Wildlife Trapping, Relocation And Rescue Options In Ohio
Trapping And Relocating Wildlife And Bird Nests In Ohio Is NOT A Good Long-Term Solution And Is Illegal In Certain Situations – Find Out How To Live Peacefully With Raccoons, Squirrels, Birds, Groundhogs And Animals In Ohio
About Wildlife Relocation, Wildlife Rescue, Injured Animals, Humane Animal Trapping And Nuisance Wild Animal Control Options In Ohio
Wildlife Relocation In Ohio
Did you find or trap an animal? 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 and wildlife rehabilitation service or center near you in Ohio, here.
Hire a wildlife removal professional that uses humane and effective practices to remove raccoons, groundhogs, birds and skunks. Download the “Humane Wildlife Conflict Resolution Guide” from The Humane Society of the United States, here.
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
Humane Wildlife Trapping And Safe Animal Removal Services In Ohio
- Cleveland And Northern Ohio Wildlife Management Office: 440-236-8114
- Columbus And Central Ohio Wildlife Control Office: 614-300-2763
- Cincinnati And Southern Ohio Wildlife Removal Office: 513-808-9530
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Live trapping and relocating wildlife in Ohio is often promoted as a humane solution to animal conflicts. In fact, wildlife relocation processes can actually be detrimental for the wild animal. Wildlife relocation is not a true long-term solution and it is illegal in Ohio in many situations. Find out if it is illegal to relocate animals in Ohio, here. Find out if you can relocate raccoons, groundhogs or squirrels in Ohio, here.
The little brown bat is one of the bat species listed as endangered in Ohio, and one of the 12 species susceptible to white-nose syndrome, a fungus that has killed more than 5 million bats in North America since 2006. However, studies show that little brown bats are changing their hibernation habits, sleeping alone instead of in clusters. The National Science Foundation says this may help them fend off the fungus and avoid extinction.
Bats have been getting a bad rap for hundreds, maybe thousands of years.
A Greek playwright referred to a bat from hell coming to suck a camel’s blood in 417 B.C. Bram Stoker cemented their connection to evil when he had Dracula turn into a bat — among other things — in his 1897 novel.
But contrary to the myths that have built up around them, bats don’t attack humans or get tangled in their hair, and vampire bats don’t suck blood, just lick it. Instead, bats are essential to many ecosystems ranging from rainforests to deserts and are a boon to agriculture.
Bats disperse seeds and pollinate hundreds of species of plants. And because some of them eat roughly their own body weight in insects every night, they reduce crop damage and the need for pesticides.
According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, bats eat enough harmful insects to save this country’s corn industry $1 billion a year. While many bat species eat insects, some feed on nectar and pollinate high-value crops like peaches, bananas, cloves and agave, a key ingredient in tequila.
Still, other species eat fruit and thus disperse seeds. Scientists say they may account for 95% of the seed dispersal responsible for early growth in recently-cleared rainforests.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, scientists have been studying other ways that bats benefit humans. For instance, their use of echolocation — emitting high-frequency sounds that bounce off objects, allowing them to navigate and find prey in the dark — inspired sonar and ultrasound.
Bats are the only mammals that can fly on their own power, not relying on air currents. Unlike those of birds and insects, bats’ wings fold when they fly, like a human hand, which allows them to do a 180 with just three flaps. Studying the structure and dexterity of their wings may someday help improve the maneuverability of aircraft.
Bat researcher and neuroscientist Seth Horowitz says even the much-maligned vampire bat may help us in new ways. As they lick the blood that results from puncturing an animal’s skin with their tiny canines, they emit a substance that prevents the blood from clotting. Studying this substance may lead to new ways to prevent or treat blood clots in humans, he said.
In a video for The Ohio Bat Working Group, Marne Titchenell, Extension Wildlife Program Specialist with The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, describes “A Year in the Life of an Ohio Bat.”
Bat Habitat and Life Cycle by Marne Titchenell, The Ohio State University Extension
Video Posted On YouTube On January 7, 2021 by the School of Environmental and Natural Resources (SENR.OSU.edu)
From April through September, bats need somewhere to sleep or “roost” during the day. After all, they’re nocturnal and fly around and eat all night, she said.
For the hoary bat — the largest bat species in Ohio — and silver-haired and Eastern red bats, that means hanging upside down in the canopy of a tree. Because they prefer to socially isolate when they snooze, they are called solitary bats.
Other species like to roost in big groups called colonies. If their resting place is in a forest, they’ll sleep in hollows or holes in trees, or under bark that has pulled away from the trunk. The larger groups are made up of females and are called maternity colonies, while males form smaller bachelor colonies.
However, bats that hang together don’t limit themselves to trees. They can also form colonies under bridges, in the eaves of buildings or barns, or in attics. More on that later.
The colonial species that hang out in Ohio include little brown bats, big brown bats, Northern long-eared bats and Indiana bats. Of the four, all but big brown bats are on the state’s endangered list, Titchenell said.
Bats mate in the fall but don’t give birth until the following year. Females are able to delay fertilization so that the young, called pups, will be born when insects are available.
The pups are born in May and June and are pretty chunky, about 20 to 30% of the mom’s body weight. She puts a lot of energy into nursing them until they can fly and catch insects on their own, which takes at least a month. The females only have pups once a year. They can have between one and three, but the number is more often one. That’s because bats can live up to 30 years, “so they don’t have to have so many young per year. They can take their time,” Titchenell explained.
Ohio bats hibernate from October through March, she said. The solitary bats are more likely to migrate further south to do that and some, like the hoary bat, may travel long distances, even to Mexico or Central America.
Colonial bats may migrate, but don’t travel as far. Some stay in Ohio, hibernating in caves, abandoned mines and crevices in cliff walls, she said.
Dangers to bats
Some bats want their own space and hibernate alone, while others gather in huge clusters for their winter naps. That’s not a good thing when it comes to white-nose syndrome, a fungus that has killed an estimated five million bats in North America since it was first documented in a popular tourist cave in New York in 2006. Since the fungus comes from Europe, scientists think a visitor brought it to the cave on clothing or equipment.
As bats hibernate, the fungus grows on their muzzles, wings and other body parts, causing skin lesions and, ultimately, death. Studies show that casualties in populations of solitary sleepers level off at some point, but not in populations that hibernate in clusters.
As if white-nose syndrome isn’t bad enough, those charged with counting the casualties of wind turbines are finding more bats than birds, especially so-called tree bats. Scientists so far have found no explanation.
Meanwhile, other bat populations are suffering because of loss of habitat or other environmental changes, including declines in insect populations.
Great efforts are being made to conserve bats, including getting a better handle on their numbers and locations. From 2011 to 2020, staff and volunteers with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife did acoustic surveys to monitor bat populations in the wake of white-nose syndrome. This year, their methods were changed to follow the standards of the North American Bat Monitoring Network or NAbat, which is designed to monitor 47 bat species on the continent of North America, sending statistics to an international database.
Since bats are protected in Ohio, it’s important to know what you can do — and when — if you discover a colony of bats in your attic. There are ways to evict them, like bat cones that allow them to go out but not back in. Or, you can make an exclusion device out of mesh netting.
“But it’s important that you don’t close them up, or prevent nursing moms from coming back in and feeding their pups,” said Erin Hazelton, Wind Energy Administrator for the ODNR Division of Wildlife.
In fact, it’s illegal in Ohio to exclude bats between May 16 and July 31, when females might be caring for offspring. That is, unless the Division of Wildlife gives permission.
“If they’re in the house, that’s a different story,” Hazelton said. “We don’t ask people to live with bats. They can have rabies, although the incidence is very low.”
The Ohio Department of Health says if you do find a bat in the house and wonder if it has come in contact with people or pets, call your local health department and an animal control agency so the bat can be captured and tested.
“Our bats need help,” Hazelton stressed. There are things that homeowners and landowners can do, like building bat boxes where bats can roost and females can have pups. The internet is full of instructions, she said.
Sarah Stankavich, a wildlife technician with the DOW who is also part of the Ohio Bat Working Group, made a video on creating a bat garden. In it, she suggests planting native flowers that bloom during the late day or night such as blue vervain, goldenrod, evening primrose and phlox. Bats also like herbs such as mint, marjoram, rosemary, chives and lemon balm, she said.
Bats don’t land to drink, so they need an unobstructed source of water, like a small pond or pool. A birdbath will do, as long as it is full.
Stankavich advises maintaining large trees, especially if they have cavities or loose bark for roosting, and, if possible, having some natural (unmowed) lawn. Don’t get rid of raked leaves in the fall, but keep them in piles; bats, butterflies, beetles and moths all benefit from leaf litter, she said.
The Ohio Bat Working Group, which has a Facebook page, and Bat Conservation International are good sources of information. They also have more ideas for those who want to help bats be more than doppelgangers for Dracula.
What do you do when you encounter an orphaned or injured animal? We’re joined by Jamey Emmert, Communications Specialist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with answers to some common questions. Want to know more? Call ODNR’s Wildlife hotline at 1-800-WILDLIFE \ (800) 945-3543.
Wildlife Trapping And Wild Animal Relocation In Ohio
In Ohio, wildlife relocation can be accomplished in a number of ways, but it is not always the best answer. Nuisance geese in Ohio can be relocated by scaring them away with herding dogs. Injured or orphaned animals in Ohio can be relocated by transporting them to a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center. However, it is illegal in Ohio to live trap and relocate a raccoon (or any other rabies vector species; skunk, coyote, bat, fox) to a new area. In contrast to common beliefs, live-trapping and relocation of wild animals in Ohio rarely ends well for wildlife.
Many well-meaning Ohioans that have found an animal or trapped an animal, don’t know that it is illegal to relocate any species of animal, by releasing it in a State Park, Metro Park, State Park or public land in the Buckeye State without permission. For more information on wildlife relocation and nuisance wild animal control laws in Ohio, please refer to Rule 1501:31-15-03 of the Ohio Administrative Code.
Trapping and relocating wildlife or animals in Ohio, isn’t always the best option. Ohio state law mandates that it is illegal to relocate any rabies vector species such as skunks, raccoons, coyotes, bats and foxes. Sick or nuisance raccoons may be trapped without a permit, but it is illegal to live trap and relocate them to a new location in Ohio.
Conservation Effort From Clearcreek Elementary Students Provides Bat Houses For Local Park
Published by Dayton 24/7 Now on March 6, 2021
Written By Tiffany L. Denen
LEBANON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) — After a months-long project, Clearcreek Elementary first-grade students gathered at Lebanon Armco Park on Saturday on a very special conservation mission.
Starting in Fall 2020, the first-grade students began learning all about bats and how important they are to the environment. “They learned that bats are not the scary creatures that we have a tendency to think about them as,” explained their teacher, Laura Parlett. Two in the students in particular, Rian and Declan, were thrilled to share some of the knowledge they had learned, explaining that they eat bugs “which are very bad”. Parlett added that she had been teaching her students about how bats are seed dispersers and also help keep the insect population down.
After learning about bats and how important they are, the students wanted to help out and make a difference, so the school reached out to see if any nearby parks needed any bat houses – and the students were thrilled to donate them. “The students took it to the next level and did a conservation action by getting bat houses built,” explained Melissa Proffitt, the education and communications specialist for Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Throughout Ohio, there are ten different species of bats, six of which hibernate in the area through the cold winter months. Now that spring is starting to return, they will be coming out of their hibernation caves and looking for roosts and shelters. The new bat houses are going to help give bats that shelter that they need, especially during the time of year when they need it most. Plus, as Proffitt pointed out, it helps reduce the human wildlife conflicts. “People will sometimes get bats in their attics or in their barns where they don’t want the, so having a bat house – an alternative structure – that we do want the bats in really helps to reduce those conflicts,” she said.
Thanks to the effort of the students, Lebanon Armco Park has 19 new bat houses hung on poles around the property. And the Warren County Park District Nature Programs is inviting people to come visit as part of a scavenger hunt and see if they can find them all. “Just make sure to look with your eyes but please do not disturb,” said Proffitt.
Thanks to the effort of the students, Lebanon Armco Park has 19 new bat houses hung on poles around the property. And the Warren County Park District Nature Programs is inviting people to come visit as part of a scavenger hunt and see if they can find them all. “Just make sure to look with your eyes but please do not disturb,” said Proffitt.
Who Do You Call To Remove Wild Animals In Ohio?
Cottom’s Wildlife Removal (CWR) is a local, family-owned and operated company that has been providing wildlife control, animal removal, cleanup, damage repair and decontamination services for families and businesses in Cleveland, Columbus, Akron and Cincinnati, Ohio since 1986. CWR is a licensed wildlife control operator.
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, relocation and prevention in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio. Get a phone number for a local wildlife rescue and wildlife rehabilitation service or center near you in Ohio, here.
How To Get A Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operator License
Get application information for commercial nuisance wild animal control operators from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, here.
Get materials you will need to complete the application in order to become a Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operator (CNWACO), here. The fee for obtaining a CNWACO license is $40 per year and the license must be renewed annually by the last day of February.
This application is for businesses and individuals performing Nuisance Wild Animal Control for hire. Landowners wishing to apply for a deer damage or goose damage permit must apply for those separately.
- Nuisance Wild Animal Control Certification Manual
- Nuisance Wild Animal Control Permit Application [PDF]
- ORC 1531.40 Nuisance wild animal removal or control services; license
- OAC 1501:31-15-03 Nuisance wild animal control
The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company knows how to remove bird nests in Ohio. As a rule of thumb, if you live in Ohio, leave old bird nests where you find them, unless they are inside your attic, house or vents.
If you have to move the nest, make sure the birds have left and no new birds have moved into the nest. Do what is best for the birds and avoid breaking any applicable laws. Find out how and when to remove a bird nest, here. Many Ohioans do not know that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act makes it illegal to disturb the nest of some native bird without a permit. However, there are exceptions such as European starlings, sparrows and pigeons.
If the bird nest has been abandoned or no eggs have yet been laid, it can be removed or destroyed as needed. Nests of invasive birds, such as house sparrows or European starlings, however, are not protected at any time. Before removing, altering, or interfering with any bird nest you should determine if it is legal to do so. Most bird nests are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). Many birds are protected species and tampering with or removing a nest or eggs of a native bird species is illegal.
Bird nest removal of migratory birds is against the law in the U.S. and you should wait until after the nesting season. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act prohibits the take (including killing, capturing, selling, trading, and transport) of protected migratory bird species. A permit is not required to destroy and relocate migratory bird inactive nests (i.e., nests without viable eggs or chicks), provided the nest is destroyed and not retained.
According to Section 1533.07 of the Ohio Revised Code, “European starlings, English sparrows, and common pigeons, other than homing pigeons, may be killed at any time and their nests or eggs may be destroyed at any time. Blackbirds may be killed at any time when doing damage to grain or other property or when they become a nuisance.”
In this video, professional and humane bat removal specialists Mike Cottom Sr. and Jr. from Ohio show you how to get bats out of your house or attic. Learn how to remove bats from your chimney, walls, basement, roof or garage. In Ohio, call 440-236-8114 for a home and attic inspection or to request bat removal and bat guano cleanup services.
If you have bats in a building, learn how to safely exclude them, here. The idea behind the exclusion method is to create a one-way door the bats use to exit at sunset. However, they can’t get back in when they return before sunrise to roost. If you had bats in your home over the summer, September and October are the best months for conducting a bat exclusion according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Prices to remove birds and bird nests from dryer vents and bathroom exhaust vents in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Toledo, Zanesville, Canton, Youngstown, Findley, Marietta and other cities in Ohio start at $795 per vent. This fee includes cleaning out the vent and the installation of one cap.
Cottom’s Wildlife Removal & Environmental Service provides bird netting installation, bat netting installation, bird barrier installation, bat exclusion services, bird spike installation and bird control services to companies and homeowners throughout the United States. Our professional bird control product installers eliminate bird problems and get rid of roosting pigeons. We work with commercial, manufacturing and industrial firms from Los Angeles to NYC.
Animal Care Unlimited offers outstanding preventive care and veterinary services to a wide variety of traditional and exotic pets. Their patients include dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, small mammals, and companion farm animals such as ducks, chickens, and mini pigs. They treat all other unusual pet mammal species, with proper permit, including those native to Ohio such as skunks, raccoons, and squirrels. Located in Northwest Columbus, serving Dublin, Worthington, Powell, Hilliard, and all of the surrounding Ohio communities. Read more here.
Foxes In Ohio
Red Foxes are becoming more common in neighborhoods in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company (440-236-8114) knows how to trap and relocate foxes in Ohio. Red Fox sightings are common in Ohio from May through July when the young “pups”, “cubs” and “kits” play and learn to hunt.
However, the gray fox’s distribution in Ohio declined in the early- to mid- 1800s but began to rebound in the early 1900s. The gray fox is the only fox species native to Ohio. However, their population of gray foxes has declined in the past 30 years to the point that it was recently declared a “species of concern” on Ohio’s list of endangered and threatened species. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the gray fox and the red fox are the two fox species found in Ohio, and two of four found in North America. Download a list of wildlife that are considered to be endangered, threatened, species of concern, special interest, extirpated, or extinct in Ohio from the Ohio Division of Wildlife, here.
Foxes are allowed to be trapped and hunted in Ohio from November 10 to January 31. If you see a fox during the day there is no cause for alarm. However, if you want to get rid of foxes or are worried about rabies, find out what you need to know from The Humane Society Of The United States, here.
Although most people (except some farmers) in Ohio think foxes are adorable, they will attack if cornered and carry diseases. Do not feed a fox because it will lose its fear of humans. Although it is extremely rare, foxes have been know to attack pets, dogs, chickens, lambs, cats and small children.
Springtime in Ohio typically results in an increase in snake sightings. The Ohio Division of Natural Resources suggests capturing and releasing snakes in a woodlot or undeveloped area at least a mile away from your house.
Although it seems more humane to relocate a snake than to kill it, relocation (or translocation) of snakes does not work very well. Many snakes die a long slow death after they have been moved away from their home range.
If you live in Ohio and see a snake in your home, yard, attic or basement – don’t freak out. It is “probably” not poisonous. Stay calm, find your phone and call the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company at 440-236-8114 in Cleveland, 614-300-2763 in Columbus or 513-808-9530 in Cincinnati. CWR gets rid of snakes fast.
Talk with an experienced and reliable snake removal expert near you in Ohio about pest control for snakes and how to get rid of a snake den. Snake removal costs in Ohio start at $399 and can be explained over the phone and you can schedule an appointment for snake trapping. Find out what to do about snakes, here.
What To Do About Coyotes In Ohio
Many Ohioans want to know what to do if they see a coyote in their backyard. Although it may seem like a more humane alternative, trapping, relocating and killing troublesome coyotes in Ohio is not a great idea because it does not really work. Coyotes typically avoid people. If you encounter coyotes, hazing techniques can teach them to stay away from your yard or property. You can exclude coyotes by building a fence.
The majority of coyotes are gray, though some show rusty, brown or off-white coloration. Over the last 100 years, coyotes have spread throughout the State of Ohio and are now common in every county. It has a bushy tail which is usually tipped with black. Coyotes, which are not native to Ohio, have been here since 1919 and are now found in all 88 counties of Ohio.
Coyotes are not normally dangerous to people in Ohio. Coyotes hunt on their own and do not hunt humans. However, can become aggressive around people if they have been fed. If a coyote comes near you, throw things at it and make a make loud noises.
It is legal to kill coyotes in the State Of Ohio, although some cities and towns have their own hunting laws which may preclude killing coyotes. Coyotes in rural areas can be controlled through legal hunting and trapping methods. For more information, refer to the yearly Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet, here.
Learn how to solve problems with coyotes from The Humane Society of the United States, here. Although it may seem like a more humane alternative, in most cases relocating a coyote is a death sentence for that animal. Coyotes are very territorial and occupy large home ranges, in some cases up to 40 square miles.
After being relocated, they will do just about anything to get back home and will undoubtedly face many challenges along the way. Unfamiliar with their new terrain, they are often killed while crossing roads and highways. They may also be injured or killed during territorial disputes with coyotes who are already established in the area where they’re released. In addition, state wildlife laws usually prohibit the relocation of coyotes, since they are a rabies-vector species (although rabies is rare in coyotes).
Coyotes are considered a nuisance animal by the state of Ohio. If you need one removed call a trooper or the wildlife officer of your county. In Lake County, Ohio call 330-245-3034 or visit wildlife.ohiodnr.gov.
Find out what to do if a coyote is in your backyard, from the Ohio Department Of Natural Resources, here.
- Understand that coyotes are common throughout Ohio’s 88 counties in both rural and urban settings. There are no wild wolves living in Ohio.
- Identify that the canine is truly a coyote and not a stray dog. If you determine the animal is a stray dog, contact your county dog warden.
- If you do have a coyote on your property, remove all “attractants” to possibly deter the coyote from returning. This includes removing garbage and pet food before nightfall and cleaning up around the grill. Coyotes prey primarily on small mammals, such as rabbits and mice. Small pets may also be taken. Keep small dogs and cats inside. Coyotes are curious, but generally fearful of humans. Clap your hands and shout in a stern voice to scare off coyotes that are investigating your yard.
- If the coyote visiting your yard seems to lack a fear of humans or is presenting a conflict even after removing attractants from your yard, contact a nuisance trapper. Coyotes in rural areas can be controlled through legal hunting and trapping methods. See the Hunting & Trapping Regulations for more information.
Trapping and relocating isn’t the best option
When confronted with wildlife living up-close in their own homes or backyards, well-meaning but harried homeowners often resort to what they see as the most humane solution—live-trapping the animal and then setting them free in a lush, leafy park or other far-away natural area.
It sounds like a good idea, but the sad truth is that live-trapping and relocation rarely ends well for wildlife, nor is it a permanent solution. Why isn’t this approach as humane and effective as it seems and what other options do caring people have when wildlife conflicts arise? Read on for the answers—and some solutions!
Between March and August, raccoons, skunks, woodchucks and other animals may choose shelter in, around and under a home because they need a safe place to bear and rear their young. Well-adapted to urban life, they will opt to nest in safe, quiet and dark spaces—such as an uncapped chimney or under the back porch steps—if given the opportunity. You may only see one animal, but during this time, assume that any wild animal denning or nesting around a home is a mother with dependent babies.
Not recognizing that dependent young may be present when live-trapping and relocating wildlife during the spring and summer often has tragic consequences. Wild animal babies are unintentionally orphaned and too often die of starvation, because their mother is trapped and removed.
The dangers of relocation
Although homeowners mean well, wild animals do not “settle in” quickly to new surroundings, no matter how inviting that habitat may seem to humans. In fact, the odds are heavily stacked against any animal who is dumped in a strange park, woodland or other natural area.
A 2004 study of grey squirrels who were live-trapped and relocated from suburban areas to a large forest showed that a staggering 97 percent of the squirrels either soon died or disappeared from their release area. Take it from the animals’ point of view:
- Suddenly in an unfamiliar place, they are disoriented and don’t know where to find shelter, food or water.
They’re in another animal’s territory and may be chased out or attacked.
- They don’t know where to go to escape from predators.
- They may desperately search for babies that they are now separated from.
In the meantime, their helpless young are slowly dying. Even if the orphaned young are discovered, rescued and taken to a wildlife rehabilitator to be reared, it remains a bleak situation for both mother and offspring; one that could have been easily prevented.
Patience, it’s a virtue
If you discover a wildlife family nesting in or around your home, the ideal response is patience.
If the animals are not causing damage or harm, you can be assured that once the young are big enough to be out and about, the birth den will have served its purpose. The denning and nesting season is short. Be tolerant and wait a few weeks until the family has vacated the premises and you’ll prevent orphaning of the young altogether. Then you can make repairs to prevent animals from moving in again.
If you can’t wait for the animals to leave on their own, the next best strategy is humane eviction—gently harassing the animals so they’ll move to an alternative location. Wild animals have a sophisticated knowledge of their home ranges (the area in which they spend almost their entire life). Alternative places of refuge are part of that knowledge or cognitive map. Litters can, and will, be moved if disturbed.
Try using a combination of unpleasant smells and sounds. The size of the denning space and the amount of ventilation will largely influence if such repellents will work. We recommend using rags soaked in a strong smelling substance such as cider vinegar (not ammonia), lights and a blaring radio during nighttime hours to convert an attractive space (quiet, dark and protected) into one that is inhospitable.
Excluding unwanted guests
Repellents provide a temporary solution at best. To permanently prevent animals from using those same spots in the future, you’ll need to seal off any denning areas. Make sure all animals are out before sealing off any space. Remember, during the spring and summer months, it is extremely likely that the animal denning under your steps or elsewhere around your home is a female with dependent young. Make sure that mother and young are able to remain together to prevent any of them from dying cruel deaths.
If you can find the entry/exit holes, an easy way to determine if the den has been vacated is to loosely cover or fill it with a light material, such as newspaper or insulation. This way the occupant will have to push the obstruction aside to get out or come back in. If the block hasn’t moved for three to four days (and it’s not the dead of winter), the den has been vacated and it’s safe to make repairs.
These suggestions are general guidelines only. Recommended methods for resolving conflicts with wildlife may depend upon additional aspects of the situation and the species involved.
But what if … ?
When the only other option is killing, we sometimes agree that relocation, which gives the wild animal at least a chance, is acceptable. Much depends on the species involved, the time of year, the area into which relocation occurs and other factors—too many to write a general prescription.
For example, relocating an opossum, an animal that tends to wander all its life and often has no fixed home range (and carries their babies with them), could be seen as more acceptable than relocating a squirrel in mid-winter. For squirrels, it is a death sentence, since they would no longer have access to their food cache on which they survive the winter. There are times and circumstances when relocation is surely a better alternative than certain death.
Bats in Ohio are important, useful, and a protected species. Lethal means of resolving bat conflicts are a last resort and only an option in unusual circumstances. In most situations, you can resolve bat related issues through exclusion of the bat colony.
The NWCOA Bat Standards Certified course is offered by NWCOA to aid in the survival and future of bats in North America and to educate those who perform bat exclusion services in residential and commercial structures.
To apply for exclusion authorization, please complete and return a Bat Exclusion Authorization Application (Please contact ODNR Division of Wildlife customer service at 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information).
BAT EXCLUSION AUTHORIZATION APPLICATION
The purpose of this permit is to address situations where there is an immediate human health and safety risk.
Background: The purpose of this permit is to address situations where human health and safety is at risk. The exclusion of more than 15 individual bats from a structure during the time period of May 16th through July 31st requires written authorization from the Division of Wildlife (DOW) under Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 1501:31-15-03. This restricted period is put in place to protect bats and their flightless pups during the maternity period. Exclusions conducted during this time often cause more trouble than simply waiting until pups are able to fly (August). Not only will the exclusion result in dead pups, but frantic mothers attempting to get back to their young often find their way into living spaces. However, for health and safety reasons, exclusion may be warranted.
The DOW has been delegated the responsibility under Ohio Revised Code (R.C.) Section 1531.02 to protect all wild animals and wild quadrupeds held in the public’s trust, making it unlawful for any unauthorized take of these animals. “Take”, as defined in R.C. 1531.01, is a broad definition and includes “every attempt to kill or capture and every act of assistance to any other person in killing or capturing or attempting to kill or capture a wild animal.” It is illegal to kill a bat for any reason unless a bite or potential exposure to rabies has occurred. While all of Ohio’s bat species are protected under this law, the DOW recognizes there may be times when human health or safety is at risk. As such, OAC 1501:31-15-03 outlines allowable actions the public may take for nuisance wild animal control, including the removal of unwanted bats from a man-made structure.
While all of Ohio’s bat species are protected under this law, the DOW recognizes there may be times when human health or safety is at risk. As such, OAC 1501:31-15-03 outlines allowable actions the public may take for nuisance wild animal control, including the removal of unwanted bats from a man-made structure.
Allowable Exclusion Activities: If bats are entering the living space inside of a building (i.e., from attic access into a bedroom), these interior routes may be sealed or blocked at any time without a permit. However, unless otherwise approved by the DOW, exterior routes may not be sealed without first installing an exclusion device. The only allowable methods of bat removal are non-lethal exclusion devices or materials that allow the one-way passage of bats out of the home or structure. The use of glue traps and sealing all entry/exit points while bats are inside the structure, are illegal. Bats may not be intentionally killed or harmed unless rabies exposure is suspected. Exclusion devices must be left in place for at least one week. Following a final bat watch where no bats are seen exiting the structure, the device may be removed, and entrance sealed within the same day to prevent bats from reentering.
Who: Property owners and licensed/certified nuisance wild animal control operators may perform bat exclusions. It is illegal for a non-licensed person to receive compensation to perform bat exclusions.
Authorization Request Process: Before applying for bat exclusion authorization, the property owner or designee must 1) inspect the structure for bats; and 2) perform two bat watches at the structure for one hour at dawn and/or one hour at dusk within a 7-day period. If 14 or fewer bats are observed each night and/or found to be present, exclusion may occur at any time of year. If 15 or more bats are observed on at least one night and/or found to be present between May 16-July 31 and the property owner cannot wait to exclude them until after July 31st, the property owner/designee may apply for bat exclusion authorization. The DOW will consider immediate exclusion in situations where human health and safety is at risk. Applicants must allow 5-business days for review and processing.
Rabies: Bats may not be killed or euthanized unless a bite or potential exposure to rabies has occurred. If rabies is suspected in a bat or a bite cannot be ruled out, contact your doctor and follow instructions of the Ohio Department of Health or your local county health district for preserving and submitting the bat carcass for testing.
Please contact 1-800-WILDLIFE with questions regarding bat exclusion authorization.
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
The fate of bats is hanging in the balance. That could have very real consequences for us. 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.
But a large colony of bats can become a noise or odor nuisance. Bats should not be allowed to enter interior living quarters.
CWR Gets Squirrels Out Of Houses, Attics, Roofs, Yards, Soffits, Gardens, Sheds, Outbuildings, Rental Properties, Apartments And Garages In Ohio
The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company uses live trapping to get squirrels out of homes, attics, yards, eves, soffits, chimneys, roofs, sheds, garages, gardens and lofts on behalf of Ohio homeowners and businesses. The CWR squirrel control and prevention service area includes Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Akron and other Ohio cities.
To keep squirrels out of your attic you need to be as tenacious as they are. The experts at CWR recommend that you devise a good strategy to deal with the little varmints. Consider removing bird feeders, secure your garbage cans, cut back tree limbs near your roof, set trapping cages in your attic and install a EVICTOR strobe light in your attic – or simply have the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company do the work.
For expert wildlife trapping and animal removal services for Cleveland and Northern Ohio homeowners and businesses, call 440-236-8114 24/7.
If you want be as humane as possible to avoid hurting squirrels, you can wait until after the squirrels have left during the day, and then seal up your roof and attic with metal flashing to prevent them from re-opening access points into your attic.
If your are going to try to become a master of DIY squirrel exclusion, be sure to secure your ladder before attempting to squirrel proof your roof. Sometimes, not every time, but sometimes, this job is best left to the professionals at CRW.
CWR uses professional squirrel trapping supplies, tools, heavy duty protective gear and modern squirrel removal equipment such as humane live traps, Safeguard squirrel traps and excluders, small game snare traps and WCS special squirrel cage traps.
CWR squirrel control experts use effective natural and chemical squirrel repellents, squirrel traps for gutters, ladders, chimney caps, squirrel control wire mesh, hammers, owl decoys, tunnel traps, screwdrivers, electronic squirrel control products, electric garden fencing, ultrasonic pest repellers and excluders for squirrels. One of the CWR’s favorite squirrel traps is a version of a Tomahawk live trap with one trap door and an easy release door.
After we trap, catch and remove the pesky squirrels, we seal up their entry points to keep other squirrels from getting in. CWR pest control technicians know how to keep annoying squirrels away naturally and how to get rid of Eastern Fox Squirrels around the yard. We are also experts at getting rid of flying squirrels and how to get rid of squirrels from attics. We remove squirrel poop, rodent droppings and also disinfect and sanitize attics that squirrels have compromised.
Bat exclusion involves using netting or tubes at entry points, which allows bats to drop down and fly away but which prevent re-entry. Exclusion devices are left in place for a week, so that the bats give up. After the bats are gone, plugging, sealing and caulking work is done.
To keep bats out, the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company seals cracks and openings with heavy-duty bat control screen mesh, aluminum flashing, sheet metal, expandable foam, caulk, stainless steel hardware cloth, chimney caps, flue guards, adhesive sealants, 3/8″ polyethylene knotted mesh, bat netting and other bat exclusion products.
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Overview of Wildlife and Animal Removal Services
Most people feel that animals and wildlife enrich the human experience in many ways, however fur-bearing friends often cause property damage or become a nuisance. Call our urban/suburban wildlife management company at 440-236-8114 to resolve potential human-wildlife conflicts.
Wildlife can be extremely dangerous or just plain annoying– especially when the animals don’t seem to have any fear of humans or pets. If this is the case, they have to be cautiously relocated to prevent property damage or personal injury. In Northeast Ohio it is very common for groundhogs, skunks, raccoons, squirrels, opossums, birds and bats to seek shelter in human habitats.
Our service technicians are experts at humanely relocating troublesome and potentially dangerous critters. If you are thinking about relocating the offending animal (s) yourself, don’t! It is not as easy as it sounds. Let a professional wildlife management company deal with it. Part of our daily work in Columbus, Cleveland and Akron consists of capturing wildlife and animals.
Animal and wildlife removal prices start at $399. The rate to remove an animal trapped by one of our customers is $399.
When one of our live trapping or wildlife relocation service technicians visit a customer’s location to relocate a fur-bearing or feathered trespasser (s), they gladly provide advice to our clients about effective long-term solutions to prevent animals from encroaching where they don’t belong. Preventative measures to keep wildlife from moving into your house or onto your property include the following:
- Cover garbage cans.
- Feed your pets indoors.
- Request that our animal relocation technicians seal up entry holes in your house or building.
- Request that our technicians install exclusion systems around your deck, porch, attic, chimney or home
- Trim tree limbs that hang over your house or roof.
- Walk around your yard and look for holes in the ground.
- Request a 14 point inspection of your home from Cottom’s Wildlife Removal or inspect your residence with binoculars to ascertain if there are potential entry holes in your structure.
- Inspect your chimney flue from the roof and/or look inside the chimney by shining a flashlight up the flue to check for signs of animals on the smoke shelf or damper.
- Inspect your attic with a flashlight to check for signs of wildlife. Be on the lookout for animal or bird feces, light coming from the outside (holes) or nests.
To Request Animal or Wildlife Relocating, Translocating or Transplanting Services Contact Cottom’s Wildlife Removal
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Wildlife we relocate includes but is not limited to:
- Black Bears
- Red Foxes
- Gray Foxes
- Squirrels and Chipmunks
- Mice and Rodents
- Deer Carcasses and More
Call us even you have an animal that is not on the list.
Services we perform during, after, and even prior to animal infestations include:
- Deck, Porch and Shed Screening, Wire Mesh and Wildlife Barrier Installation
- Bird Removal and Exclusion
- Wildlife Trapping and Control
- Insulation Removal and Replacement
- Removal Of Birds From Vents, Fans, Soffits, Chimneys and Attics
- Animal Trapping and Removal
- Cottom’s Wildlife Removal Removes Raccoons From Chimneys for Cleveland and Akron Homeowners
- Wildlife Damage Repair
- Environmental Cleanup and Removal of Wildlife Animal and Bird Waste and Feces
- Wildlife and Animal Control and Exclusion
- Preventing and Dealing With Nuisance Wildlife Encounters
- Raccoon Trapping, Control, Removal, Relocation and Exclusion
- Wildlife, Animal and Pet Odor Removal, Control and Sanitizing
- Wildlife Animal, Bird and Bat Disinfecting and Decontamination
- Repair of Home and Structural Damage Caused by Wildlife, Animals and Birds
- Removal of Raccoons From Chimneys, Attics and Roofs
- Garage Clean Outs
- Removal Of Birds From Vents, Fans And Attics
- Relocating, Translocating or Transplanting Of Animals And Wildlife
Watch A Few Of Our Videos On YouTube
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Contact Us for a Home Inspection or Wildlife Relocation
Cottom’s Wildlife Removal, based in Cleveland, Ohio is a local, family-owned and operated company that has been responding to the animal removal and home repair and restoration needs of families throughout Northern and Central, Ohio since 1986. Let us know if you have wildlife problems or concerns and we’ll be there because “Cottom Cares!”.
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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.
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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.
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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
Bird Netting Installation, Bat Exclusion Netting Installation, Bird Spike Installation, Bat Removal, Pigeon Removal And Bird Control Services For U.S. Businesses
Cottom’s Wildlife Removal & Environmental Service provides bird netting installation, bat netting installation, bird barrier installation, bat exclusion services, bird spike installation and bird control services to companies and homeowners throughout Ohio and the United States. CWR also provides bat removal and bat guano cleanup services to homeowners and businesses in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio.
If you are looking for a bird netting installer near you, CWR is an affordable local (U.S. only) bird control product installer. The technicians that work at CWR are trained by the experts in bird control, “pigeon proofing” and “bird work”. CWR is a wildlife and pest control company that knows how to effectively install heavy duty bird netting, properly install aviary control nets, quickly attach bird spikes and safely configure bat exclusion netting. If you want to keep birds off your property, house or business, call 440-236-8114 to request a written quote and plan from CWR to keep pest birds out.
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