cars along the way,
and worse, they are separated from their young.
There are far
better solutions to humanely evict animals from your home as a family unit –
allowing mother animals to take their young elsewhere. Once achieved, you can
seal up their entry points so the problem doesn’t recur. Remember that when wild animals are in your
attic or basement it’s usually because they are trying to find a quiet and safe
place to raise babies. The best way to keep them out is to do proper home
maintenance (seal up entry points, install chimney caps, etc.), once they’re
gone. For more information, go to www.wildlifehotline.org.