Education and compassion are the keys to coexisting with any form of wildlife. As wild
animals find their natural environment shrinking daily, their interaction with humans
increases often with disastrous results for the animals. When they take up residence in
someones home, destroy the garden, rummage through garbage cans or raid the songbird
feeder, they are just looking for food or a place to live they dont deserve
to be killed for such actions.
Chances are if you call an exterminator (which is very expensive) or animal control,
the animal will be killed after it is caught. You may contact the Department of
Environmental Conservation for referral to a wildlife rehabilitator who will humanely trap
the animal. In most cases the trapped animal will be relocated. Ask first to be sure.
Before taking those steps, however, first read more about your wild neighbor to
alleviate some of your fears and concerns and then try the suggestions for humanely
encouraging him to move elsewhere. Be patient and compassionate. He doesnt want to
be any closer to you than you want to be to him he is just trying to survive.
If "your" animal is not listed below, please e-mail us
) and we will add it to our list
and get back to you as soon as possible with helpful information.