Wildlife Conflicts

Wild animals tend to be in and around our homes for one of two reasons:  food or shelter.  In the case of shelter, this is most common during the birthing and rearing seasons, which run from March to October, when wild animals need to find a safe place to give birth and raise their young, and during the fall, when animals are seeking a safe, protected place to over-winter.

SCRAP THE TRAP!  Please note that the live-trapping of “nuisance” wildlife often leads to wild animal babies being unintentionally orphaned.  This is because although you may only see one animal, during the months of March through August it is smart to assume that any animal denning or nesting around your house may be a mother with dependent young.  Most wild animal babies are helpless when first born and for weeks thereafter, and would not be seen venturing out with their mother.  It is critical not to separate a mother from her young, as the babies will starve to death and cause foul odors inside your house.

At other times of the year, it may seem like a kind solution to trap and relocate a wild animal, but a high mortality rate among relocated animals is the all-too-frequent result.  Most relocated animals try desperately to search for home and end up being hit by cars or run out by resident animals.  We strongly discourage the trapping of wildlife for these reasons.  Click here to read more.


Click on the links below to find humane, effective, long-lasting solutions to common wildlife problems.

Or, if you prefer to hire someone to do the work for you, please see our Guidelines for Working with Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators.


Conflicts by Species

Conflicts by Location