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Trapping and Relocating Raccoons, Skunks and Squirrels: It's Not as Neighbour Friendly as You Might Think

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Introducing the Humane Approach to Wild Animal Control

Humane wildlife control does not mean ‘just trap it and take it away’. Let's face it, having raccoons rummage through your trash or a squirrel making a home in your attic can be quite a nuisance.

The common first thought solution for many is to trap and relocate these critters. But, have you ever stopped to consider if wild animal removal by trapping is the best approach?

It's time we rethink our methods and understand that trapping and physically removing raccoons, skunks, and squirrels isn't as neighbourly or friendly as it seems. Let’s look into some pest control services and tips that might help.

If you have ever seen a dead raccoon on the highway or on ramp there is a good chance that someone trapped it and for convince sake pulled over on the side of the highway to let it go where no one would see them do it. It's a dangerous place for a raccoon to try and figure out where to go, plus they can't climb the concrete barriers along the highways.


Understanding Wildlife Behaviour

Understanding wild animal control and behaviour is crucial to managing and coexisting with nuisance wildlife. From raccoons and skunks to squirrels and even snakes or rodents, these animals play a key role in our ecosystem. Despite their scavenging habits and the challenges they pose to homeowners, these animals are just trying to survive. Dealing with wildlife problems and their presence in our lives can become more pertinent in the winter months when they seek shelter from the cold, or in early spring when they have newborns to care for. Rather than resorting to inhumane pest control methods, it’s essential to embrace humane wildlife control practices and appreciate the important role that these birds, bats, and other species play in maintaining our planet's delicate balance. Nuisance wildlife species, like raccoons, skunks, and squirrels, have specific habitats and behaviours crucial for survival. Conflicts arise when humans encroach on these habitats, and a wildlife control removal company should be contacted. These animals are not just pests but part of a delicate ecosystem.


The Ethics of Animal Removal - Trapping and Relocating

The ethics of trapping and relocating animals is a complex issue that requires careful consideration. It's not simply ridding ourselves of unwanted pests and moving them to another location. Humane removal methods must be used, and we must determine whether trapping and relocating are necessary in the first place. Some animals, such as a female raccoon with young, should not be relocated due to the distress that can come with separation. Animals that are relocated may find themselves disoriented and unable to find water. Furthermore, many regions have strict regulations regarding the trapping and relocating wildlife. Those who wish to protect their gardens or homes from unwanted pests should consider alternative methods that are more humane and respectful of the animals involved.


Why Relocation is Not the Solution

Many people believe that trapping and relocating wild animals is the best solution when they are causing problems on their property. However, it's important to note that this isn't always the case. Trapping and relocating animals greatly affects their lives and only creates more space for new animals to move in, and it can often cause separation from mothers and babies. Humane wildlife trapping should only be done as a last resort after thoroughly inspecting potential entry points and re-entry prevention measures. It's important to remember that trapping and removal can be useless if the root cause of the problem isn't addressed, such as a hole or entry point in your roof. In these cases, trapping and relocating animals will only result in a temporary solution that will eventually need to be repeated repeatedly. Instead of relying on trapping and relocating, consider contacting a professional for a free quote on other more effective wildlife control methods, such as installing exclusion barriers and preventative measures or other areas of structural damage.

Impact on Local Ecosystems

The impact of removal or habitat modification on local ecosystems cannot be overstated. The displacement of wildlife from their homes can lead to problems that ripple throughout the ecosystem. Take Ontario, for example. Relocating an animal to another area may seem like a simple solution to a problem, but it can quickly become a nightmare. Overpopulation of the relocated animal, competition for resources, and the threat of spreading diseases can all result from such actions. Moreover, preventing wildlife from finding food, shelter, and a place to live can have dire consequences for their safety and the safety of others around them. The bottom line is clear: habitat modification is not a guaranteed solution and can often do more harm than good.



Neighbourly Concerns

Relocating and removal services for nuisance wildlife is highly regulated, by law you should release within one kilometre, but this can cause conflicts with neighbours, especially if their are babies left behind in a neighbouring attic or underneath a deck.

Understanding and respecting community guidelines for achieving wildlife exclusion is essential to maintaining peace and safety.


Effective Alternatives to Trapping and Relocating

When dealing with unwanted species like raccoons and squirrels, trapping and relocating may seem like the easiest solution, but there are more effective and humane alternatives. One preventative measure to consider is regularly inspecting potential entry points to your home, such as your roof or gable vents or holes in your roof shingles and plywood. If animals are already inside, hiring a reputable wildlife control company to inspect your home to screen over these areas and set a one-way exit door is the best solution, and it would be fully guaranteed. But, in Ontario, by securing any trash bins, sweeping up any fallen bird seed, etc., you can greatly reduce the likelihood of these animals entering your house or yard in the first place. And for added protection, motion-activated sprinklers and bright lights can also prove useful in keeping these critters at bay. By prioritizing prevention and taking steps to discourage animal entry, you can avoid the need for removal altogether.


Humane Deterrents and Repellents

There are various ways to deter wildlife from invading your space without hurting them. Natural repellents, such as certain plants and commercial products designed to keep animals at bay can be very effective without causing harm. In addition, using non-harmful deterrents like cayenne pepper or citrus peel can keep them away.


Building Wildlife-Friendly Communities

Promoting coexistence with wildlife is crucial. Educate your community about humane treatment and encourage practices that prevent conflicts. Simple actions can make a big difference.


Case Studies and Real-Life Examples

Looking at success stories and lessons learned from failed relocations can provide valuable insights. Understanding what works and what doesn't helps in making better decisions.


Wildlife Rehabilitation Centres

Wildlife rehabilitation centers play a vital role in humane wildlife management. They care for injured or orphaned animals and work towards their safe return to the wild.


DIY Tips for Wildlife Management

Plenty of simple, humane solutions for managing wildlife on your property exist. From securing trash bins to installing motion-activated lights, these tips can help prevent conflicts.


Understanding Wildlife Laws and Regulations

Being aware of the laws and regulations regarding wildlife is essential. These laws protect both the animals and the community, and violating them can result in hefty penalties.


Engaging with Professional Wildlife Control Services

If you have an infestation on your roof, professional humane wildlife removal services are necessary to remove the animals and prevent them from re-entering your house. Knowing when to call a professional for wildlife pests and what to expect from their services can ensure that wildlife is managed safely and effectively. A reputable wildlife removal company can explain their procedure and give you an estimate of the cost right over the phone.



In conclusion, trapping and relocating raccoons, skunks, and squirrels may seem like an easy fix, but it's far from humane or effective. We can coexist peacefully with our furry neighbours by understanding wildlife behaviour, considering the ethical implications, and exploring safer alternatives.



What should I do if I find a wild animal in my yard? 

If it’s squirrels or raccoons you’re seeing, there’s really nothing to fret about, but something bigger or more dangerous? If you do find a wild animal in your yard, observe it from a distance. It’s most likely free of diseases, but to be safe ensure that pets and children are kept away. Contact a local wildlife rehabilitation center or professional wildlife control service for advice.

What if I’m dealing with mice or rats in my yard?

If you have already confirmed that it is (for sure) mice or rats that you’re dealing with,then calling an exterminator to have them handled is your best bet. They can place bait stations around the perimeter of your yard. Also, keep in mind that mice and rats don’t have to be killed. Many choose to humanely trap these rodents and move them off the property as a kinder means of pest control.

Are there any safe ways to deter wildlife without harming them? 

Yes, there are many safe ways to deter wildlife problems. Using natural repellents, securing trash bins, and installing motion-activated lights can help keep wildlife at bay without causing harm.

How can I make my property less attractive to wild animals?

Secure food sources like trash bins and pet food, seal entry points to your home, and remove potential shelters such as woodpiles and overgrown vegetation.

What are the legal consequences of trapping and relocating wildlife? 

The legal consequences of trapping and relocating wildlife vary by region. Many places have strict regulations, and violating these laws can result in fines and other penalties. Always check local laws before taking action to rid your area of common wildlife.

How can I educate my community about humane wildlife management? 

Educating your community can be done through local meetings, social media, and collaboration with wildlife organizations. Sharing information and promoting humane practices can lead to a more wildlife-friendly community. If you see what you know is false information posted on social media sites about any wild


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