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The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company gets raccoons out of roofs, attics, yards, chimneys, garages, walls, garbage and out from under decks.
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Overview of Services
We disinfect and decontaminate areas soiled by raccoons, remove animal waste and feces. We repair the damage they cause to chimneys, roofs, soffits and buildings. CWR’s costs to remove a raccoon from a chimney and install one chimney cap start at $1,495.
Cottom’s Wildlife Removal removes and excludes raccoons and animals from chimneys, roofs and attics for Cleveland, Columbus and Akron homeowners. We set animal traps and/or use handling tools to remove raccoons, squirrels, animals, critters and birds from chimneys, attics, roofs and soffits. Our professional wildlife control experts use one-way doors to get raccoons out of attics or crawl spaces.
We prevent raccoons, squirrels, birds and animals from entering chimneys by installing raccoon control screens and chimney caps, crown vent guards, roof vent guards and chimney guards, wildlife barrier kits, stainless steel wire mesh or galvanized wire mesh. We disinfect and decontaminate areas soiled by raccoons, remove animal and bird waste and feces. We repair the damage they cause to chimneys, roofs, soffits and buildings.
The cost for us to inspect a chimney, located in Northeast, Ohio or Columbus, Ohio for the presence of a raccoon (s), animal (s), bird (s) or other wildlife is $399. Prices to remove raccoons, animals and birds start at $399. Prices to install a chimney cap start at $150.
If you hear sounds in your chimney or on your roof at night or a noise that sounds like the scratching of raccoon claws, you may have animals or raccoons living in your smokestack, attic or roof. If you hear raccoons running on your roof, they may be living in your chimney, attic or roof. Raccoons may even start tearing up your roof to gain access to your attic. Raccoons can cause extensive roof damage. We fix roofs damaged by raccoons all the time in Cleveland and Akron. While it is not hard to scare a raccoon off your roof, they will come back. Dexterous raccoons can even climb up gutters and downspouts to get into a chimney, attic or roof. Cottom’s Wildlife Removal can install exclusion devices to keep raccoons from climbing up and down gutters and downspouts.
In the spring, female raccoons frequently climb into chimneys to give birth to their young. The hollow smokey compartments in chimneys are similar to burned out hollow trees which are popular with pregnant raccoons. Sometimes raccoons will leave the chimney on their own after their babies have been born and are mature enough to climb out of the chimney, or not.
Even though the process of removing raccoons from a chimney or roof is a job for a professional animal control company, some homeowners still try to use various methods to remove raccoons from chimneys.
- Please don’t use smoke or fire to remove raccoons from a chimney. This may kill the adult and their raccoons pups. Having dead raccoons in your chimney is not a good situation on many levels.
- Don’t use raccoon eviction fluid. Some folks use raccoon eviction fluid to evict female raccoons and the raccoon babies. Raccoon eviction fluid is a natural by-product of male raccoon. Female raccoons don’t like having male raccoons around her newborns. However, this product may actually draw raccoons into your chimney.
- Homeowners in Cleveland and Akron should not attempt to install a chimney cap after they witness a raccoon leaving their chimney or climbing off their roof. This can trap the babies in the chimney where they will die. If raccoons are trapped in a chimney, they will try to get to safety, food and water by entering the house through the fireplace. This is not a desired outcome.
We suggest you call Cottom’s Wildlife Removal at 440-236-8114 to schedule a chimney inspection and raccoon removal services.
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How Cottom’s Wildlife Removal Safely Removes Raccoons From Chimneys And Keeps Them Out
Raccoon Trapping, Removal, Control, Exclusion, Cleanup, Decontamination and Damage Repair Services for Cleveland and Akron Homeowners and Businesses
- Raccoon Removal Prices in Cleveland and Akron Start at $399. (Click Here For More Info)
- Service call to a homeowner’s residence.
- Inspection of roofs, attics, garages, chimneys and other areas where problems may be occurring.
- We trap, remove and relocate raccoons using snares, snare poles, live traps and extreme ingenuity.
- Trapping of raccoons using sophisticated professional live traps and techniques.
- Repair of damage caused by raccoons such as roofs, siding, insulation, drywall.
- Removal of raccoon feces, soiled attic insulation and damaged drywall.
- Safeguarding homes and families from raccoons.
- Extermination of parasites and worms that come from raccoons that infest homes, roofs and attics.
- Replacement of attic insulation, drywall, wiring, shingles, roofing, siding facia boards, gutters and other damaged areas.
- Removal of raccoons from attics, houses, buildings, roofs, soffits, garages, businesses, barns, sheds, basements, decks and outbuildings.
- The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company does not provide free raccoon or squirrel removal in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. We do charge a fee for these services.
- Repair of residential and commercial building structural damage caused by raccoons. We fix roofs, siding, insulation, drywall, chimneys, gutters, eves and other parts of homes that have been broken and compromised.
- Decontamination of areas soiled by raccoon urine, feces, worms, parasites and viruses.
- Watch our video titled “How to Remove Raccoons in Your Attic in Cleveland, Ohio” on YouTube.
- Get a phone number for a local wildlife rescue and wildlife rehabilitation service or center near you in Ohio, here.
Call 440-236-8114 day or night to schedule an inspection and to talk with a licensed and certified wildlife control expert. CWR pest control technicians are experts at raccoon, bat, skunk, squirrel, bird and mice trapping, removal and prevention in Cleveland, Ohio.
Although kids in Ohio think that raccoons look like cute cuddly bandits because of their signature black masks, adults know all to well that they are well adapted to urban living, are expert thieves and can be a nuisance – and a potential health hazard.
Before you try to clean an attic after a raccoon infestation, you have to first get rid of raccoons and keep them out. You can hire a professional raccoon removal and exclusion service such as the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company or do-it-yourself.
Please do not use an attic fogger, bug bomb or a smoke bomb to get rid of raccoons because it is not humane. The most humane way to get rid of raccoons in an attic or chimney is to use a one-way door and exclude them from returning.
Learn how you sanitize an attic after rodents, here. Get a quote for raccoon attic cleanup costs, here. Request raccoon cleanup services, here. Find out about attic cleanup and decontamination, here. Schedule a time to have your attic inspected for raccoon damage, here.
The hollow smoky compartments in chimneys are similar to burned out hollow trees which are popular with pregnant raccoons. The raccoon removal and attic cleanup experts at the Cottom’s Wildlife Company are proficient at removing raccoons from chimneys in Ohio homes. CWR raccoon removal specialists get raccoons out of roofs, attics, yards, chimneys, garages, walls, garbage and out from under decks in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.
The professionals at the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal firm have been cleaning up attics after raccoons, removing bat guano from attics and getting rid of animal feces in attics in Ohio homes since 1986. CWR pest control technicians also provide rodent dropping cleanup, sanitizing and disinfecting services for Ohio homeowners.
After raccoons have invaded an attic, odor removal services are frequently requested by CWR customers. CWR wildlife damage management specialists safely repair attics, soffits, gutters, siding, shingles, roofs, chimney caps and vents for Ohio homeowners. Get more information about attic repair and decontamination services in Ohio, here.
Spray any urine, droppings, and nesting materials with either a bleach and water solution (1 parts bleach to 9 parts water) or a household disinfectant prepared according to the label instructions for dilution and disinfection time. Soak well. This will inactivate any virus. Use a paper towel or rag to pick up the materials and dispose of them. Read more here.
Fill a bucket with hot, soapy water. Feces and material contaminated with raccoon feces should be removed (using a shovel or inverted plastic bag) and burned, buried, or bagged and placed in the trash to be sent to a landfill. Use a damp (but not wet) sponge to wipe the area. Read more here (PDF).
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How much does it cost to remove a dead deer? Deer carcass removal costs start at $895. In Ohio, call CWR at 440-236-8114 in Cleveland, 614-300-2763 in Columbus or 513-808-9530 in Cincinnati to get a quote for CRW to pick up a dead deer or dead animal. Prices to pick up a dead animal from your yard or property start at $399.
People should always avoid touching or handling sick or dead wild animals. Because Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) affects some white-tailed deer, the Ohio Department Of Natural Resources suggests that Ohioans report sick or dead deer to the Division of Wildlife. Sightings of sick or dead deer should be reported your local Ohio wildlife officer or wildlife district office.
- Ohio Division of Wildlife District 3 Office (Northeast Ohio): 330-644-2293
- Ohio DNR Wildlife District One (Central Ohio): 614-644-3925
- Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife District Two (Northwest Ohio): 419-424-5000
- Ohio Division of Wildlife District 4 Office (Southeast Ohio): 740-589-9930
- Ohio Division of Wildlife District 5 Office (Southwest Ohio): 937-372-5639
Raccoons are well adapted to urban living. Raccoon damage typically involves raiding gardens, upsetting trash cans and taking up residence in chimneys, attics or other unwanted areas. Control is not difficult but requires persistence.
Garden fruits and vegetables can be very appealing and accessible to raccoons. For smaller garden plots, a single strand of electric fence can be strung eight inches above the ground.
An inexpensive radio that is turned on, placed under a garbage can and left in the garden overnight, will also often discourage raccoons from approaching.
The easiest solution for garbage can raids is to store the cans inside the garage or a shed overnight. Raccoons may also be repelled by coating the outside of the can with a weak solution of cayenne pepper in water or by placing a small dish of ammonia in the bottom of an empty can.
Uncapped chimneys are appealing nest den sites to raccoons. When this occurs they may be evicted by noise, combined with bright lights or a pan of ammonia sealed in the fireplace. Once the raccoon vacates the chimney, install a chimney cap. Identify and seal other attic entries after evicting the raccoon. Overhanging tree limbs provide easy access to your roof. Inspect your house and trim tree limbs where needed.
Occasionally raccoons will enter a house through a pet door. Since they can cause considerable damage if panicked, it is advisable to quietly open windows and doors through which the animal may exit and close doors that provide access to other parts of the house, before leaving the room. Wait quietly for the animal to escape.
Raccoons can transmit rabies, canine distemper and parvovirus to domestic animals and humans. You should avoid any raccoon that is active during daylight hours, has lost its fear of humans or appears uncoordinated, confused or listless. If you encounter such an animal, report these observations to the District Office; if exposed to a potentially sick animal, contact your local Health Department and/or your personal physician.
Nuisance or sick raccoons may be trapped without a permit, but it is illegal to live trap and relocate them to a new area. In order to prevent the possible spread of raccoon diseases in Ohio, all live trapped raccoons must be released again on the homeowner’s property or humanely euthanized. Consult your district wildlife office for further information.
Hire The Best Bat Control Company In Ohio
It is recommended that Ohio homeowners call a specialty bat control company to inspect their home if they see a bat inside a living space.
CRW is a local (Ohio only) bat control service that does not exterminate bats or use live traps to catch bats. The wildlife professionals at CRW will not kill your bats. Rather, bats are safely removed from homes and buildings in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Dayton, Canton, Mansfield, Hamilton, Springfield, Lancaster and Cincinnati, Ohio through the wise use of bat exclusion processes and devices.
The 6 bat removal masters (pictured here) that work at the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company certainly know the tricks to getting rid of bats in houses. One secret trick to get rid of a single bat in a living space is to open a window or door, eureka!
These 6 gentlemen are very well educated for performing bat exclusion, bat eviction, bat venting and bat poop cleanup services. Alex, Kyle, Nathan, Mike, Tyler and Jason know how to clean environments contaminated with bat droppings in residential and commercial structures. CRW bat control specialists know how to minimize the potential for transmission of white-nose syndrome (WNS) when handling bats. They take all the necessary precautions when handling bat waste. CRW bat control technicians can see the signs and damage caused by various species of bats. CWR bat control technicians use the best protective particulate respirator masks when removing bat droppings from outside houses, attics, walls and cars. Learn more about acceptable management practices for bat eviction and structural remediation, here.
Co-Existing With Bats In Ohio
Bats come out in Ohio and are active March through September. Some Ohio residents call the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company to ask if one bat in their house means they have more.
CWR bat control experts advise our clients that there is a good chance there are more bats in the walls or attic, if one is seen inside the house. Bats rarely fly in through open doors and their presence on a wall or ceiling is probably an indication of a minor or major bat infestation.
A thorough inspection is recommended to find out if there are more bats in the house.
Humans and bats can live in peace with each other. Bats are flying mammals that are found in nearly every habitat throughout Ohio.
Ohioans should not fear bats simply because they enter attic spaces, construction gaps and wall voids looking for shelter. Most bites occur happen when people try to grab a bat with their bare hands.
In Ohio, bats normally hibernate from late October to early April in caves, houses, walls, barns, churches, bridges, abandoned mines, cracks in large rock outcroppings or attics and buildings.
Bats in Cleveland, Ohio include the Eastern Red Bat, the Big brown bat, the Northern Long-Eared bat, the Little brown bat and the Tri-colored Bat.
The deadly white-nose syndrome has been found on bats in Cuyahoga and Geauga County parks in Ohio.
Some colonies of brown bats removed in Ohio by licensed wildlife control specialists at CWR may total a dozen or more.
Bats are mammals that use adapted forelimbs as wings to fly and they are more maneuverable than birds.
The Ohio Division of Natural Resources classifies bats as a nuisance species. Some of the most common species of bats that the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company gets out of attics and homes in Ohio are colonial bats such as Big brown bats, Little brown bats and Mexican free-tailed bats.
According to Barbara French, a biologist with Bat Conservation International, many people have a few bats in their attic and never know it. But a large colony of bats can become a noise or odor nuisance. Bats should not be allowed to enter interior living quarters.
Learn what you can do if you believe a wild animal in Ohio is orphaned or injured, here. The goal of wildlife rehabilitation is to provide professional care to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals so ultimately they can be returned to their natural habitat. Wildlife rehabilitation is the treatment and care of injured, orphaned, or sick wild animals so that they can be released back to the wild. Find out if wildlife trapping and wildlife relocation is the best option, here.
Some concerned citizens in Ohio want to know who to call for injured wildlife. If the animal has bleeding, broken bones or another obvious injury – you can bring the animal to Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital during open hours. See rescue and transport instructions.
Ohio wildlife officials rescue injured bald eagles. Wildlife lovers in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Dayton, Canton, Athens, Marietta, Ashtabula and Cincinnati search online for a local wildlife rehabilitator near them to take care of an ill, injured or orphaned animal. Get phone numbers for a wildlife rescue service or wildlife rehabilitation center near you in Ohio, here. Wildlife rescue services are available near Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Dublin, Toledo, Akron, Canton, Troy, Lima, Mansfield, Zanesville and Lake County.
Wild animal babies in Ohio are unintentionally orphaned and too often die of starvation, because their mother is trapped and removed. People and wildlife can peacefully coexist in most situations. However, there may be times when conflicts arise. Get a phone number for a local wildlife rescue, permitted wildlife rehabilitation services or a wildlife rehabilitation center near you in Ohio, here. Hire a wildlife removal professional in Ohio that uses humane and effective practices to remove raccoons, bats, groundhogs, birds and skunks. Download the “Humane Wildlife Conflict Resolution Guide” from The Humane Society of the United States, here.
How to tell if baby animals are orphaned, injured or perfectly fine—and what to do if they need your help
It’s common to see baby wild animals outside during spring, as a new generation makes its way into the world. Baby wild animals might seem like they need our help, but unless the animal is truly orphaned or injured, there is no need to rescue them. These tips can help you decide whether to take action.
Signs that a wild animal needs your help
- The animal is brought to you by a cat or dog.
- There’s evidence of bleeding.
- The animal has an apparent or obvious broken limb.
- A bird is featherless or nearly featherless and on the ground.
- The animal is shivering.
- There’s a dead parent nearby.
- The animal is crying and wandering all day long.
If you see any of these signs, find help for the animal. If necessary, safely capture and transport them to the appropriate place for treatment.
Tips for birds, rabbits, squirrels and other species
Whether an animal is orphaned and needs your help depends on their age, species and behavior. Babies of some species are left alone all day and rely on camouflage for protection, while others are tightly supervised by their parents. Read on for descriptions of what’s normal for each species.
If baby birds are clearly injured or in imminent danger, contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. If featherless or nearly featherless baby birds have fallen from their nest but appear unharmed, put them back in the nest if you can do so without danger to yourself. (It is a myth that birds will abandon their young if a person touches them.)
Fully feathered birds: If the original nest was destroyed or is too high to reach, hang a small, shallow wicker basket close to where the original nest was. Woven stick baskets from garden stores or supermarket floral departments work well; they resemble natural nests and allow rain to pass through so the birds won’t drown. Adult birds won’t jump into anything they cannot see out of, so make sure the basket is not too deep. Put the fallen babies into the new nest and keep watch from a distance for an hour to make sure the parent birds return to the new nest to feed their chicks. Watch closely, because parent birds can be quite stealthy. If they definitely do not return, contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
Nearly or mostly featherless birds: These birds will become too cold in a makeshift nest, so you must place them in the original nest. If that’s not possible, take them to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Remember that baby birds do best when raised by their parents or other birds, so try to reunite them with their parents before calling a rehabilitator.
Fledglings: Birds with fully feathered bodies, but short or non-existent tail feathers may be fledglings (adolescent birds who have left the nest). You might see them hopping on the ground, unable to fly. This is normal; birds learn to fly from the ground up! Fledglings might remain on the ground for a few days or even a week, supervised and fed by their parents a few times each hour before they get the hang of flying. You can tell if the fledglings are being fed by watching from a distance to see whether a parent bird flies over to them, usually a few times an hour. You can also look for white-grey feces near the fledgling. Birds defecate after being fed, so the presence of fecal material means that the birds are being cared for. Be sure to keep cats indoors and dogs leashed until the fledglings are old enough to fly. If you are positive that the parents aren’t returning to feed the babies, contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
Rabbits at least four inches long with open eyes and erect ears and who hop well are independent from their mother and should be allowed to fend for themselves. Uninjured baby rabbits in an intact nest should also be left alone. Although they might look abandoned because their mom isn’t around, mother rabbits visit their dependent young only a few times a day to avoid attracting predators. If the nest has been disturbed, lightly cover it with natural materials you find around the nest, like grass, fur or leaves and follow these steps:
- Keep all pets out of the area.
- Avoid touching the babies, because foreign smells may cause the mother to abandon their young.
- Use yarn or string to make a tic-tac-toe pattern over the nest to assess whether the mother is returning to nurse their young. Check back 24 hours later.
- If the yarn or string was moved aside, but the nest is still covered with fur, grass or leaves, the mother has returned to nurse the babies.
- If the “X” remains undisturbed for 24 hours, contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
A squirrel who is nearly full-sized, has a full and fluffy tail and can run, jump and climb is independent. However, if a juvenile squirrel continuously approaches and follows people, their mom is probably gone. In this case, you should contact a rehabilitator because the baby is very hungry and needs care.
There are a few cases where you might need to intervene:
- A baby squirrel falls from a nest.
- A nest falls from a tree.
- A felled tree contains an intact nest.
If the baby and/or their nest fell from the tree today, give the mother squirrel a chance to reclaim their young and relocate them to a new nest. If the baby is uninjured, leave them where they are, leave the area, keep people and pets away and monitor them from a safe distance.
If it’s chilly outside or the baby isn’t fully furred, place them in a shoebox with something warm underneath (like a heating pad on a low setting or a hot water bottle). Be sure to put a flannel shirt between the baby and the heating device, or they could overheat. Do not cover them with anything or the mother might not be able to find them.
If the babies are not retrieved by dusk, take these steps:
- Wearing thick gloves, gather the squirrels and place them inside a thick, soft cloth, such as a cloth diaper or fleece scarf or hat.
- Place one of the following items beneath the cloth: A chemical hand warmer inside a sock, a hot water bottle (replace the hot water every 30 minutes) or a heating pad set on the lowest setting. (If the heating pad has no cover, put it inside two pillowcases so the babies don’t overheat.)
- Place the baby squirrels, cloth and warmer inside a small cardboard box or carrier. Call a wildlife rehabilitator.
People often mistakenly assume that a fawn (baby deer) found alone is orphaned. If the fawn is lying down calmly and quietly, their mother is nearby and they are OK. A doe only visits and nurses their fawn a few times a day to avoid attracting predators. Unless you know that the mother is dead, leave the fawn alone.
Although mother deer are wary of human smells, they still want their babies back. If you already handled the fawn, quickly return the fawn to the exact spot where you found them and leave the area; the mother deer will not show herself until you are gone.
If the fawn is lying on their side or wandering and crying incessantly all day, they probably need help. If this is the case, contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
Fox kits will often appear unsupervised for long periods while their parents are out hunting for food. They will play like puppies around the den site until the parents decide they’re old enough to go on hunting trips. Then they will suddenly disappear. Observe the kits from a distance; if they seem energetic and healthy, leave them alone. If they appear sickly or weak, or if you have reason to believe both parents are dead, contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
Baby opossums are born as embryos, barely larger than a bee, and spend about two months nursing in their mother’s pouch. When they get to be about three to four inches long and start riding around on their mother’s back, they may fall off without the mother noticing. As a general rule, if an opossum is over seven inches long (not including the tail), they’re old enough to be on their own. If they’re less than seven inches long (not including the tail), they are orphaned and you should contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
If a baby raccoon has been alone for more than a few hours, they are probably an orphan. Mother raccoons don’t let their young out of their sight for long. Put an inverted laundry basket over the baby (with a light weight on top so they cannot push their way out) and monitor them until well into the nighttime hours (raccoons are nocturnal, so the mom should come out at night to reclaim her baby). You can also put the cub in a pet carrier and close the door. Instead of latching it, prop it closed with an angled stick. When the mother returns, she’ll run in front of the carrier, push over the stick and the door will pop open.
If the mother does not return, contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. In spring and summer, people often set traps in a misguided effort to resolve garbage and other “nuisance” issues. Unfortunately, this approach leads to trapped and killed mothers who leave their starving young behind. If anyone in your neighborhood is setting traps, persuade them to use more humane and effective methods instead.
If you see a baby skunk (or a line of baby skunks, nose-to-tail) running around without a mother in sight, they could be orphaned. Skunks have poor eyesight, so if something scares the mother and they run off, the babies can quickly lose sight of them.
Monitor the situation to see if the mother rejoins their young. If the babies are on the move, put on gloves and slowly place a plastic laundry basket (with lattice sides) over the babies to keep them in one spot and make it easier for the mother to find them. Do not put a weight on top of the laundry basket.
If the mother returns to her young, she will flip up the basket and get them. If she has trouble doing this, you should lift the basket to let them out. Remember that skunks are very near-sighted, so fast movements can startle them into spraying. If you move slowly and speak softly though, you will not get sprayed. Skunks warn potential predators by stamping their front feet when they’re alarmed, so if the mother doesn’t do this, you’re safe to proceed. If no mother comes to retrieve the young by dawn, contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
Finding help for the animal
Once you’re sure the animal needs your help, call a wildlife rehabilitator for assistance. If you’re unable to locate a rehabilitator, try contacting an animal shelter, humane society, animal control agency, nature center, state wildlife agency or veterinarian.
Capturing and transporting the animal
Never handle an adult animal without first consulting a wildlife professional. Even small animals can injure you. Once you’ve contacted someone who can help, describe the animal and their physical condition as accurately as possible.
Unless you are told otherwise, here’s how you can make an animal more comfortable for transport while you’re waiting for help to arrive:
- Put the animal in a safe container. For most songbirds, a brown paper bag is fine for transport. For larger birds or other animals, use a cardboard box or similar container. First, punch holes for air (not while the animal is in the box!) from the inside out and line the box with an old T-shirt or other soft cloth. Then put the animal in the box.
- Put on thick gloves and cover the animal with a towel or pillowcase as you scoop them up gently and place them in the container.
- Do not give the animal food or water. It could be the wrong food and cause them to choke, trigger serious digestive problems or cause aspiration pneumonia. Many injured animals are in shock and force-feeding can kill them.
- Place the container in a warm, dark, quiet place—away from pets, children and all noise (including the TV and the radio)—until you can transport the animal. Keep the container away from direct sunlight, air conditioning or heat.
- Transport the animal as soon as possible. Leave the radio off and keep talking to a minimum. Because wild animals aren’t accustomed to our voices, they can become very stressed by our noises. If they’re injured or orphaned, they’re already in a compromised condition. Keep their world dark and quiet to lower their stress level and help keep them alive.
Ohio Wildlife Information And Wildlife Services
- Ohio Division Of Wildlife (Ohio DNR)
- Ohio Wildlife Center
- Ohio Wildlife Rescue
- Cottom’s Wildlife Trapping, Removal, Exclusion And Control Service [For A Fee Service In Ohio]
- Ohio Wildlife Hospitals
- Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators List
- Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association – Find a Rehabilitator
- Ohio Wildlife Mammals
- Mammals Of Ohio Field Guide From ODNR [PDF]
- ODNR Fishing
- Ohio Wildlife Licensing System
- ODNR Hunting
- How To Become A Game Warden In Ohio
- How To Become An Ohio Wildlife Officer
- Animals In Ohio That Can Kill You
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Information On Wildlife Services In Ohio From The ODNR
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is the Ohio state government agency charged with ensuring “a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all.” Ohio wildlife officials rescue injured bald eagles.
ODNR regulates the oil and gas industry, the mining industry, hunting and fishing, and dams, while maintaining natural resources such as state parks, state nature preserves, state wildlife areas, state forests, and state waterways. It was created in 1949 by the Ohio Legislature.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife stocked more that 40 million sport fish in Ohio’s waters in 2020, including channel catfish, walleye, steelhead, saugeye, muskellunge, brown trout, rainbow trout, blue catfish, and hybrid striped bass.
In addition, ODNR licenses all hunting, fishing, and watercraft in the state and is responsible for overseeing and permitting all mineral extraction, monitoring dam safety, managing water resources, coordinating the activity of Ohio’s 88 county soil and water conservation districts, mapping the state’s major geologic structures and mineral resources, and promoting recycling and litter prevention through grant programs in local communities.
- Visit The Ohio Department Of Natural Resources Website
- Ohio Wildlife Customer Service | 1-800-WILDLIFE | (800) 945-3543
- Specialty Wildlife & Wild Animal Businesses In Ohio
- Licensed Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operators In Ohio [PDF List]
- COVID-19 Exposure and Safe Wildlife Handling Guidance For Ohioans [PDF]
- 2020‑2021 Ohio Hunting And Trapping Regulations – Seasons And Dates
- Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operator Licenses In Ohio
- Ohio Bat Exclusion Authorization Application
- Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitation Permits
- Ohio Fishing License & Resources
- Ohio Trapper Education Home Study Manual [PDF]
- Ohio Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operator License
- Ohio Hunting License & Resources
- Ohio Nuisance Wild Animal Control
- Ohio Commercial Wildlife Permits
- Division of Wildlife
- Mammals Of Ohio Field Guide From ODNR [PDF]
- Ohio Hunting License & Resources
- Ohio State Parks
- Ohio Trapper Education
- Current Map of Wildlife Rehabilitators In Ohio [PDF]
- Minimum Standards For Wildlife Rehabilitation in Ohio (DNR 5475) [PDF]
- Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit – Wildlife Transfer Form DNR 8919) [PDF]
- Frequently Asked Questions About Rehabilitation Of Bats [PDF]
- Trapper Education Course Student Examination [PDF From The Ohio Division Of Wildlife]
- Buy Hunting Licenses and Permits In Ohio
- Find a Destination
Wildlife Services State Offices – USDA APHIS
U.S. Department Of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Wildlife Services State Director: Andrew J. Montoney, Ohio
4469 Professional Parkway
Groveport, OH 43125
Toll-Free Number: 1-866-4USDAWS
USDA Resolves Wildlife Conflicts in Ohio
Every day, the Wildlife Services (WS) program in Ohio helps citizens, organizations, industries, and Government agencies resolve conflicts with wildlife to protect agriculture, other property, and natural resources, and to safeguard human health and safety. WS’ professional wildlife biologists and specialists implement effective, selective, and responsible strategies that value wildlife, the environment, and the resources being protected. WS manages wildlife damage according to its public trust stewardship responsibilities as a Federal natural resource management program. The program supports the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, based on the principle that wildlife resources are owned collectively and held in trust by Government for the benefit of present and future generations.
WS oversees a multitude of programs and projects within Ohio to resolve human/wildlife conflicts. WS works on airports to prevent aircraft-wildlife collisions. WS conducts disease surveillance to monitor wildlife diseases that threaten the health of people, pets, livestock, and wildlife. WS provides leadership and is a member of the Ohio Rabies Taskforce, and works year-round to stop raccoon variant rabies (RVR) from spreading westward and to eliminate the disease from the State.
Ohio’s livestock producers and crop farmers rely on WS’ expertise in resolving conflicts with wildlife such as coyotes, black vultures, feral swine, and blackbirds. As a member of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Task Force, WS-Ohio works to reduce predation on threatened species of turtles, manage mute swans to support trumpeter swan introduction and eliminate feral swine populations to protect natural resources and agriculture in the Lake Erie Region of Ohio. WS works with local communities to reduce wildlife conflicts in urban areas.
Download the full report in PDF format, here.
The Ohio Wildlife Center offers humane pest control and animal rehabilitation services while fostering awareness and appreciation for Ohio’s native wildlife through rehabilitation, education and wildlife health studies.
Ohio Wildlife Center
Education & Administration
Business calls only. Scheduled programs.
6131 Cook Rd
Powell, Ohio 43065
Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital
2661 Billingsley Rd
Columbus, Ohio 43235
Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm
Sat-Sun 9am – 3pm
The state’s largest, donation-supported Wildlife Hospital with on-site veterinary care, treating more than 6,000 patients each year representing more than 150 species from more than 60 of Ohio’s 88 counties.
A 20-acre outdoor Education Center with more than 50 Animal Ambassadors that greet visitors during our public events, camps and group programming.
SCRAM! Wildlife Control, a fee-for-service solution for human-wildlife conflicts to assist central Ohio home and business owners with access to humane wildlife eviction and exclusion services. SCRAM! has operated since 2001.
Wildlife assistance for the public via social media and phone for step-by-step guidance with wildlife issues and questions.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | Ohio Field Office
Midwest Region – Ohio Ecological Services Office
4625 Morse Road, Suite 104
Columbus, OH 43230
The service works with public and private entities to conserve and restore Ohio’s endangered species, migratory birds, wetlands, and other important fish and wildlife resources.
The Ohio Field Office is the home of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, for the state of Ohio. They cover projects on or affecting all the land and water within Ohio as well as the western basin of Lake Erie.
The mission of the Fish and Wildlife Service is “working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.” The Ohio Field Office uses that mission statement to guide all their our activities.
- Amphibians of Ohio Field Guide
- Attracting Birds in Ohio
- Backyards for Butterflies
- Birds of Magee Marsh Field Checklist
- Birds of Ohio Field Checklist
- Butterflies and Skippers of Ohio Field Guide
- Common Birds of Ohio Field Guide
- Common Spiders of Ohio Field Guide
- Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ohio Field Guide
- Hit the Trail for Bluebirds
- Injured or Orphaned Wildlife? What You Need to Know
- Mammals of Ohio Field Guide
- Milkweed and Monarchs
- Moths of Ohio Field Guide
- Nest Box Plans
- Owls of Ohio Field Guide
- Reptiles of Ohio Field Guide
- Raptors of Ohio Field Guide
- Trees of Ohio Field Guide
- Spring Wildflowers of Ohio Field Guide
- Warblers of Ohio Field Guide
- Waterbirds of Ohio Field Guide
- Stream Fishes of Ohio Field Guide
- Common Lichens of Ohio Field Guide
- Bees and Wasps of Ohio Field Guide
- Sportfish of Ohio Field Guide
- Poster: Born Wild, Stay Wild “I Am Not A Pet”
- Poster: Please Don’t Feed Wildlife
- Poster: Box Turtle “I Am Not A Pet”
- There’s a Coyote in Your Backyard: What Should You Do?
- Millipedes of Ohio Field Guide
- Freshwater Snails of Ohio Field Guide
This list of mammals of Ohio includes a total of 70 mammal species recorded in the state of Ohio. Of these, three (the American black bear, Indiana bat, and Allegheny woodrat) are listed as endangered in the state; four (the brown rat, black rat, house mouse, and wild boar) are introduced; two (the gray bat and Mexican free-tailed bat) are considered accidental; and eight (the American bison, elk, fisher cougar, Canada lynx, gray wolf, American marten, and wolverine) have been extirpated from the state. Read more here.
Raccoons can be found throughout the state and in all habitat types, with the majority being found in northwestern and central Ohio along rivers and streams bordering farmland habitats. They have also moved into suburban and urban areas and can live almost any place where there is food for them to eat and a den to serve as shelter. Many of them live, temporarily at least, in drain tiles and sewer systems. Raccoons defecate in communal sites called latrines. They are nocturnal and are up and about during the dark hours of the night. Even though raccoons do not really hibernate, they can sleep for days, and even weeks at a time, during the cold winter months. Read more here.
- History Of The Wildlife In Ohio [PDF]
- Nuisance Wild Animals
- Woodchucks/Groundhogs In Ohio
- Wildlife At The Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden [The Cleveland Museum Of Natural History]
- Birds In Ohio
- Otters In Ohio
- Invasive Species In Ohio
- Snakes In Ohio
- Bears In Ohio
- Squirrels In Ohio
- Reptiles Of Ohio [PDF]
- Bats In Ohio
- Nuisance Birds In Ohio
- Mink In Ohio
- Skunks In Ohio
- Amphibians In Ohio
- Creepy Bugs In Ohio
- Deer In Ohio
- Grackles In Ohio
- Sparrows In Ohio
- Borrowing Animals In Ohio
- Muskrat In Ohio
- Chipmunks In Ohio
- Rats In Ohio
- Rabbits In Ohio
- Weasels In Ohio
- Mice In Ohio
- Hawks In Ohio
- Invasive Pests In Ohio
- Apex Predators In Ohio
- Starlings In Ohio
- Fish In Ohio
- Insects And Spiders In Ohio
- Opossums In Ohio
- Moles In Ohio [PDF]
- Endangered Animals In Ohio
- Owls Of Ohio
- Raptors Of Ohio [PDF]
- Woodpeckers In Ohio
- Voles In Ohio
- Pigeons In Ohio
- Geese And Swans In Ohio
- Falcons In Ohio
- Dangerous Animals In Ohio
- Fox In Ohio
- Eagles In Ohio
- Coyotes In Ohio
- Beaver In Ohio