Should you move urban foxes to their natural habitat?

No one is shocked when they see rabbits, squirrels, mice, chipmunks, frogs, deer, and birds in the suburbs. Yet, when their natural predators— even the smallest of them— exist in the same environment, it nearly always leads to someone requesting that they be moved somewhere they perceive as more appropriate. Native predators like red foxes,Continue reading “Should you move urban foxes to their natural habitat?”

Don’t Relocate Skunks!

Well-meaning home owners often relocate skunks because they’re bothered by occasional whiffs of musk. It may seem like relocating an animal is a humane form of pest control, but it’s unfortunately not. Every year, thousands of mother skunks are taken away from their babies, who are left to die brutal, painful deaths by starvation. SkunksContinue reading “Don’t Relocate Skunks!”

Hawks are Exterminators: Don’t Poison Their Food!

Native hawks are part of nature’s most powerful pest control crew! A single red-tail hawk can eat dozens of rats, mice, and other potential pests in a single week. This benefits humans by reducing the spread of disease and keeping crops and homes safe from damage. Like most predators, hawks will often target prey thatContinue reading “Hawks are Exterminators: Don’t Poison Their Food!”

Can Barn Foxes Replace Barn Cats?

As strange as it may sound, “barn foxes” might be the solution of the future to rodent control in sustainable agriculture. It’s no secret that outdoor-roaming cats wreak havoc on native wildlife in the United States. In fact, multiple studies have demonstrated that outdoor cats present the single greatest threat to wildlife in North America,Continue reading “Can Barn Foxes Replace Barn Cats?”

How Do I Get Rid of Armadillos?

Do you have armored critters digging in your back yard? As climate change takes its toll on the landscape of the US, armadillos are slowly marching North. Armadillos are generally warm-weather critters, which is why they didn’t live outside the tropics and subtropics until recent changes in climate. An armadillo in a temperate area mayContinue reading “How Do I Get Rid of Armadillos?”

Opossums Don’t Dig Up Yards

People are often quick to exterminate opossums because of the belief that they will destroy a lawn with digging or burrowing. While you may have some lawn damage, and may have opossums on your property, there’s no connection between the two. Opossums are not digging, burrowing animals. In fact, they don’t spend a lot ofContinue reading “Opossums Don’t Dig Up Yards”

Rehabilitators Don’t Do Wildlife “Removal” or Pest Control

A surprising number of calls that wildlife rehabilitators take have nothing to do with wildlife rehabilitation. They come from people who want a healthy, safe, happy animal removed from their property because they simply don’t want it there. “Removal” of healthy wildlife is the opposite of what rehabbers do. Relocating an animal rarely ends wellContinue reading “Rehabilitators Don’t Do Wildlife “Removal” or Pest Control”

Swan Decoys Deter Geese and Ducks

Ducks and geese native to the United States are protected species— they can’t be killed, removed, or have their nests destroyed, unless you have a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. So what can you do when you’ve got geese and large ducks wreaking havoc and harassing pets and humans? The most importantContinue reading “Swan Decoys Deter Geese and Ducks”

How Do I Get Raccoons to Leave My Attic?

For the next few months, raccoons all over the country will be desperately looking for places to have their young. If there’s an opening that allows a mother-to-be into an attic, she will understandably think that this warm, dry shelter is a perfect place to raise her new babies. But what happens when the homeownerContinue reading “How Do I Get Raccoons to Leave My Attic?”