Cleveland and Akron Wildlife Control News

Cleveland and Akron Wildlife and Nuisance Animal Control News Helps To Keep Ohio Families Informed and Safe. Raccoon, Squirrel, Rodent, Bird and Bat Removal News Highlights Featured Pest Control Solutions.

Raccon trapped on roof of house in Cleveland, Ohio which was removed humanely.

How To Remove Raccoons From Your Chimney
Cottom’s Wildlife Removal removes raccoons from chimneys for Cleveland and Akron homeowners. It costs $495.00 for us to remove raccoons from a chimney and to install one chimney cap. We set raccoon traps or use handling tools to remove critters from chimneys. We prevent raccoons from entering chimneys by installing chimney caps. We disinfect and decontaminate areas soiled by raccoons and also repair the damage they cause to chimneys, roofs and buildings.  Learn how Cottom’s Wildlife Removal safely removes raccoons from your chimney and keeps them out! Raccoons pose serious health risks and can cause havoc if they get into your home. Cottom’s charges a flat fee of $495 to remove any and all raccoons from your chimney. Cottom’s Wildlife Removal is a family-owned and operated company located in Cleveland, Ohio. We remove raccoons and other wildlife from your home and provide attic cleanup, repair, and decontamination. Call 440-236-8114 or go to

Baby Raccoons Reunited With Mother After Being Rescued From Chimney
A mother raccoon was reunited with her babies after being separated for over 24 hours. The three baby raccoons were found in a chimney on Thursday and were quickly taken to the Kentucky Wildlife Center. The family who found the raccoons then searched for the mother, eventually capturing her and bringing her to the center as well.
After a visit to the vet, the four raccoon were finally reunited and will be ready for release once the babies are old enough to travel.

Neighbors Frustrated By Year’s-Long Raccoon Infestation
Dina Smith thought raccoons were cute until they moved into the attic next door in her Salt Lake City neighborhood. Now, she’s frustrated and fed up with the fury critters, and can’t find anybody to help.

Raccoon Family Falls Through Ceiling Of Michigan Home
A family of raccoons created a chaotic scene when they fell through a ceiling and into the living room of a Michigan home. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports that a homeowner in Sheridan Township sought help Friday after the raccoons fell from an attic. Police and firefighters easily picked up the baby raccoons, but the mother eluded capture. She bit a responder’s gloves before hiding in a closet. The Albion Department of Public Safety posted video of the response on its Facebook page with the caption: “What do you do when you’re sitting in your living room and a raccoon and her 5 babies suddenly fall through the ceiling onto your couch?”   Police said in a statement that a dog-catcher pole was used to collar the raccoon. No people or animals were injured in the incident. The raccoons were taken away and released into the wild.

Raccoon Trapping, Removal, Control, Exclusion, Cleanup, Decontamination and Damage Repair Services for Strongsville, Ohio Families and Businesses
Cottom’s Wildlife Removal traps raccoons that have gained entry into attics, homes, buildings and businesses in Strongsville, Ohio. Because Strongsville is located next to the Cleveland Metroparks, raccoon problems are a common occurrence. The 2,400 acres of green space and wooded areas in and around Strongsville are typical breeding grounds for raccoons. Strongsville, Ohio is a great place to live. Just ask any raccoon in Strongsville.

Raccoons having a snack at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Check out this video of the raccoons at the Perkins Wildlife Center at CMNH having a snack in their habitat.

Raccoon Trapping and Removal Services In Cleveland, Ohio
Raccoons in your attic and home pose a threat to your safety and health, and can do serious damage to your property. Learn why raccoons need to be professionally removed from your home and how important it is to repair or replace any areas of the house they have soiled or damaged.

Cottom’s Wildlife Removal is a family-owned and operated company providing the following professional Wildlife and Nuisance Animal Control, Relocation and Management Services for the cities of Cleveland and Akron:

  • Raccoon Damage Repair, Property Decontamination and Insulation Replacement Services.
  • Removal of Raccoons from Attics, Houses, Buildings, Garages, Businesses, Barns, Sheds, Basements, Decks and Outbuildings.
  • Repair of Attics, Roofs, Soffits, Gutters, Facia, Eves and Chimneys Damaged by Raccoons.
    Prevention of Health Risks Caused by Raccoons Living in Attics.
  • Getting Rid of Raccoons and Squirrels on Roofs.
  • Inspection of Attics and Houses for Signs and Sounds of Raccoons.
  • Pest Control Services for The City of Cleveland.
  • Critter Catching Services for Northeast Ohio Residents.
  • Removal and Control of Critters, Squirrels, Groundhogs, Skunks, Birds, Bats, Rodents and Mice.
    Animal and Dear Carcass Removal Services

Serving Residents of Strongsville, Berea, Medina, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Bay Village, North Ridgeville, Brecksville, Fairlawn, Hinckley, Mentor, Hudson, Twinsburg, Firestone Park, Northwest Akron, Avon Lake, Beachwood, Parma, Pepper Pike, Chagrin Falls, Solon, Gates Mills, Bentleyville, Bainbridge, Aurora, Akron, Wadsworth, Richfield and Lodi.

Wildlife Company Expands Squirrel & Raccoon Removal Services in N. Virginia
VA Animal Control is expanding its squirrel and raccoon removal service in Northern Virginia. Service areas will include Alexandria, Fairfax, McLean, Annandale, Falls Church and other nearby communities. Wildlife removal services are a necessary component for pest control when nuisance critters invade your home.

How to Remove Raccoons in Your Attic in Cleveland, Ohio
Learn how to safely remove raccoons from your attic and keep them out! This video explains why raccoons are a serious problem in Cleveland, Ohio and shows you a raccoon being removed by hand. Cottom’s Wildlife Removal is a family-owned and operated company located in Cleveland, Ohio. We remove raccoons and other wildlife from your home and provide attic cleanup, repair, and decontamination. Call 440-236-8114 or go to

Raccoon Stuck On 6th Floor of Crowne Plaza Hotel
A raccoon was stuck on the 6th floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Michigan for several days. Crews kept trying to rescue him, but the feisty raccoon was not having any of it.

Reports Of ‘Zombie’ Raccoons Scare Homeowners, Puzzle Police
Police in Youngstown, Ohio had more than crime to deal with over the last month. The city has reportedly been invaded by a wave of “zombie-like” raccoons who have terrified local residents.

Raccoon Trapping And Removal Services In Cleveland, Ohio
Cottom’s Wildlife Removal moves nocturnal carnivores such as raccoons (Procyon lotor) from places and positions they occupy in attics and buildings to their natural environment. We transfer them in cages away from from humans and pets. Raccoons are native to Cleveland and Akron and can be identified by a sharp snout, a masklike black stripe across their eyes and a bushy ringed tail. They love living in people’s homes and will devour just about any kind of human food and leftovers.  Cottom’s Wildlife Removal uses a variety of methods to trap raccoons. The Cleveland based company uses both live and lethal traps as well as live cage traps, body hold traps, kill traps, 1-door traps, 2-door traps, double-jaw coil-spring traps, double-jaw longspring traps, enclosed foothold, cage traps and bodygrip traps.

The raccoon is a medium-sized mammal with a short, stocky build. Adults generally range from 9-20 pounds and are smallest in the southeastern United States; a few may reach 40 pounds in the Northern portions of their range. Raccoons are active at night and rest in dens during the day. They are excellent climbers and strong swimmers. Raccoons have a well-developed ability to grasp and manipulate objects with their front paws. Raccoons will den in groups and remain dormant during extreme winter weather, but they do not hibernate. Large deposits of fat accumulated during late summer and fall allow raccoons to survive periods of food scarcity during winter. The scientific name is Procyon lotor.  Raccoons are adaptable and use many habitat types. They prefer hardwood forests with numerous den sites and are usually most abundant around water, especially bottomland hardwood forests along streams, hardwood swamps, and edges of reservoirs, marshes, and ponds. Raccoons are also at home in agricultural landscapes and urban and suburban areas.  They prefer hollow trees for dens, but readily use abandoned woodchuck burrows, caves, and artificial structures, such as barns, attics and culverts. Raccoons are omnivorous. They will eat fish, crayfish and mussels, as well as a variety of fruits, nuts, grains, other plant material, carrion, garbage, birds, eggs, small animals (mice, rabbits, snakes, turtles, frogs and insects) and most foods prepared for human or animal consumption. Raccoons are significant predators of ground-nesting birds.  Breeding season extends from January to June and occurs later in the South than in the North. Most litters are born in April and May, but young can be born as late as September. In the far Southeast (Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama), some young are probably born throughout the year. Cubs are born about 63 days after breeding. Litter size ranges from two to eight and averages four. Weaning starts at about eight weeks, and by four months of age, most cubs are large enough to be on their own. Many family groups stay together through the young’s first winter. Raccoons are considered abundant throughout their range. Under ideal conditions, population density may reach one raccoon for every two acres of habitat. Home range size varies with habitat, seasonal food availability, and weather. Home ranges can be as small as 0.02 square miles in some urban settings to over 18.75 square miles in the prairies of North Dakota. Raccoons are highly susceptible to canine distemper and rabies, and outbreaks of these diseases can significantly reduce local populations. Raccoons also harbor the raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis), a nematode that can cause serious illness in humans.

Raccoon, Wildlife and Nuisance Animal Trapping and Removal Services Include The Following:

‘Zombie-Like’ Raccoons Are Terrorizing Youngstown, Ohio
Residents of Youngstown have reported that the raccoons are exhibiting “zombie-like” behavior. The rogue raccoons are in all likelihood gravely ill. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has said that the raccoons probably have a viral illness known as distemper. In wild raccoon populations, distemper tends to run in cycles of five to seven years, Eltagouri reports. Many raccoons survive the outbreaks, and eventually the disease just dies off. But Geoff Westerfield, a wildlife biologist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife, says that trapping infected raccoons and euthanizing them is the only way to keep the number of sick animals down. If you live in the Cleveland, Ohio area and need to have a raccoon trapped, call Cottom’s Wildlife Removal at 440-236-8114 to schedule an inspection.

Raccoon Trapping Removal, Control, Exclusion, Cleanup, Decontamination and Damage Repair Services for Strongsville, Ohio Homeowners and Businesses
Cottom’s Wildlife Removal traps raccoons that have gained entry into attics, homes, buildings and businesses in Strongsville, Ohio. Because Strongsville is located next to the Cleveland Metroparks, raccoon problems are a common occurrence.  The 2,400 acres of green space and wooded areas in and around Strongsville are typical breeding grounds for raccoons.  Strongsville, Ohio is a great place to live. Just ask any raccoon in Strongsville.

How to Remove Raccoons in Your Attic in Cleveland, Ohio
Learn how to safely remove raccoons from your attic and keep them out!  This video explains why raccoons are a serious problem in Cleveland, Ohio and shows you a raccoon being removed by hand. Cottom’s Wildlife Removal is a family-owned and operated company located in Cleveland, Ohio. We remove raccoons and other wildlife from your home and provide attic cleanup, repair, and decontamination. Call 440-236-8114 or go to

Wildlife and Raccoon Removal Prices in Cleveland and Akron
Raccoon removal and relocation prices start at $95.00 per raccoon.  Rates for inspections of homes, buildings or property for nuisance wildlife and animals (Squirrels, Raccoons, Skunks, Groundhogs, Possums, Mice, Rodents, Bats and Birds) start at $239.00. Squirrel removal services start at $495.00.

Western WI Man Faces Charges Of Trapping Raccoons, Releasing Them So Dogs Could Kill Them
A western Wisconsin man faces charges of trapping wild raccoons, then letting them loose so his dogs could attack and kill them. Jason Armbruster, from Amery, faces ten felony charges of mistreating animals and instigating fights between animals. DNR wardens got a tip last fall that Armbruster was posting pics of dogs killing raccoons on his Facebook page. Wardens said he admitted to doing it, saying he didn’t think it was a big deal. Wardens said they found evidence he live-trapped six raccoons, then released them for his dogs to fight with, and kill. He faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted. Armbruster will be in court April 16.

Was Landlord Correct In Killing Rampaging Raccoon?
A worried renter wonders if lack of hunting license will get her in trouble for shot raccoon. Raccoons are fur-bearing animals and therefore protected under state hunting laws; however, the law does allow you to trap bothersome wildlife on your property. While hunters are limited to seasons and the requirement of a license, homeowners can trap troublesome raccoons at any time.

Raccoons: Protected Wildlife Or Vermin? Judge To Rule In Case Of Man Accused Of Drowning Raccoons He Trapped
An Allegheny County Common Pleas judge must decide whether raccoons are wild animals worthy of protection under the state’s newly revamped cruelty laws or pests and vermin meant to be disposed of. William Killgallon, 68, of Carrick was charged last month with two counts of aggravated animal cruelty, a felony, after a Pittsburgh police officer said he admitted to her that he baited and trapped raccoons on his Carrick Avenue property and then drowned them in a barrel. Mr. Killgallon spent two weeks in the Allegheny County Jail awaiting a mental health evaluation before being released following a hearing Friday before Judge Jeffrey A. Manning.  Mr. Killgallon was back in court Tuesday while his attorney, Robert Perkins, argued that his client should not have been charged in the first place. “This is not a crime,” Mr. Perkins said. “I think a raccoon is the epitome of a nuisance animal.” Pittsburgh police got a complaint from Mr. Killgallon’s neighbors in October that they had seen him place a trap with a raccoon in it in a barrel of water. When Officer Christine Luffey went to Mr. Killgallon’s property, she saw three traps, baited with tomatoes, peanut butter, bread and lunch meat, according to an affidavit in the case. Mr. Killgallon, she wrote in her affidavit, admitted to what he was doing, said it was wrong and told her he had been killing wildlife for years. “William Killgallon stated that sometimes he releases animals that he traps. However, for reasons unknown to him, he has a dislike for raccoons,” she wrote. But Mr. Perkins argued that based on the new animal cruelty law that took effect in August, the prosecution has no case. To earn a conviction, it must prove a defendant intentionally mistreated an animal, causing serious injury or death, and that the conduct wasn’t “reasonable activity that may be undertaken with vermin control or pest control.” Because neither vermin nor pests are defined in the statute, Mr. Perkins used their dictionary definitions. Vermin, he wrote in a court filing, are defined as “noxious, objectionable or disgusting animals, collectively, especially those of small size that appear commonly and are difficult to control, as flies, lice, bedbugs, cockroaches and rats.” Pests, he continued, are defined as “’1. an annoying or troublesome person, animal or thing; nuisance. 2. an insect or other small animal that harms or destroys garden plants, trees etc.’ “Anyone who has had their garbage cans knocked over and rummaged through, leaving trash and rotting food strewn throughout their lawn, would agree that raccoons can be ‘noxious,’ ‘objectionable,’ ‘nuisance-[causing]’ or ‘annoying’ animals,” he wrote. But Deputy District Attorney Jennifer DiGiovanni disagreed, telling Judge Manning that Mr. Killgallon’s actions were in violation of the new law. “A raccoon is very different from a cockroach, lice or some insect,” she said. A homeowner does have a right to dispose of nuisance wildlife under state law, but Ms. DiGiovanni said, it needs to be done in a humane manner. “If you look at what is a humane disposition,” she said, “it does not include drowning.” Judge Manning questioned whether it is legal to trap raccoons, and Ms. DiGiovanni agreed that it is. But typically, once that is done, a home owner calls animal control. “They don’t drown it in a barrel in the back yard,” she said. “He doesn’t kill these animals because they’re rabid. He killed them because he doesn’t like them.” Judge Manning suggested that the two sides try to reach a plea agreement. If not, he said, he would issue a decision at a later date.

Legality of Relocating Trapped Raccoons in Ohio
Raccoons are very well adapted to living in Cleveland, Akron and the surrounding suburbs. In Ohio, the laws permit homeowners and business owners to trap sick or nuisance raccoons without a permit. However, people can not release the raccoon on another homeowner’s property, in a new area or in a local park. People who buy a trap and catch a raccoon with peanut butter need to kill it (euthanize) or release it on their own property.

Best-In-Show Baked Goods Eaten During Masked Geauga County Fair Burglary
BURTON (AP) – Authorities have identified a suspect in an Ohio county fair burglary who took a bite out of best-of-show baked goods during the heist. The Plain Dealer reports that officials say whoever broke into an exhibit at the Geauga County Fair in northeast Ohio last week has a masked face, soft fur and walks on four legs. Wanted posters are now on display for a raccoon or raccoons that left paw prints on baked goods judged to be the best in show among the more than 1,000 entries submitted at the 195-year-old fair. Fair Board Director Paul Harris says the raccoon took “a little sample here and a little sample there” from seven of the 11 best-of-show entries, including breads, muffins, scones, pies and a chocolate cake.

Outdoors: Misunderstood Nature: Raccoons, Archery for Couples
Misunderstood Nature: Raccoons — Join a naturalist on an early morning hike to break down some common misconceptions about raccoons, 8-9:30 a.m. Cascade Valley Metro Park, Schumacher Valley Area, 1690 Cuyahoga St., Akron. 330-865-8065.

Motion-Activated Cameras Capture Animals Being Wild, Weird
CHEYENNE, WYO.: How does a bighorn sheep say “cheese?” Some charismatic critters caught by motion-detecting wildlife cameras seem to know how to strike a pose. But it’s not just show business. As these devices get ever smaller, cheaper and more reliable, scientists across the U.S. are using them to document elusive creatures like never before. “There’s no doubt — it is an incredible tool to acquire data on wildlife,” said Grant Harris, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife biologist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Remote cameras have photo­graphed everything from small desert cats called ocelots to snow-loving lynx high in the Northern Rockies. Harris cited images of javelinas, pig-like desert mammals, and coatimundi, members of the raccoon family, captured at higher latitudes in recent years. That could mean global warming is expanding their range northward, he said. Scientists deploying remote cameras in their work include researchers with the Wyoming Migration Initiative, who use global positioning to map the movements of elk, mule deer and antelope in and around Yellowstone National Park. They only have so many collars to track animals, meaning there’s a limit to the GPS data they can gather, said Matthew Kauffman, a University of Wyoming associate professor and initiative director. “You see one animal migrating, you don’t know if it’s migrating by itself, if it’s migrating with a calf, or if it’s migrating with 40 other animals,” Kauffman said.

Left for months

Remote cameras — which can be left in the backcountry for days, weeks or even months — help fill in blanks by showing how many animals are on the move over a given period, he said. Where to position them requires careful forethought. Clustering several around a watering hole, for instance, might produce many images but not a thorough profile of a population. “There’s this tension between subjectivity in where you put your camera and where it’s statistically sound,” Harris said. Sometimes smart-alecky humans turn up among the images. “I’ve seen people moon cameras, and that’s always funny,” he said. Remote video can also reveal details about animal behavior, including the mewling sounds of migrating mule deer. And live-streaming cameras for everything from bison in Saskatchewan, Canada, to the underwater kelp forest off California’s Channel Islands are always popular. As with all human intrusion into nature, remote cameras have downsides. Animals such as wolverines and bears have been known to attack them, though whether out of curiosity or aggression is hard to say. Also, the devices have become popular tools to help hunters scout for game, sparking a debate over fair-chase ethics. Then there’s the whole subjective thing about going into nature to get away from it all, including surveillance cameras. Anyway, to answer the question: A bighorn sheep that looks like it’s smiling probably isn’t saying “cheese” but sniffing pheromones and other scents in what’s called a flehmen response, said Harris. In other words … bleats us.

Slick Thinking: SF Animal Control Rescues Stuck Raccoon
A raccoon that became stuck in a generator at City College of San Francisco was rescued by animal control officers Wednesday. It was all in a day’s work for slick animal control officials Wednesday in San Francisco as they rescued a raccoon that found itself in a rather precarious position. The raccoon was found stuck in a generator on the City College of San Francisco campus, according to Acting Lt. Eleanor Sadler of San Francisco Animal Care & Control. The animal’s head was protruding through a small opening at the front of the steel-paneled generator while its body appeared to be inside the large machine. A responding animal control officer was unable to free the raccoon initially as it was too upset and was thrashing around, Sadler said. “We transported the shelter veterinarian, Dr. Faith Albright. to the scene to sedate the raccoon,” she said. “Once unconscious, we were able to lube her up with baby oil and pull her out.” The raccoon was brought back to the SFACC shelter, where it was examined, declared fit and released to a nearby location. “She scampered off happily,” Sadler said.

Westlake, Ohio Animal Control

Responsibilities: The Westlake Animal Control Officer manages all issues related to animals, from public education regarding ordinances and laws, to citizen complaints about invasive animals. The Animal Control Officer patrols the city, enforces such laws, and provides solutions to animal-related issues to make Westlake a safe place for residents and animals, too.


Animal control services include:

  • Consulting on wildlife conflicts
  • Coordinating adoption of homeless animals
  • Managing the City’s kennel
  • Notifying owners of found pets
  • Picking up animals at large
  • Tending to injured, sick and trapped wildlife

Living with an urban deer population can be a challenge to residents, visitors and travelers in any Northeast Ohio suburb, including Westlake.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) website has suggestions on dealing with various species of animals, including deer.

Our Dealing with Deer Issues in Westlake Ohio Guidelines (PDF) draw from the ODNR information and also provide specifics on what techniques are permitted within the city, including:

  • Garden Damage
  • Landscape Damage
  • Tree Rubbing Damage
  • Deer Vehicle Accidents
  • Aggressiveness
  • Do I have an Orphaned Fawn?

As a reminder: Hunting animals within the City of Westlake by anyone other than law enforcement is prohibited.  Feeding deer is prohibited by Westlake Ordinance 505.22.

Brecksville, Ohio Department of Animal Control

Bats: Bats are a mammals that hibernate in the winter months. Most bats are nocturnal creatures. Their daylight hours are spent grooming and sleeping; they hunt during the nighttime hours. The means by which bats navigate while finding and catching their prey in the dark.  Bats seem to use their ears to locate and catch their prey. Bat roosts can be found in hollows, crevices, foliage, and even human-made structures, and include “tents” the bats construct by biting leaves.

Cats: Currently there are no leash laws in Brecksville for cats. With the growing population of Coyote, it may be a good idea to keep your cat indoors, especially after dusk. Please make sure your cat is up to date with annual vaccinations to ensure he or she remains healthy. Also, spaying and neutering is recommended to prevent the growing number of unwanted kittens. If your cat should become missing, always contact the Animal Warden before thinking the worst. Your cat may have been picked up by the Animal Warden and is at the Brecksville pound waiting for you to come and get him or her.

Coyotes: The coyote is a dog like mammal that can weigh 30 to 70 pounds. They are muscular and lean with a slinky gait. The tail is bushy. Colors can range from light beige to black. They are a very intelligent canine and are known for their caginess and are considered to be one of the most versatile animals in the U.S. The coyote population has increased immensely all across the United States creating more situations where they are interacting with humans. As you probably know we have a significant coyote population in Brecksville. Often times you can hear them howling at night. Coyotes benefit us by keeping the squirrel, mole and rabbit population down. They are also known to eat other rodents as well as deer and Canadian Geese. Therefore they also pose a danger to outdoor cats and small dogs. Coyotes have proven to be adaptable living both in the parks and urban areas. They are opportunistic scavengers. They eat carcasses of deer and feast on apples, berries and bird seed. As mentioned before cats can become a meal as can a small dog or groundhog if the opportunity arises. Usually a nocturnal animal, coyotes do adapt to urban life. There are many sightings during the day. As with any city wildlife they can lose their fear of humans. Feeding any wildlife inadvertently encourages coyotes because you are feeding their prey. Coyotes change their location frequently but tend to have their young in the same location every spring. Dens are usually in thick brush or in a hole on the side of a ravine. While coyotes pose little danger for humans they would aggressively protect their with young in it.

Dogs: Prevention; First and foremost have identification on your dog. It is required by law that your dog be vaccinated for rabies. Your veterinarian will provide a numbered tag that will identify your vet and your dog. Also required is a license for your dog. This also can be an identification-a free call home for your dog. A tag with your phone and address Lease your dog especially if he is easily distracted. Frequently check fencing or batteries for electronic fencing. Obedience training solves many problems. It can be practical and makes for happier dog owners and happier dogs. If you find your dog missing: Call the police non-emergency number 440-526-8900. Give the name and description of the dog and the area where you think he was lost. Also, your phone number. Call all surrounding suburbs-North Royalton, Independence, Broadview Heights and leave a message with their animal control. Call the Cuyahoga County Kennel in Valley View, the Summit County Animal Shelter and the Geauga County Kennel. If you are in the park or a rural area leave your car where you parked. A dog very often comes back to the familiar. Signs posted on bulletin boards in the local stores can be helpful. Petfinder on the internet is also helpful.

Rabies: Rabies is a viral disease that causes acute encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in warm-blooded animals. The disease is zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted from one species to another, such as from dogs to humans, commonly by a bite from an infected animal. For a human, rabies is almost invariably fatal if postexposure prophylaxis is not administered prior to the onset of severe symptoms. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The rabies virus travels to the brain by following the peripheral nerves. The incubation period of the disease is usually a few months in humans, depending on the distance the virus must travel to reach the central nervous system. Once the rabies virus reaches the central nervous system and symptoms begin to show, the infection is effectively untreatable and usually fatal within days. Early-stage symptoms of rabies are malaise, headache and fever, progressing to acute pain, violent movements, uncontrolled excitement, depression, and hydrophobia. Finally, the patient may experience periods of mania and lethargy, eventually leading to coma. The primary cause of death is usually respiratory insufficiency. It is imperative to keep your pet’s rabies vaccination up todate. Please report any bites or suspicious behavior of domestic or wild animals to the Animal Warden at 526-8900. For more information on rabies click here.

Raccoons: Raccoons have increased by 400% in the last 10 years. Because of the overpopulation oftentimes they seek shelter in chimneys, attics and under decks. Spring is the time they have their young and therefore are looking for the uncapped chimney. All homes should have chimney caps on all chimneys. Screening over vents should be checked and replaced if worn or torn. Garbage cans should be unavailable to these nocturnal bandits. Garage doors should be kept down after dark. Trees or shrubs that offer axis to the roof of your home should be trimmed or removed. Raccoons are omnivorous and will eat just about anything from bird seed to peanut butter sandwiches. They do not hibernate but if the weather is bad they may not be active.

Skunks: In February and march skunks are breeding. May and June the babies will be venturing out of the den. A litter can be as small as 2 or as large as 10. Skunks are not aggressive. They have poor eyesight and may unintentionally walk toward you. As soon as they know you are present they stop, retreat or if frightened, spray. The skunk spray is an oil that adheres to whatever it hits. This is the defense system that skunks use to halt a dog, raccoon or person. Loud startling noises (a scream) can also cause a skunk to spray. Skunks are omnivorous but seem to especially like hickory, fish and bird seed. Skunks do not hibernate but when it is extremely cold they will not venture out of their den. Skunks tend to live in or under woodpiles, under decks or sheds, or in an abandoned groundhog hole. If you have concerns or problems with skunks call the Animal Warden. Often times red, gray, or flying squirrels gain access to homes through chimneys, vents or holes in the siding. They are very hard to catch. Smoke detectors should always be in working order but especially if squirrels are in your attic, walls or furnace. They have been known to chew wiring and cause fires. If you have a squirrel problem call animal control at 440-526-8900.

Bear Spotted In Brecksville
BRECKSVILLE, Ohio — A bear has been spotted in a Brecksville neighborhood, prompting city officials to issue some tips to residents. A man who lives in the Fitzwater neighborhood spotted a baby black bear in his back yard on Aug. 7 around 3 a.m. The homeowner told officials he leaves a bowl of food in his back yard for stray cats, and the bear was eating out of the bowl. No one was harmed, said officials, and no photos were taken. The department suggests the following tips to keep wildlife/bears away from your home:

  • Do not feed your cat or dog outside, and if you have to, make sure you bring in the dishes immediately after your pet is finished eating.
  • Birdseed is an attractive snack for bears and other unwanted wildlife.
  • Keep garbage cans in your garage or shed until garbage pick-up day.
  • Clean the grease from your grill each time you use.

The department suggests the following tips if you see a bear:

  • Remain calm; generally, bears are not aggressive and do not want to be near you.
  • Avoid eye contact and back away slowly.
  • Allow the bear a route to escape.
  • Do not run or climb a tree; that could cause the bear to chase you.

Most bear sightings happen between Memorial Day and July 4.  For a photo gallery of black bears spotted in Northeast Ohio neighborhoods in recent years, click here.

For the Brecksville Department of Animal Control, click here.

City of Cleveland Animal Control Services FAQ’s
Question: Does the City of Cleveland have a service that traps nuisance wildlife? Who do I contact?
Answer: You can contact the Division of Animal Control at 216.664.3069. Residents have several service options to choose from regarding nuisance wildlife.

  • You can use your own trap. Animal Control will pick up any trapped wildlife except skunks (contracted trappers will pick up skunks). We will return the trap or it can be picked up at Animal Control which is located at 2690 West 7th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.
  • You can borrow a trap from us for a $20 returnable deposit. We will pick up any trapped wildlife except skunks (contracted trappers will pick up skunks). The trap will be returned or it can be picked up and used until you are satisfied. The deposit is returned when the trap is returned.
  • The wildlife can be put on the contracted Wildlife Trapper list. Time frame for this service is unknown because it is difficult to estimate how long it will take the trapper to handle each assigned service call.
  • If you are in need of trapping services, call 216.664.3069 and leave your name, address, zip code, phone number, and type of nuisance animal. The trapper is not contracted to trap animals that are inside homes. If an animal becomes trapped inside your house, it is your responsibility to handle that situation. The Wildlife Trapping Service is available from April 15th to October 31st each year.

Squirrel in Pickerig Attic Chewed Right In Through Roof Vent!
Eastern Grey Squirrels chewed their way in through the a relatively new roof in Pickering, ON. Many people are surprised when they encounter trouble with wild animals needing to be removed after having a new roof. New or old, unless a roof has been animal-proofed the WILDOUT Way, it’s vulnerable to nuisance wildlife.

Squirrel Chewing a Hole in Fascia On YouTube
Squirrels being rodents, they need to constantly chew to keep their teeth at a manageable length. Unfortunately, this often means they chew through parts of your home to gain access — killing two birds with one stone! They satisfy their chewing needs while also creating an entry point to a brand new home.

Squirrels Causing Major Damage To Local Homes
According to one pest control worker, it’s the most calls he’s seen in over 30 years.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Local wildlife experts tell NBC Charlotte they’re busy responding to calls of squirrels chewing into and damaging local homes. According to one pest control worker, it’s the most calls he’s seen in over 30 years. These little critters were seen ripping through roofs, chewing on wires and in some cases, sparking fires. “She was ripping it to shreds and that’s why the customer called us,” said Dustin Pike of A-1 Wildlife Control. “Twenty-two squirrels all males,” Pike said.  Some homeowners might even say, “it’s nuts.” South Charlotte resident Barbara Shaper had unwanted house guests in her attic. “That’s the vent,” Shaper said. “He kept finding more and more wires that had been chewed… I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on hauling out squirrels.” Barbara is not alone in having her forever home turned into a nut house. “Seventy-five percent increase in squirrels in attics and surprisingly in select zip codes,” Allen Eckman of A-1 Wildlife Control said. Eckman said he has received higher volumes of squirrel-related calls from the following zipcodes: 28210, 28226, 28269, 28270 and 28277.

Cute? Fuzzy? No, just pure evil
It started, as these things do, innocently. We’ve always liked to feed the birds in the winter, giving them some easy nutrition and they giving us something cheerful and lively to watch in the starkness of winter. I’ve had a years-long battle with my bird-feeding nemesis, the squirrel. My level of spending on squirrel-proof feeders over the years has helped Pet Expo thrive. Big-cone baffles, bird feeders that close when a squirrel jumps on, caged feeders, spinning feeders. I thought of attaching little exploding mines to the bird feeder post but wasn’t sure it met with North Mankato ordinances. Squirrels laugh at my squirrel proofing. A big cone on the post under the feeder? No problem, they hurl themselves from the house roof to land on top of the feeder. This fall I tried a new approach I’d seen. A long thin rope from house to tree with the feeders hung from it in the middle. It looked like a hit, no squirrels just birds happily flitting in and out. That lasted three days. The squirrel came down the tree trunk, eyeing the feeders out of reach. He cautiously tiptoed out onto the rope heading for the feeders. This squirrel may have trained with the Flying Wallendas, walking tightropes and sailing off of trapezes with the greatest of ease. I was waiting for him to pedal a little bike across the rope with another squirrel standing on his shoulders. He got to one of the feeders without a cage and hung upside down while he feasted. I bought a small cable to replace the rope. Thin and slippery, I thought — he won’t get a grip on it. A couple of days later, he tried and fell a few times. Then he grabbed on, flipped upside down and crab crawled out to the feeders. It took a few days of pondering, watching the blasted rodents out my window until the solution crystallized. PVC pipe. After duct tape, PVC solves many of life’s problems. I got small tubing, cut it into a few short pieces and slid it over the cable. The squirrel later looked at it, amused. He set out, flipped around on the tubing and fell. He tried and tried and tried again. Then gave up. I’d reached squirrel-proofing nirvana. The rest of the winter they’ve left the feeders alone. Another person in the house, who will remain unnamed, thought it would be sweet to feed the cute squirrels some cob corn and peanuts as some sort of compensation for denying them bird feed. They loved it. Squirrels from far and wide loved it. We have a dozen of them in the yard now. They go through the corn and peanuts quickly. We have a heater in a birdbath out front, too. All the articles on bird feeding say the birds need water in the winter. I almost never see a bird on the birdbath. But the squirrels think it’s a delight, jumping up and taking long drinks. I suppose they’re parched after eating pounds of the expensive peanuts in the shell. But when that many squirrels are in one place, they look for trouble. Sitting in the living room last week we heard chewing, coming from the attic or soffit. I went outside with a flashlight and walked around the house. In the back, at a spot where the soffit board had pulled apart a bit, was a hole chewed through, big enough for the squirrels to crawl through. Thursday night, in the dark and snow and wind, I crawled up the ladder and nailed a board over the hole, cursing the furry-tailed rodents and an unnamed woman. But had I just locked the squirrels out of or inside the attic? I got the live animal trap, put in some peanut butter on crackers and crawled into the attic. So far nothing. But I don’t trust them. They may be in the attic, knowing what I’m up to, being quiet until I’m gone for work and then looking for a way out of the attic and ways to hold the trap door open while they go in to get the peanut butter crackers. I’m not paranoid. I’ve seen those furry spawn of Satan do worse.

  • Ohio Man Says He Drove Through Flood To Save Hundreds Of Exotic Pigeons
    CINCINNATI, OH (WCMH) – A man whose drive through Cincinnati floodwaters was cut very short says he had a good reason to do what he did. Cellphone video captured Rick Leimann trying to drive through floodwater near Cincinnati last Sunday in Cincinnati. He says he didn’t realize how deep the water was, WCPO reported. “I drove through it earlier Sunday morning and it was about a foot, foot-and-a-half. My truck’s got 20 inch tires. I thought I would be all right,” said Leimann. Then, his truck hit something under the water and blew a tire. That’s when Leimann had to bail out through the driver’s side door window. “When I got down here and the water’s here. So, I grabbed the door like this and I realize that the water is pushing the truck toward the harbor and out there it’s 40/50 deep,” said Leimann. Police urge people not to do what Leimann did, but he was determined to get back to his boat shop, where he breeds exotic pigeons. “The whole reason I did this to get across is I have 300 exotic birds in the back of my boat shop,” said Leimann. “When I got back there, the water was about a foot away from them.” Leimann has breeds from the Middle East, England and India. He breeds them and sells them around the world. He says he has been raising and showing pigeons since he was a child. “I’ve just sold 12 birds to China and they went for $22,000. The most I ever got for a bird was $10,000,” said Leimann. “If the water got in here I couldn’t replace the breed I have. That’s why I had to get here. Besides, I love them like my kids. They’re living animals and I would sacrifice myself for my animals.” While he acknowledges driving through floodwaters was a bad call, he says he would do it all over again to save his birds.
  • Celebrating Chimney Swifts
    During the next few weeks, grab a chair, head outside right before sunset and look up at the sky above your chimney. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a swarm of chimney swifts circling through the air and chirping before they funnel in a swirling cloud of wings into the chimney to roost. The birds, which migrate from breeding grounds in the eastern United States and Canada — including Ohio — to south of the equator for the winter, will remain in central Ohio for a little while. Dick Tuttle, a retired science teacher and an avid bird-watcher, has spent the past few weeks watching chimneys across central Ohio. The usual spots are large chimneys at schools.
    “If you show up 15 minutes before sunset, the birds will be circling … up to half hour after sunset,” he said. Before cities and suburbs, chimney swifts nested in hollow trees, mostly east of the Rocky Mountains. When the trees came down to make way for farms, houses and cities, the birds adapted, choosing to roost inside chimneys, according to the Driftwood Wildlife Association’s Chimney Swift Nest Site Research Project, a Texas group that studies swifts and their patterns. Watching them is peaceful: Their beating wings whoosh against a darkening sky, and they chirp at one another as they circle their roosting spots. And they are midair acrobats, drinking, bathing, eating — even copulating — in flight, according to the Audubon Society. They eat enough mosquitoes, spiders, flies and termites every day to equal nearly one-third of their body weight. One chimney swift family will eat more than 12,000 flying insects every day. But not everyone loves the birds. Paul and Georgean Kyle of the Driftwood Wildlife Association say that some chimney owners don’t want the birds in their chimneys, even for a few weeks each autumn. But the birds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1916, which prohibits people from removing nests, eggs or birds from chimneys. Kicking the birds out threatens their survival, the Kyles said. Young birds that wait in the nests for their parents to bring them food can’t fly for long, and if the birds are forced to leave the chimneys, the young ones will die. Toni Stahl, who lives in Dublin and built a tower in her yard for chimney swifts, said the birds, which return on their northern migration in the spring, are an indication that winter is over. “They are very happy-sounding; they make this chitter noise,” she said. “To me, they are the sign of spring, when I come out and I can hear that happy sound.” Stahl built her chimney tower because she worried about the bird’s declining population. Fewer hollow trees and fewer big, old chimneys also threaten the bird. Both the Audubon Society and the Driftwood Wildlife Association say numbers are dwindling. That’s sad for enthusiasts such as Stahl and Tuttle. On a recent weeknight, Tuttle watched a chimney at Sells Middle School in Dublin. Just around sunset, swifts began to circle the school before dropping into the chimney. For 30 minutes, they circled and dropped. Tuttle estimated that about 1,550 swifts nested in the chimney that night. Tuttle said he has seen many swifts swirling in and out of chimneys in Delaware and Dublin, but any building with a big chimney could be a nesting spot. These birds, he said, are making their way to Peru and Ecuador for the winter. “They’re hopscotching their way down.”
  • ‘Chubs’ The Potbelly Pig Found Roaming She Streets Of Euclid
    EUCLID, Ohio — Euclid police encountered an unusual suspect walking the city’s streets Wednesday afternoon. Officers received a call just after noon that someone saw a pig roaming along East 220th Street, Lt. Mitch Houser said. The 100-pound pig was rolling on on its back as neighbors fed him dog and cat treats. “It’s the most hilarious thing,” Houser said. “I just never seen a pig that up close before.” Officers used a ramp and lured the pig into a van with the promise of more food. Chubs was taken to the Euclid Animal Shelter where he’ll await his owner’s return, Houser said. Euclid Animal Control Officer Ann Mills said Chubs made an impression at the shelter with volunteers and the other animals. He sleeps in the kennel on a dog bed, too. When asked what Chubs prefers to eat, a choir of shelter volunteers shouted “everything!” When he’s out of the kennel and rooting around the office, Chubs uses his snout to open cabinets and gets into the pig feed and dog food. After a good meal he rests on the ground and welcomes a belly rub and a few photos. But Chubs gets a little feisty around food, Mills said. Mills said she spoke with the owner, who has 60 days to remove Chubs from Euclid. City laws say that all pigs, including potbelly pigs like Chubs, are considered to be a farm animals and are not allowed within city limits. If the owner doesn’t claim Chubs within 60 days, he’ll be relocated to a pig shelter.
  • You Can Catch Groundhogs Yourself, But You May Not Want To
    They feast on fresh vegetables. They dine on beautiful flowers. They burrow holes in the ground. “They” are groundhogs. This time of year — especially — these rodents can wreak havoc. These aren’t cuddly and cute like Punxsutawney Phil or the Pennsylvania Lottery’s Gus. These are trouble-causing and annoying, and homeowners can take matters into their own hands to catch them or call out the experts.WHO ARE THESE GROUNDHOGS?Known by many names — chuck, groundhog, whistle pig, marmot, monax and others — the woodchuck is a common Pennsylvania game animal. They are closely related to tree and ground squirrels, chipmunks, prairie dogs and marmots. Description: A groundhog is a mammal about 20-26 inches long, including a bristly, six-inch tail. Weights of adults vary from five to 10 pounds, with extremely large animals as heavy as 12-15 pounds.Territory: Found throughout Pennsylvania in open fields, meadows, pastures, fencerows, and woodland edges and even deep in the woodsDiet: Groundhogs eat a variety of vegetation including green grasses, clover, alfalfa dandelion greens, garden vegetables such as beans, peas and carrots, and in the fall, apples and pears.”They’re selective,” says Richard Thorington, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. “They’ll go for your best cabbages and best foods that you have out there.”WHY WE DON’T LIKE THEMA groundhog’s burrow can be anywhere from 8 to 66 feet long, with multiple exits and a number of chambers. These holes aerate the soil and provide excellent escape hatches for many other animals, but they are dangerous to livestock and farm machinery. They are often thought of as a “valuable nuisance,” according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website. There can be several levels to their burrows, says Stam Zervanos, retired professor of biology at Penn State University in Reading. “They have a burrow for hibernating, and then they have another section of the burrow that’s more like their summer home where they can come out more easily.” In some cases, groundhogs have more than one residence and move from one burrow to another. Those impressive tunneling skills can cause problems for farmers; tractors can break an axle driving over them, Zervanos says. Or people can trip in one of the holes and break a leg.SO WHAT DO YOU DO?Wildlife in Pennsylvania is protected, however, protection is removed in cases where wildlife is causing property damage, says Travis Lau, communications director, Pennsylvania Game Commission. “They were here first. We built in their habitat, and if we provide them with the opportunity to have food then we have to accept that responsibility or go with a concrete yard to keep them from being a problem,” says Henry Kacprzyk, of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in Highland Park.Some options:Hunting: Property owners who are experiencing damage due to groundhogs always have the option of getting ride of them through hunting, assuming the property is not within the safety zone of a neighboring structure — generally, 150 yards when hunting with a firearm, 50 yards when hunting with a bow.Live-trapping: Setting traps is a good option for many wildlife species that are causing damage, such as rabbits, which can then be released at another approved location. But if you catch a groundhog, you’ll probably have to kill it.”Since groundhogs are a rabies vector species, they should not be relocated,” Lau says. “Property owners who live trap groundhogs should be prepared to dispatch them. And given that the animal is in a trap at close range, it is a potentially risky situation. Live traps too always are capable of catching skunks.””If you trap one, and then release it, you are creating a problem for someone else,” Kacprzyk says.Hiring an expert. The cost starts around $50 and can be more based on mileage and amount of traps. “Most people try and trap them on their own, but they usually end up calling one of us to help them,” says Pete Cappa, owner of Cappa Wildlife Control Services, based in Export, who baits his cages with apples and cabbage. Licensed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission in Harrisburg, Cappa says there is a process to capturing a groundhog. He covers the bottom of a cage with dirt and makes sure it doesn’t smell like a predator because then the groundhogs won’t go in. This is a good time of year to get them, Cappa says, because once the first frost comes many will hibernate, and by late fall/early winter, they won’t be seen again until February or March. They certainly can be a nuisance, agrees John Wilkinson of Mt. Pleasant Township, who also is licensed through the game commission. “We put traps near creeks. They don’t have real good noses, so you have to kind of put it right in front of them,” says Wilkinson, who baits the cages with celery and carrots. “You have to know your target animal, but sometimes you get other animals, so you want a trap where you can release the animal you didn’t want to catch.” When Wilkinson and Cappa trap a groundhog they are required by the game commission to euthanize the animal.
  • Nuisance Animal Control 101
    If you’ve lived in a freestanding house for awhile — especially an older home — chances are you’ve heard it at least once or twice: the disconcerting rattle of tiny toenails in the attic. Animals run on instinct, and for creatures like raccoons, rats, squirrels and bats, their instinct tells them that one of their top priorities in life should be to find a dark, dry space and make it their personal crash pad. Whether that’s a hollow tree or the place you store your Christmas decorations all summer doesn’t really enter their furry little heads.Nuisance wildlife control is a multi-million dollar industry in Arkansas, with most of the calls coming from urban homeowners who don’t feel comfortable dealing with the problem themselves, or who can’t take the matter into their own hands because of various cities’ regulations on not-so-PC solutions like traps, poisons and discharging a firearm. Though other states have varying degrees of licensure and regulation over the industry, like a lot of smaller, niche professions in Arkansas, nuisance wildlife control is largely unregulated. Those on both the business and government side of things say that can be a problem. Still, as with anything, there are ways to help make sure you get a company that will get those noises out of your attic or crawlspace without causing an even bigger mess than you were trying to solve.Josh Hankins is the owner of Absolute Wildlife Nuisance Animal Removal, a 5-year-old company that travels all over the state, removing animals and making repairs to damaged caused by invading critters in both private homes and government buildings. Hankins is one of a handful of nuisance animal control operators in the state that hold both residential and commercial contractors’ licenses through the state contractor’s board. The residential license is required to repair any damage over $2,000. The commercial license certifies his company to repair damage over $20,000. As for the removal of the animals that has to take place before those repairs can begin, Hankins said that there is some basic regulation of the industry through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (which oversees the control of fur-bearing animals) and the Arkansas Plant Board (which deals with issues related to the removal and relocation of unwanted honeybee colonies), but he believes there needs to be more. Lax regs, he said, open the door to “fly-by-night” operators who might not know what they’re doing.”There is no regulative body that watches over this industry in particular, and it’s unfortunate because it hurts people like us who try to go in and do it right,” he said. “It makes a bad name for the industry if a customer has dealt with two other companies that didn’t do it properly.”In most urban cases, Hankins’ company live-traps animals before relocating them outside the city limits. While people in rural areas generally handle the issue of nuisance animal control themselves in ways that would probably get PETA’s knickers in a bunch, Hankins said that taking an animal issue into your own hands isn’t always feasible, comfortable or wise. He’s seen jobs, for example, where a homeowner patched an exterior entry hole and unwittingly sealed an animal inside an attic, with the creature then proceeding to either find a way to bust through into the living space or dying in there, turning a $300 problem into a stench that costs thousands to clear out.”People will hear something in their attic and see a hole and think: Well, if I’ll patch the hole, it’ll fix it,” he said. “I always tell customers: if you see a hole, the last thing you want to do is patch it if you’ve got any indication that there’s something inside. A lot of the animals that we deal with are communal. If you go patching a hole, you could potentially trap hundreds of critters inside.”Blake Sasse is the non-game and furbearing mammal biologist for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and is in charge of what oversight there is of nuisance animal control companies in the state. He said that when it comes to the issue of animal removal, companies currently operate under the same regulations that any private homeowner would be required to follow. While Sasse said that others states do have tighter regulations on their nuisance animal companies and there has been some discussion in the past in Arkansas over whether there should be more regulation, the creation of any new rules wouldn’t have much effect on the practices of the industry as it stands. New requirements would require an outlay of cash for new enforcement needs. He said he “personally goes back and forth” over whether there needs to be more regulation of the nuisance animal industry, but admits that without spending more money and manpower on administration and enforcement, it’s hard to see the benefit.”We just haven’t seen much advantage to it,” Sasse said. “We’re already pretty liberal in what sort of activities we allow people to do to control nuisance animal problems. Generally a license lets you do extra things that normal people wouldn’t be able to do. There just isn’t much beyond what we allow now that would be of much help to [companies and customers].”Sasse said that animal issues can become expensive quickly, depending on the species and how long it has been there. His specialty is bat colonies, and he said that while bats don’t usually chew on things or damage exterior walls and roofs like a squirrel, rat or raccoon might, a quiet, long-established colony of bats in an attic can leave behind large quantities of guano. While the droppings aren’t necessarily harmful, Sasse said old piles can begin to grow a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum, which can infect humans (if you’ve ever been pregnant, you’ve probably heard of histoplasmosis. It’s the disease that leads doctors to warn pregnant women against cleaning their cat’s litter box). Sasse said most Arkansans have already been exposed to the fungus because it’s common in the state, but it can have serious health complications for those with compromised immune systems.For those looking to both get an animal out and fix the damage so an infestation doesn’t reoccur, Sasse said homeowners should talk to the nuisance animal control contractor and make sure of their specialty. Depending on the contractor, he said it might turn out better (and possibly cheaper) to have the animal removed, then hire a non-animal-control carpentry company to come fix the entry points. “You might be basically hiring somebody who is really good at catching animals to catch the animals as well as fix the damage,” he said. “There might be people who are able to fix the damage a lot cheaper who specialize in carpentry and home repair and all that. That’s kind of a different ballgame. That might be like asking a heart specialist to give you your annual physical.”The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website has a list of about 100 nuisance animal companies around the state (which Sasse called “fairly comprehensive”) as well as links to pages that help homeowners know what kinds of questions to ask to help find a reputable nuisance animal control contractor.
  • Removal Fee A Nuisance For Wildlife Pests
    People contacting the city because raccoons or squirrels are running around their houses are being referred to three private contractors who will handle each incident on a case-by-case basis – and likely at a hefty cost. This represents a change from past practice when the Peoria Animal Welfare Shelter was the first responder in handling wildlife nuisance calls at no cost except for the annual amount the organization was funded by city taxpayers. The change has been slowly integrated into the city’s policies two weeks after PAWS and City Hall split, a move endorsed by the City Council late last year in an effort to save money. “If there is an expense, it is the property owner’s responsibility,” said Shawn Stout, customer service representative with the city who also oversees PeoriaCARES, the city program residents are instructed to call whenever they have a wildlife complaint. Critter Control, American Pest Control and Nuisance Wildlife Removal are contacted by Stout or other city employees if calls about wildlife come in to PeoriaCARES. That phone number is 494-2273.
    All three groups have individuals with the proper permits to handle wildlife. Touching, trapping and removing wildlife is illegal in Illinois, and can carry stiff fines and penalties.   No employee with the city is permitted through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to handle nuisance wildlife calls. An IDNR spokesman said cities can obtain a Class C permit “rather easily” to handle these calls, but no one with Peoria has obtained one.   Isbell said in the past, if a raccoon got inside your house, PAWS would handle the call and remove it. Now, it could cost $200 or so to have him or other private contractors do it. “That’s really going to upset people because they will pay to have it done,” he said. PAWS, which still handles the rest of the county’s wildlife calls, will still handle any bat-related calls within the city since bats are high carriers of rabies. Aside from that, “we’ve had a few calls we had to turn down,” said Lauren Malmberg, executive director with Peoria County Animal Control Protection Services. “We’ve been referring them to PeoriaCARES and the Police Department.” Malmberg, an employee with the animal shelter for more than 25 years, said she had not been aware of how the city was handling its wildlife complaints aside from referring calls to PeoriaCARES. Wildlife issues are common in Peoria. According to PAWS, there were more than 200 calls related to wildlife in the city’s 3rd District of the East Bluff during 2008, an area of the city where the most wildlife-related calls occurred. Third District City Councilman Timothy Riggenbach said concerns about who will handle wildlife issues have been discussed during neighborhood meetings, but that he has not received any complaints since the city and PAWS split. Officials also report no significant wildlife-related calls have occurred in the city in the past two weeks. “So far, so good, I think,” Riggenbach said. “Everyone is buying a little time here.” Gary Isbell, with Nuisance Wildlife Removal, has a state permit. He said he’s concerned people will handle wild animal trapping on their own, and not with a licensed individual who charges for services. “I’m afraid now with the city out of the business it will be the good old boy who does the job down the street and someone will get hurt and arrested,” Isbell said. “You have to follow a procedure.” Stout said once calls are received at PeoriaCARES, the city will assess each of them. If the call warrants an emergency, the city’s Police Department might be contacted. If not, he filters the complaint to the right group, such as the private contractors.
  • Bats Irritating Northeast Ohio Residents
    CLEVELAND (AP) – Many northeast Ohio communities are seeing increased numbers of small, winged guests in their homes and offices. Columbia Township recently got rid of approximately 2,000 bats that had lived in the Town Hall attic for years. The township finally decided to oust the bats after one turned up under the clerk’s desk. Elbert Adkins of Ace Wildlife Services in Cleveland said that his company has been dealing with nothing but bats for the last two weeks and that he expects the calls to continue for two more. Bats generally love hot weather but it’s gotten too hot for them in attics lately, which sends them inching downward in search of cooler temperatures. Adkins said that’s when they end up inside the living quarters of residents’ homes. He said that this year is particularly bad because recent mild winters have given brown bats reason to migrate, so their numbers are increasing.
  • 10 Pest Control Franchise Opportunities to Consider
    Infestations of bugs and insects are an unhealthy inconvenience in the home and in commercial environments. In domestic settings, infestations can lead to damage to property and can prove detrimental to health. In commercial premises, pest invasions can result in business closure and a significant loss of income. Given the pressing demand to identify and control infestations ethically, quickly and efficiently, pest control franchises provide a great opportunity for those looking to be their own boss in an industry that is in high demand.  If the thought of running your own pest control company and embarking on a rewarding, challenging and in-demand business venture sounds appealing, take a look at the following ten pest control franchise opportunities in the United States.Critter Control franchisees provide environmentally-responsible pest and wildlife management solutions. The company began franchising in 1987. In 2011, Critter Control began offering home pest control services. Investments for a Critter Control franchise range between $23,725 and $94,575. Franchisees benefit from Critter Control’s recognizable brand name, a high ranking website presence, qualified personnel, mentor networking opportunities, comprehensive initial, on-going training, and more.
  • Coyote Captured In Lakewood.. But Threat To Small Pets Not Over Yet
    LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Lakewood pet owners can breathe a bit easier after several coyotes have been seen wandering in the area. Authorities have captured one of the animals, but the threat to small pets is not over yet. At least two dog owners reported their dogs had been attacked.  “Hi, I live on Edgewater and I just wanted to let the city know that a coyote just jumped my fence and went after one of my little terriers,” said one resident during a previous call to 911. Police and animal control officers set up traps near the lakefront and contacted Jim Damien, owner of Cages by Jim for help. “I set it up for snares, three different locations and they called me back two hours later and said the male coyote was in the trap,” said Jim Damien, owner of Cages by Jim, a company that captures nuisance wild animals. Last Friday, St. Patrick’s Day, Jim retrieved the animal from behind a home on Kirtland Lane, after officers had destroyed it. “Normally what happens is when the alpha male is captured, the female will take off and if she had pups, she’ll take them and move to another location; obviously this is no longer a safe place to stay,” said Damien. Jim says it is hard to tell where the female coyote might be now. “She can have a territory of four miles, so she can be down at Whiskey Island; she could be in Bay Village; she can be anywhere four miles straight down the line or into town. She could be up on Detroit Road some place in Lakewood,” Damien said.
  • Hamburg Removes “Unauthorized” Animal Traps After Dogs Are Hurt
    HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) – Who would put animal leg-hold traps in popular recreation areas in Hamburg? That was the question angry residents and animal advocates raised after two dogs were injured when they were caught in traps located near the Town of Hamburg golf course and Taylor Road Park (Taylor Road Family Recreations Facility) in mid-February. At first, town officials were not sure and police were involved. However, it turned out that employees at the town golf course took it upon themselves to hire a DEC licensed animal trapper to help deal with nuisance animals like coyotes. According to Hamburg Recreation Director Martin Denecke, those involved did not seek the proper authorization from a department head, the Hamburg Town Board or Denecke himself.
  • Experts Warn About Hantavirus
    Hantavirus is a deadly virus that is carried most frequently by deer mice in the home. According to a press release Wednesday, “The virus can infect humans when they inhale dirt and dust contaminated with the feces and urine of mice.” Mice, though they live with humans, prefer to avoid human interaction and therefore live in places like old attics or barns that haven’t been visited in a while. Deer mice can be identified by their “light-colored stomach and relatively large ears,” which differs from ordinary, gray house mice.
  • How To Get Rid Of Bats (Or Birds) In Your Chimney
    Q: A new neighbor has bats in the chimney. How do we find someone to remove them?A: First, your neighbor should make sure they’re really bats. Although bats occasionally roost in old chimneys, it’s rare for them to locate in modern ones, said John Simpkins, one of the owners of Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control. “Ninety-nine percent of people who say they have bats in chimneys have chimney swifts,” he said.How to tell if it’s bats or birds? Go outside at dusk and watch the flight direction. Bats head out at dusk to feed, while chimney swifts head in to roost.If the creatures are chimney swifts, just wait a few weeks and they will leave on their own. Chimney swifts migrate to South America for the winter and don’t return until April. By then, your neighbor can have the chimney capped — or look forward to hosting these intriguing birds again. Chimney swifts are never around during fireplace season, so having the chimney cleaned in the fall eliminates the risk that the nests will block airflow. The babies do chatter as they beg their parents for food, with sound level highest during the last two weeks before they fly from the nest. But in return for putting up with that, anyone who hosts these birds gets great insect control and a close-up look at a fascinating species.”These fantastic fliers do almost everything on the wing — eat, drink, break off twigs for their nests and are even thought to copulate in flight,” the Maryland Department of Natural Resources says on a website page devoted to chimney swifts. The birds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. A federal permit is needed to remove chimney swifts and their nests during the nesting season.If your neighbor is dealing with bats, it might also be wise to wait a bit before trying to get them out because babies might still be inside. The only recommended way to exclude bats is to seal all entrances except one and then install a one-way door there so that once bats fly out, they can’t get back in. To avoid trapping babies that are too young to fly out, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources recommends waiting at least until September to install the one-way door. Bats hibernate beginning in November, so exclusion shouldn’t be done after that, for fear of trapping adults inside. It’s critical not to trap bats inside. If the trapped bats are adults, there’s more chance they will wind up in living space as they try to escape. And if adult or infant bats die inside, the house will stink.Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control charges $95 for a consultation visit, with that fee applied toward the final cost if work is done. Bat exclusion can range from several hundred dollars to thousands, depending on the size and style of the building and the difficulty of sealing entrances, Simpkins said.As part of any bat-exclusion project, the department recommends installing a bat house outside. This will protect the bats, which have declined by about 80 percent since the white-nose syndrome disease emerged in 2007. Having nearby roosting will also help discourage the bats from trying to find other ways into the house.Q: My porch light is on all night as a security measure. The bulb was sold as a “bug bulb,” but every morning I find the remains of flying insects all around the porch, as well as webs from the spiders that prey on them. What kind of bulb would be more effective?A: Try using an LED bug light. Like incandescent and compact-fluorescent bug lights, the LED version emits yellow light. That helps a lot because insects are drawn more to short-wavelength light: ultraviolet (UV), blue and green. They ignore long-wavelength light: yellow, orange and red.But LED bug lights work better than the other two types for two reasons: They produce the least heat and the least UV light, both of which are powerful lures for some insects.Whatever the source, yellow light always has some amount of blue light in it, so it’s never as effective as turning off the light. If you’re unwilling to do that, consider this tip, courtesy of the Home Depot Web page that offers a Philips LED bug light for $5.97: Use an LED bug light on your porch, but rig up a white light 15 to 20 feet away. Insects will be drawn to the white light, reducing the horde that might otherwise be drawn to the faint blue light from the bug bulb.Put the white light where dead insects can fall to the ground and disappear into the landscaping.
  • Edgewater Animal Control: Avoid, Report Infected Raccoons
    EDGEWATER, Fla. —  In response to increased reports of sick raccoons, Edgewater Animal Control officials are asking residents, pet owners and visitors to stay cautious. Animal Control officials said the sick should show signs and symptoms of distemper, which has symptoms including slower movements, confusion and aggression. Distemper can be deadly to pets. Officials are warning pet owners to not leave food outside that can attract wildlife and to contact their pet’s veterinarian to discuss vaccination options. If anyone notices a raccoon behaving abnormally or showing symptoms of distemper, they are advised to not approach it and to avoid contact with the raccoon.
  • Two Arrested In Assault Of Cleveland Animal Control Officer
    CLEVELAND– A Cleveland animal control officer is recovering from a broken leg after he was assaulted by two men, police say. The Cleveland City Kennel received a complaint about a barking dog that had been left outside a house on Spring Road on Thursday. An animal control officer went to investigate and issued the owner a warning. According to the police report, that’s when the officer was surrounded by several people. The dog’s owner, 41-year-old Matthew Timoch, punched the officer in the head and knocked him off the porch, the police report said. The victim broke his leg, but was able to put the Timoch in a choke hold so he could radio police for help. A second man, 49-year-old Douglas Spoden, ran up to the officer and tried to kick him in the face, the report said. Cleveland police officers arrived and arrested Timoch and Spoden for felonious assault. The victim was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment.
  • Army Vet Now On Animal Patrol
    Animal Control Officer Kris Zulkeski worked part-time as animal control officer for nearby Weston for four years, and was also in the private “nuisance wildlife control” industry — eventually having his own company, Connecticut Wildlife. “Trapping, removing, relocating, preventative maintenance,” he said. “In short, you have a raccoon in your attic, I was the guy to take the raccoon out and seal up that vulnerability that the raccoon was able to find to get in the attic.” When police Chief John Roche appeared before the selectmen recently on budget matters, he touted the new animal control officer’s background. “We’re very, very fortunate to have someone as qualified [as him],” he said. Zulkeski has kept up his license for nuisance wildlife control, so he can help residents deal with situations.
  • Proposed Regulations Would Require Animal Control Workers To Kill ‘Nuisance Animals’
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing changes that would require animal control workers to kill raccoons, opossums and coyotes. “These are nuisance animals. Nobody likes nuisance animals,” said Marty Benson with DNR. Within the past week, DNR sent a letter out to animal control companies outlining the potential kill order. “Some of these animals spread diseases. Some of them get into houses and cause problems. We have received complaints about them,” said Benson. Last year, Kirk Nuener with Admiral Wildlife Services trapped 468 raccoons. “I don’t believe I have a problem with the raccoon and coyote part of it. I want to hear what the DNR has to say about the opossum part,” said Kirk Neuner with Admiral Wildlife Services. Currently, wildlife animal control workers can either put an animal down or release them on property with the land owner’s permission. The land where the animal is released must be within the same county where it was captured. “Typically, that becomes someone else’s problems. These three animals are all abundant so they could be euthanized without harming the population at large,” said Benson. The DNR has a list of 11 approved euthanasia methods. “The wildlife control operator does that business which is a business not a lot of people want to get into but it is a necessary business to be done,” said Benson. DNR calls the change necessary while some animal control workers call it cruel. “My jaw dropped. I can’t believe that. There’s no reason for it,” said Michael Meservy with Advanced Pest Control. Meservy tells FOX59 one of the biggest reasons his customers chose him is because of his catch and release policy. If these new rules are passed, Meservy is calling it quits. “I tell you what I’m going to hang up by business if they actually make me do this. I will not be in business anymore as far as animal control. I won’t do it,” said Merservy.
  • 17 Things Lurking In The Woods Of Ohio That Can Kill You
    17 things lurking in the woods of Ohio that can kill you (but probably won’t)
    Your likelihood of dying in the back woods of Ohio is almost non-existent. You have a better chance of winning the lottery or getting struck by lightning than perishing from a rattlesnake bite or a bear attack. The Browns are more likely to win the Super Bowl this year than you are to be bitten by deadly Brown Recluse spider or a rabid coyote. That having been said, if you were to die in the forests of the Buckeye state, it will likely be at the hands (or fangs, or paws) of one of the things mentioned in this article.
  • How Likely Is A Coyote To Attack A Small Child In Northeast Ohio?
    Coyote sightings are on the rise right now due to mating season and pets have been attacked. But how safe are your kids? Could they be a target? To verify, we asked Harvey Webster, the Chief Wildlife Officer at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and Geoff Westerfield with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Westerfield said parents of small children should not be worried about a coyote attack on their child because they already have plenty to eat.  “Their primary diet is small rodents,” he said. “We’ve got no shortage of small rodents out in our yards.” Webster added there has only been one recorded attack on a person in Ohio.
    “By a coyote that actually had rabies,” he said. “Rabies is a game changer–any animal acts totally off its game.” But there have been several recorded attacks on children out west, particularly in greater Los Angeles, where at least one child died several years ago. Westerfield believes it is a case out there of too many people, not enough food, While Webster blames people who feed the wildlife. “Mammals like raccoons, or foxes or especially coyotes will get not only addicted to the food source,” he said, “They lose their natural fear of humans.” It is a case, both men say, which is not happening in Northeast Ohio. So, is a coyote likely to attack your child here? The answer is “no”—and that’s verified.
  • Amherst Man Who Shot At Squirrels Charged After Bullet Hits Neighbor’s Home
    AMHERST, Ohio– A man is facing charges after a bullet hit an Amherst home. Officers were called to a house on Beverly Drive on Sept. 6. A bullet from a .22 caliber rifle went through the outside wall and two more interior walls before ended up in the kitchen. No one was at home at the time. Police said detectives determined the shot came from a neighbor’s backyard. They questioned Zbigniew Stanley Puza and he admitted to shooting at squirrels on his property, according to police. Officers discovered two firearms and a video surveillance system. Puza was charged with criminal damaging and discharging firearms. Both are misdemeanors. The Amherst Police Department is reminding residents it is against the law to discharge a firearm within the city limits, unless they are at a gun range or defending their life.
  • Body Camera Video Shows Squirrel Attacking Police Officer
    BROCKPORT, N.Y. – A close encounter between a police officer and squirrel was caught on camera inside a home in upstate New York. Officers were called to the home northwest of Rochester on December 29 for reports of a squirrel in the kitchen, eating cookies. Police released body cam footage of the whole ordeal on Facebook. The officers enter the kitchen to find music blaring. A woman can be heard on the video telling them the squirrel turned the music on. Suddenly, the squirrel drops down from the ceiling onto a table and launches itself at one of the officers.   The squirrel then runs out of the room leaving the officers laughing hysterically. “Officers Sime and Dawson arrived on scene but were not at all expecting the warm welcome they would receive from the squirrel,” police wrote on Facebook. The officers finally captured the critter and released it unharmed. The officers were not injured. “Brockport Police will always go the extra mile to help their residents,” the Facebook post concluded.
  • Did You Know Stampeding Squirrels Once Overran Ohio, Damaging Crops?
    In the early 1800s, squirrels were a huge problem in Ohio. The population exploded in Kentucky and thousands of squirrels swam across the Ohio River to attack the corn fields of Ohio. It was no lie, the great squirrel invasion. There were so many squirrels swimming across the river that they almost sunk one of Lewis and Clark’s canoes at one point. Really, it’s in the history books. Squirrel invasions, or stampedes, were a huge problem in Ohio and Indiana. The state of Ohio actually required that all farmers kill a certain number of squirrels. That had to be one of the strangest laws on the books.
  • Watch: Beautiful Piebald Deer Spotted Hanging Out In Seven Hills
    SEVEN HILLS, Ohio — A wild-looking character has been seen popping up in Seven Hills and Parma. This handsome guy is a piebald deer. He was spotted this week by Fox 8 viewer Kelly Kishmarton. According to the Cleveland Metroparks, which posted a photo of a piebald deer last year, the coloration is caused by a genetic variation that happens in less than 1 percent of white-tailed deer. The Quality Deer Management Association said these types of deer can have other issues, like shortened or crooked legs, or curved spines. Piebald deer are more common than albino deer, which lack the genes responsible for pigmentation. Residents in Parma in October caught images and video of a piebald deer — it’s not clear if it’s the same deer seen by Kishmarton.
  • Westlake Police And Service Department Rescue Hawk At Marc’s
    WESTLAKE, Ohio – The fluttering of wings could be heard for almost a week inside the Westlake Marc’s store. A hawk had flown into the tall facade of the store, and at first employees thought it just didn’t want to leave. But after a week, they called the Westlake police, who came with the city’s service department and discovered that the hawk was unable to find the way out. Animal control officer Jim Wang said: “The hawk was caught in a glassed-in area that goes up about three stories–sort of a glass tower as you walk in. We think the hawk may have chased a smaller bird up there but couldn’t come back down.” Wang speculated that the reflections of all the glass confused the hawk, which just kept flying from window to window. It was no small task to rescue the bird. “They had to back up a bucket truck and had to juggle the bucket to get in place, Wang said. “I gave them my net, and then we took him to the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (LENSC) in Bay Village.” Taryn Leach, a wildlife specialist at LENSC, took it from there. “The hawk we received on Feb. 13 was a juvenile male Cooper’s hawk. When he arrived, he was thin, which we (attributed) to him being trapped at Marc’s for several days without food. Otherwise, he was in good condition and his behavior was exactly as we expect of Cooper’s hawks. “Because he was down in weight, we provided him with fluids and a liquid diet of Oxbox Carnivore Care. We supplemented it with solid food and he began eating immediately,” Leach said. In addition to Leach, the hawk was also treated by specialists Christine Cain and Amy LeMonds. “On Wednesday, Feb. 14, we felt he was in good enough shape to release him. We contacted a master bander that comes to band many of our birds before release and released him in the field across the street from the center,” Leach said. “His flight was strong and good and within a couple of minutes he was gone from our sight. This was a wonderful, positive story, and we are always happy to see the tail end of the birds as they fly free!”
  • Cleveland Worker Sues Over Right To Speak About On-The-Job Animal Attacks, Other Hazards And Harassment
    Crystal Jones, a worker at Cleveland’s garbage transfer station, says raccoons and feral cats have attacked city workers after dropping into the office through the ceiling at the transfer station.
  • Nuisance Wildlife Marshals Makes #1 on the 2018 Top FL Wildlife Removal List
    Strict qualifications were required for high placement on the 2018 Top Wildlife Removal Services List that takes place once a year for wildlife control industry professionals. The Animals Happen Wildlife Removal Network evaluated multiple criteria in order to narrow the field to the best 3 wildlife removal and pest control services for homeowners and residents in Orange County and Lake County Florida including the towns of Apopka, Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Longwood, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Oviedo, Orlando, Fern Park, Maitland, Lockhart, Winter Park, Ocoee, Winter Garden, Pine Hills, Doctor Phillips, Pine Castle, Belle Isle, the Conway area, and College Park.The criteria included but is not limited to excellent service reviews from multiple review platforms online and also the amount of 5 star ratings that collectively appeared for the companies. These reviews and ratings are only for specific services in the industry such at roof rat removal, rodent exclusion, dead animal removal, raccoon trapping, squirrel control, armadillo removal, attic restoration and animal damage repairs. The full list of items along with the selection criteria can be found on the Animals Happen company website.Among the highest ranked are the following top 3 organizations:#1 Nuisance Wildlife Marshals – 7405 Aldot Ln, Orlando, FL 32810 (407) 986-0795 https://nuisancewildlifemarshals.comNuisance Wildlife Marshals is a licensed company operating out of Orlando Florida. They have the highest online ratings and reviews for rat removal and bat control in their respective service areas. They also offer bat exclusion, bat proofing of homes and well as rat proofing for homes and rat exclusion.#2 Winter Garden Rat Solutions LLC – 643 Lake Beulah Cove Winter Garden, FL 34787 (407) 550-0056 http://orangecountyanimal.orgWinter Garden Rat Solutions LLC is a company operating out of Winter Garden Florida. They specialize specifically in the trapping and removal of nuisance rats that have entered attics. They offer attic restoration services for damaged attic insulation and also help with insurance claims for rat damages if the policy covers it.#3 Clermont Rat Removal Inc. – 13705 Laranja St Clermont, FL 34711 (352) 269-5600 http://lakecountyanimal.orgClermont Rat Removal Inc. is one of the longest running rat removal companies in Clermont, FL. The company was first started out as only a rodent trapping service, however over the years they expanded their services to include full home sealing for rodents with warranties and also offer home inspections for rodent and rat entry points.When discussing the reasons for creating the list every year, Mar, a licensed wildlife control expert from Animal Happen said,“With the explosion of nuisance wildlife, there are far too many pest control companies that are trying to get into the wildlife removal industry because it can be lucrative. The problem is, most of them do not have the proper experience for humane wildlife removal or animal damage repairs. With our updated top companies list, homeowners are easily able to find companies that are fully researched and vetted so they know they are in trusted hands when animals happen,”Homeowners looking for the most up-to-date rankings for Wildlife Removal Services can view the list at Animals Happen website. Companies who would like to be considered for the next list may contact Animal Happen via their website. Companies can not pay to be included into the list, it is purely performance based.For more information, please visit
  • January 23, 2018: Orphaned and Injured Wildlife Information From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Find out what to do when you encounter orphaned or injured wildlife.
  • Even coyotes are becoming a nuisance animal in Cleveland and Akron suburbs such as Pepper Pike, Berea, Lakewood, Olmsted Falls and Brook Park.
  • January 18, 2018: Ohio Wildlife Center Hospital Admits Snowy Owl Injured at Highway Ramp. A Columbus driver passing through one of the city’s busiest intersections ended his week rescuing a snowy owl that had been hit by a car at Sawmill Road and I-270 the day after Thanksgiving. This snowy owl has been moved from the Wildlife Hospital to the Pre-Release Facility. It is flying well in a large enclosure.
  • October 18, 2017:  The Cleveland – Akron metropolitan area was ranked # 13 in pest-control company Orkin’s Top 50 Rattiest Cities list in 2017. More than 20 million rodents invade homes each year, Orkin said, and rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter.
  • Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company gets phone calls from Cleveland and Akron residents who state that they think there is some kind of critter in their attic or crawl space. We usually perform an inspection, trap the animals, install exclusion devices and cleanup the mess the four legged freeloaders leave behind. When it gets cold outside, in the late fall and early winter, these types of wildlife try their darnedest to find a hole, or if they are desperate, they make a hole in a building to get inside where it is safe and dry. To learn more, read an article on titled “As the temperature drops outside, critters will work to get inside“. The story confirms what our wildlife control staff already knows – climbing aficionados such as raccoons and squirrels get inside from roofs, eves, soffits, vents, fans and chimneys. Skunks have no gymnastic abilities so they tend to infiltrate decks, outbuildings and porches.
  • January, 19, 2018: News From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife
  • January 19, 2018: Information From the Summit County, Ohio Division of Animal Control
  • 2017-18 Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operators
  • Willoughby, Ohio Animal Control
  • Cleveland, Ohio Division of Animal Care & Control
  • December 13, 2016: Police were called to in Chagrin Falls, Ohio to investigate a raccoon complaint at a church. The raccoon was observed acting like an animal. A police officer advised a church official to contact a wildlife and animal control company.
  • Feeding and harboring raccoons and cats is against the law in some Cleveland suburbs is a no-no. In July of 2017, Mentor-on-the-Lake City Council voted to include feral cats to the list of “nuisance health risk animals”. Feeding and/or harboring the animals in the Cleveland suburb is prohibited. Others on the list are rats, raccoons, skunks, deer and coyotes.
  • Geauga County, Ohio Dog Warden
  • Medina County, Ohio Animal Shelter
  • Lorain County, Ohio Nuisance Animal Control Information: Lorain County provides a list of people, such as Michael Cottom of Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company, that can trap the following nuisance animals (or at least provide assistance); raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks,opossums, groundhogs, woodchucks, foxes, bats,skunks, weasels, minks, rabbits, etc.
  • Cleveland 19 News: Squirrel War: Family Takes Up Arms Against Squirrel Infestation
  • Raccoon removal services are provided by Cottom’s Wildlife Removal for families and businesses in Cleveland and Akron. While raccoons generally check out attics in homes before they inspect businesses, some raccoons enter drug stores and other commercial properties. In December of 2017, a furry four legged masked checked out the checkout lanes in a Drug Mart.
  • May 23, 2016: It’s skunk season: What should you do if your dog gets sprayed? According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, skunks are found in every county in the state. In urban areas, skunks love to take up residence under decks and outside buildings, scouring the surrounding neighborhood for food. The striped creatures are notorious for digging through trash and pet food, so keep your trash in a tightly sealed container and bring in any uneaten pet foods overnight. On walks, keep your pooch leashed, especially at dawn and dusk when skunks are most active.
  • March 5, 2016: Akron Beacon Journal: Skunk vs. dog: How to protect your pet from sprays, clean up when they happen. Mid-February through April is skunk mating season in Ohio, when boy skunks are traveling far and wide in search of girl skunks. It’s also a time when skunks of both sexes are especially defensive. So not only is there more chance of a dog encountering a skunk this time of year, but there’s also a greater chance the skunk will react to the perceived threat by spraying, said Marne Titchenell, a wildlife specialist at Ohio State University. Why dogs and not cats? Dogs are hunters by nature, and they’re just more likely to confront skunks, said Joseph Richter, a veterinarian at VCA Green Animal Hospital.
  • When raccoons eat too much, they can get stuck in attics and roofs. Cottom’s Wildlife Remvoal pulls fat raccoons our of chimneys and crawl spaces in Cleveland and Akron. One rotund raccoon even got stuck in a sewer grate.
  • January 23, 2018: Click Here For News From the Ohio Wildlife Center. This organization is a local, 501(C)(3) non-profit wildlife rehabilitation and conservation education organization. Founded in 1984 by veterinarian Dr. Donald L. Burton, Ohio Wildlife Center’s free Columbus-based Hospital annually admits nearly 5,000 injured, orphaned or ill wild animals, representing over 140 different species. The Ohio Wildlife Center is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization providing more than 30 years of services to Central Ohioans who care about wildlife. They are nationally recognized as an authority on native Ohio wildlife issues and the only wildlife center in Ohio equipped with immediate and continual veterinary expertise and services.
  • Although raccoons are notorious for thievery in Northeast Ohio, squirrels also get caught stealing food from birds – and people too! A sneaky squirrel was recently caught on video stealing gourmet chocolate and lip balm that a family leaves outside as a holiday treat for delivery people.
  • In rare cases, raccoons can enter houses in Cleveland and Akron and attack and hurt the residents. In one case, a raccoon attacked baby and dragged her out of the bed.
  • In late 2017, a coyote killed a pet dog in Lakewood. We protect citizens in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio from mammals and bats that have rabies.
  • Video shows extent of coyote problem in Cincinnati.
  • May 2017: North Ridgeville Humane Officer Who Drew Criticism in Past Years for Killing Kittens and a Raccoon Fired After Killing Baby Rabbits.
  • Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals, resulting in a fatal disease. In 2017, raccoons in Stark County tested positive for rabies.
  • March, 2017: Rowdy Raccoons Evicted From Albert W. Henn Mansion in Euclid, Ohio.
  • February, 2017: Raccoons Moved Into Historic Burton Fox Inn in Burton, Ohio through a hole in the roof.
  • In 2016, a bat with rabies bit an Ohio woman.  If you suspect that a raccoon or other animal in the vicinity of your home has rabies, please call Cottom’s Wildlife Removal right away. This is a dangerous disease and all precautions should be implemented.
  • We provide professional wildlife removal services, pest control, critter catching, animal removal, raccoon removal, bird and bat removal services.
  • We do not provide free raccoon removal services and are not affiliated with the City of Cleveland Pest Control or Cleveland’s Division of Animal Care and Control.