Beaver Trapping, Removal, Control And Damage Management Services In Ohio

Pictured Here Are 4 Professional Beaver Damage Prevention and Control Experts That Work At Cottom's Wildlife Removal Company In Ohio

Pictured Here Are 4 Professional Beaver Damage Prevention and Beaver Control Experts That Work At Cottom’s Wildlife Removal Company In Ohio – They Know How To Trap Beavers To Protect Trees And Stop Flooding

The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal Company Gets Rid Of Beavers In Ohio

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Beaver Removal Services For Ohio Property Owners And Parks

In Ohio, nuisance beavers cannot be trapped and relocated. They must be euthanized or released on-site. To get rid of nuisance beavers, the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company removes them from the property by baiting and trapping them or repelling them from the area with natural repellents.

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In Ohio, CRW provides beaver management assistance to private citizens, farmers, businesses, public institutions and municipal officials to help protect crops, trees, woodlands, property, lawns and roadways. CWR provides technical assistance, beaver trapping services, beaver removal services and direct management for beaver damage.

Beavers are active at night, dusk and dawn but can be seen during the day. They can grow up to 30 inches in length. Beavers can be aggressive and attack humans if they are infected by rabies or are defending their territory. They have been know to kill domestic animals. It is legal to kill beavers in Ohio, although this is not popular with some Ohio residents. Although there are laws related to hunting beavers in Ohio, they are not a protected species and are considered a nuisance wild animal.

Ohio Beaver Damage Prevention And Control Services

North American Beavers in Ohio live in ponds, under docks, lakes, streams, rivers, parks, marshes and adjacent wetland areas.  When beavers dam up culverts this can cause roads, fields and yards to flood. Learn how to co-exist with beavers, here.

The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company knows how to catch beavers. CWR beaver removal experts use professional toolslive traps and body grip traps to get rid of problem beavers and control the damage they cause to trees. The best live traps for catching beavers are extra large and durable (able to support the size and weight of a beaver). One of the best baits for trapping beavers is beaver castor, although they also like poplar twigs and branches.

Beaver Damage Prevention Experts In Ohio

CRW beaver damage prevention experts stop beavers from building dams, chewing down trees and destroying property. Beavers are the largest rodents in North America, can grow to 60 pounds in Ohio and measure 25-30 inches long.

They are one of the few species that significantly modify their environment. Learn more about beavers in Ohio from the Ohio Department Of Natural Resources, here. The beaver hunting season in Ohio in 2020 opened on December 26 and closed on February 28, 2021. Shooting beavers in Ohio requires a permit.

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Cottom’s Wildlife Removal (CWR) is a local, family-owned and operated company headquartered in Columbia Station, Ohio. CWR has been providing reliable beaver control, beaver trapping, beaver removal and professional beaver damage prevention management services to landowners and businesses in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Akron, Youngstown and Cincinnati, Ohio since 1986. CWR is a licensed wildlife control operator.

Ohio property owners hire the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company to trap nuisance beavers in Ohio. CWR beaver control experts use a wide variety of effective traps, including humane live traps, such as the Havahart® X-Large beaver trap, to get these rodents out of ponds and yards. However, trapping beavers is not the only way to prevent beaver flooding and tree damage.

CWR beaver control professionals know how to get rid of beavers without killing or trapping them. CWR beaver trappers are very patient and use live traps because it is a non-lethal method to physically remove beavers from a customer’s property, pond or backyard. If you are a boater and have a beaver under your dock, contact CWR at 440-236-8114 to get rid of it.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources authorizes the trapping of beavers, which are considered nuisance wild animals per the Ohio Revised Code. In Ohio, beavers — along with other nuisance animals such as raccoons and skunks — cannot be trapped and relocated. They must be euthanized or released on-site. Releasing the animals in the same location wouldn’t stop the problems they cause.

The Ohio Department Of Natural Resources manages controlled beaver trapping opportunities throughout the state.

Beaver Removal And Beaver Control Professionals In Ohio

CWR beaver control experts prevent flood damage caused by beavers in Ohio. Beavers dam up lakes in Ohio and chop down trees with their teeth for food and for building dams and lodges. Protecting trees from beaver chewing is not an uncommon concern for homeowners in Ohio.

One of the best ways to prevent beaver damage is to modify the beaver’s habitat or by trapping beavers. Property owners can remove beaver dams, remove trees and other sources of food and can install flow devices to control water levels. Exclusion methods include installing metal fences around trees and culverts. Latex or oil-based paints can be mixed with sand and applied to trees.

Beavers sure look cute, but their dams cause flooding and damage to farm fields. If you want to get rid of a nuisance beaver in Ohio, you can trap them, use a repellent or call the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company at 440-236-8114.

Beavers Are Making A Comeback In Ohio

The beaver is making a comeback. Today they are found in every county in Ohio. Beavers are remarkable and make their homes in Ohio parks, greenbelts and watercourses. Faculty and students at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio are researching the return of beavers to the Midwest and Miami’s campus. Nearly driven to extinction by the fur trade, nature’s engineers are now 6–12 million strong in the United States.

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Beavers have been increasing their range, but are most abundant in eastern Ohio. Beavers, which are one of Ohio’s large furbearers, have also been making inroads into the northwest portions of Ohio.

Beavers are more than just animals with flat tails that gnaw at trees. These mammals, with their specialized fur, teeth and tail are one of the more extraordinary creatures found in Franklin County and Columbus Metro Parks.

However, beavers in Ohio cause thousands of dollars in damage every year to property and parks. Beavers are found in parks in Columbus, Cincinnati, Springfield, Toledo, Dayton, and Cleveland.

After being wiped out statewide by 1830 due to the demand for their pelts and the clearing of forests, beavers are now thriving throughout Ohio. However, a few beavers can quickly become a few too many when they cut down prized timber, shade, fruit or ornamental trees.

Most of Ohio’s land is private and some landowners are not impressed by felled trees or submerged fields. As a result, the re-population of our state by these industrious rodents has come with some controversy.

Beavers were historically found throughout the state of Ohio but were extirpated by 1830. In the 1930s, beaver began to recolonize the state. Since that time, the Ohio Division of Wildlife has used various methods to track the beaver population as it has grown and expanded.

Who Traps Wildlife And Nuisance Animals In Ohio?

Trapping is regularly used for nuisance wild animal control in Ohio in order to limit damage to food supplies, property, households, lawns, buildings, farming and ranching. Wildlife are typically defined as free-ranging, terrestrial vertebrates.

Animals are frequently trapped by CWR in Cleveland, Columbus, Springfield, Dayton, Cincinnati and Toledo to prevent damage to personal property, including the killing of livestock by predatory animals such as coyotes, weasels and foxes. Find out how much wildlife trapping costs in Ohio, here. Learn about the wildlife relocation options available in Ohio, here. Get information about wildlife rescue, transportation and rehabilitation in Ohio, here.

PICTURED HERE IS ALEX, A WILDLIFE TRAPPER AT COTTOMS WILDLIFE REMOVAL COMPANY - Alex believes that trapping nuisance wild animals can be an effective method of reducing the spread of harmful diseases while also managing and controlling damage caused by the wildlife in Ohio.

PICTURED HERE IS ALEX, A WILDLIFE TRAPPER AT COTTOM’S WILDLIFE REMOVAL COMPANY – Alex believes that trapping nuisance wild animals can be an effective method of reducing the spread of harmful diseases while also managing and controlling damage caused by the wildlife in Ohio.

Humane live trapping is one of the most common nuisance wildlife control methods used in Ohio by pest management professionals and nuisance wildlife management professionals such as Mike Cottom Sr. and Mike Cottom Jr. at the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company.

The Humane Society of the United States works with community leaders and animal care and control agencies to create Wild Neighbors communities, where humane and non-lethal solutions are given priority when addressing conflicts between people and wildlife. Find answers to wildlife problems, here. The Humane Society of the United States recommends scrapping the trap when evicting wildlife.

RED FOX WALKING PAST A COTTAGE IN OHIO - The red fox is one of two fox species in Ohio and one of five in North America. The state’s other fox is the gray fox. Foxes are trapped in Ohio by the Cottom's Wildlife Removal company when necessary. The best bait for foxes is fresh or canned fish, chicken, pork, eggs, sugar coated vegetables, fishy-smelling cat food, or other types meat. CRW uses humane live cage traps to control and manage coyotes, red foxes, bobcats, rodents, otters, opossums, muskrats, skunks, raccoons, groundhogs, beavers, moles, voles, snakes, coyote and squirrels in Ohio.

RED FOX WALKING PAST A COTTAGE IN OHIO – The red fox is one of two fox species in Ohio and one of five in North America. The state’s other fox is the gray fox. Foxes are trapped in Ohio by the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company when necessary. The best bait for foxes is fresh or canned fish, chicken, pork, eggs, sugar coated vegetables, fishy-smelling cat food, or other types meat. CRW uses humane live cage traps to control and manage coyotes, red foxes, bobcats, rodents, otters, opossums, muskrats, skunks, raccoons, groundhogs, beavers, moles, voles, snakes, coyote and squirrels in Ohio.

CWR wildlife trappers know how to prevent and control coyote problems in Ohio. CRW animal trappers use trapping tactics that work for coyotes and foxes. A fox cutting through your yard is probably just passing through on their way between hunting areas and no action is necessary on your part. Learn more about trapping coyotes in Ohio, here.

On behalf of tenants and landowners in Ohio, the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company traps live, non-migratory animals (except white-tailed deer, black bear or wild turkey) when these animals become a nuisance. The experienced trappers at CRW know the best practices and the key principles and techniques of capturing animals on land, in and around water to manage wildlife damage.

CWR also specializes in “animal proofing” (exclusion) to keep nuisance wildlife out of homes, attics, basements, sheds, garages and outbuildings. CWR is a full service wildlife company that frequently disinfects, sanitizes and decontaminates infested areas of structures and property in Northern, Central and Southern, Ohio.

The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company provides Ohioans with nuisance wild animal control services for a fee. Ohio residents and wildlife should be able to coexist in most situations. If conflicts arise, the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company is a better choice than trying to trap and remove wildlife and animals yourself. Learn more about the details of wildlife control and wild animal removal services in Ohio, here.

PICTURED HERE ARE 3 CWR WILDLIFE SERVICE VEHICLES APPROACHING DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND OHIO - The City Of Cleveland Animal Control Services and the Cottom's Wildlife Removal company both manage human-wildlife conflicts in the Northeast Ohio community. Pictured here are 3 of CRW's pest control trucks on the highway heading to a large wildlife trapping, removal and exclusion project for a concerned commercial client.

PICTURED HERE ARE 3 CWR WILDLIFE SERVICE VEHICLES APPROACHING DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND OHIO – The City Of Cleveland Animal Control Services and the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company both manage human-wildlife conflicts in the Northeast Ohio community. Pictured here are 3 of CRW’s pest control trucks on the highway heading to a large wildlife trapping, removal and exclusion project for a concerned commercial client.

However, there may be times when Ohio property owners need to call a professional wildlife control operator at 440-236-8114 in Cleveland, 614-300-2763 in Columbus or 513-808-9530 in Cincinnati. CRW traps raccoons, skunks, opossums, groundhogs, beavers, coyotessquirrels and other wild animals. CRW is licensed by the State of Ohio as a “Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operator” and is fully insured.

State laws and federal laws protect virtually all wildlife, wild animals and wild places. These statutes regulate which species can be harassed, harvested, trapped, harmed or hunted. The animal trappers at CRW are experts at resolving human-nuisance wildlife conflicts in Hamilton, Canton, Youngstown, Maumee, Ashtabula, Lima, Sandusky, Strongsville, Athens, Chillicothe and Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

It is illegal in Ohio to fail to euthanize, or release on site, any nuisance animals, skunk, raccoon, squirrel, beaver, coyote, red fox, or opossum that is captured, trapped or taken. A violation of a nuisance wild animal control law or rule in Ohio may result in criminal charges [PDF]. However, the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company is legally permitted to remove a trapped animal from a customer’s property because CRW holds an Ohio CNWACO license.

Learn about methods used to capture mammals, handle mammals and care for mammals, here. These methods, which include trapping and netting, must be designed to keep captive animals alive, uninjured, well provisioned and comfortable.

CRW captures, handles and catches animals remotely in Ohio by using leather gloves, catch poles, protective clothing, humane animal traps, foothold traps, snares, body gripping traps, live cage traps (box traps) and conibear traps. CRW wildlife trappers prefer to use humane live cage traps whenever possible. Glue traps and glue boards are NOT recommended. Learn how wild animals are trapped, here. Find out which baits are best for live trapping, here.

Before CRW pest control technicians begin trapping wildlife for a customer, they have a suitable plan for what to do with the trapped animal. Learn how to use traps to catch nuisance wildlife in your yard, here. Get familiar with wildlife damage management tools and techniques, here. Stay informed about wildlife and nuisance wild animals in Ohio, here.

Who Do You Call To Pickup A Dead Deer Or Remove A Dead Animal In Ohio And How Much Does It Cost?

PICTURED HERE IS A DEAD DEER IN A BACKYARD IN OHIO - JUNE 10, 2021 - Who do you call to pick up a dead deer? The Cottom's Wildlife Removal (CWR) company removes and picks up deer carcasses and dead animals in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton, Cleveland Heights, Akron, Marietta, Youngstown, Strongsville, Athens, Hamilton, Painesville, Canton, Springfield, Zanesville and other Ohio cities. Call CRW at 440-236-8114 in Cleveland/Northern Ohio, 614-300-2763 in Columbus/Central Ohio or 614-300-2763 in Cincinnati/Southern Ohio. How much does it cost to remove a dead deer in Ohio? Deer carcass removal and large animal removal costs start at $395.

PICTURED HERE IS A DEAD DEER IN A BACKYARD IN OHIO – JUNE 10, 2021 – Who do you call to pick up a dead deer? The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal (CWR) company finds, removes, picks up and disposes of deer carcasses and large dead animals in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton, Cleveland Heights, Akron, Marietta, Youngstown, Strongsville, Athens, Hamilton, Painesville, Canton, Springfield, Zanesville and other Ohio cities. Call CRW at 440-236-8114 in Cleveland/Northern Ohio, 614-300-2763 in Columbus/Central Ohio or 614-300-2763 in Cincinnati/Southern Ohio. How much does it cost to remove a dead deer in Ohio? Deer carcass removal and large animal removal costs start at $395. Small dead animal removal and disposal rates start at $125.

How much does it cost to remove a dead deer? Deer carcass removal costs start at $395. 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 $125.

Ohio Division Of Natural Resources Wildlife District Offices

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.

Who Do You Call To Pick Up A Dead Raccoon In Ohio?

PICTURED HERE IS A DEAD RACCOON THAT WAS REMOVED FROM A YARD IN CLEVELAND, OHIO BY THE COTTOM'S WILDLIFE REMOVAL COMPANY - It is important to keep dead raccoons out of pools, houses, yards, basements and attics. Raccoon feces contains the eggs of a worm which can infect humans and cause severe neurologic illness. CWR is a professional wildlife removal company headquartered in Ohio that first finds, and then gets dead raccoons and deceased animals out of houses, walls and attics in Ohio. The animal control specialists at CWR get dead mice, dead snakes, birds, squirrels, deer, skunks, opossums and bats out of businesses, homes, apartments, sheds, outbuildings, garages, basements, backyards, vents, pools, chimneys, ductwork and from under decks and porches. If you are searching online for "dead animal removal near me", "how to get rid of a dead animal in your yard" or "dead animal removal cost" and you live in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati or another city in Ohio call 440-236-8114 in Cleveland, 614-300-2763 in Columbus or 513-808-9530 in Cincinnati. When you contact CWR by phone, you can request a quote for animal carcass removal services and schedule a good time to have a dead animal located, picked up, taken away and disposed of. CWR dead animal removal experts also eliminate dead animal smells in houses and outside for Ohio residents. As domestic animal carcasses and pets decompose, bacteria is released that exposes people to disease causing pathogens. Owners of pets and domestic animals in Ohio are responsible for their disposal. The risk to humans from animal carcasses is low if proper precautions are taken. CWR's wild animal feces removal, bird dropping removal and bat guano removal services in Ohio start at $495.

PICTURED HERE IS A DEAD RACCOON THAT WAS REMOVED FROM A YARD IN CLEVELAND, OHIO BY THE COTTOM’S WILDLIFE REMOVAL COMPANY – June 16, 2021 – It is important to keep dead raccoons out of pools, houses, yards, basements and attics. Raccoon feces contains the eggs of a worm which can infect humans and cause severe neurologic illness. CWR is a professional wildlife removal company headquartered in Ohio that first finds, and then gets dead raccoons and deceased animals out of houses, walls and attics in Ohio. The animal control specialists at CWR get dead mice, dead snakes, dead birds, dead squirrels, dead deer, dead skunks, dead groundhogs, dead opossums and dead bats out of businesses, homes, apartments, sheds, outbuildings, garages, basements, backyards, vents, pools, chimneys, ductwork and from under decks and porches. If you are searching online for “dead animal removal near me”, “how to get rid of a dead animal in your yard” or “dead animal removal cost” and you live in Ohio call 440-236-8114 in Cleveland, 614-300-2763 in Columbus or 513-808-9530 in Cincinnati. When you contact CWR by phone, you can request a quote for animal carcass removal services and schedule a good time to have a dead animal located, picked up, taken away and disposed of. CWR dead animal removal experts also eliminate dead animal smells inside and outside of houses for Ohio residents. As domestic animal carcasses and pets decompose, bacteria is released that exposes people to disease causing pathogens. Owners of pets and domestic animals in Ohio are responsible for their disposal. The risk to humans from animal carcasses is low if proper precautions are taken. CWR’s wild animal feces removal, bird dropping removal and bat guano removal services in Ohio start at $495. Prices to pick up and get rid of a small dead wild animal, bird or deceased pet from your yard, property or house in Ohio start at $125. Large animal and dead deer removal costs in Ohio start at $395.

Found An Orphaned Or Injured Baby Wild Animal? [Information From The Humane Society Of The United States]

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.

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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.

Baby birds

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.

Baby rabbits

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.

Baby squirrels

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.

Baby deer

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.

Baby foxes

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

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.

Baby raccoons

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.

Baby skunks

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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Division of Wildlife | Ohio Department of Natural Resources

A department of incredible diversity, ODNR owns and manages more than 800,000 acres of land, including 75 state parks, 24 state forests, 138 state nature preserves, and 150 wildlife areas.

The Division of Wildlife’s mission is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all.

Customer Service
1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543)
wildinfo@dnr.ohio.gov
Monday – Friday 8AM – 5PM EST

Report a Wildlife Violation
1-800-POACHER (762-2437)
Report online

County Wildlife Officers

State Headquarters
2045 Morse Road
Building G
Columbus, OH, 43229
1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543)

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Download The Ohio Nuisance Wild Animal Control Certification Manual PDF Here - The Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operator License is considered a specialty license. Information regarding this license, including the test, study materials and application can be found at wildohio.gov.

Download The Ohio Nuisance Wild Animal Control Certification Manual PDF Here – The Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operator License is considered a specialty license. Information regarding this license, including the test, study materials and application can be found at wildohio.gov.

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.

In May of 2021, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Mental Health kicked off Mental Health Awareness month by pairing up to create a new initiative called “Thrive Outside.”

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 Website For The Ohio Department Of Natural Resources - Department Of Wildlife. The government agency in Ohio, ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. The Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) owns and manages more than 590,000 acres of land including 74 state parks, 21 state forests, 136 state nature preserves, and 117 wildlife areas. The department also has jurisdiction over more than 120,000 acres of inland waters; 7,000 miles of streams; 481 miles of Ohio River; and 2-1/4 million acres of Lake Erie.

Visit the website for the Ohio Department Of Natural Resources – Department Of Wildlife. The government agency in Ohio, ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. The Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) owns and manages more than 590,000 acres of land including 74 state parks, 21 state forests, 136 state nature preserves, and 117 wildlife areas. The department also has jurisdiction over more than 120,000 acres of inland waters; 7,000 miles of streams; 481 miles of Ohio River; and 2-1/4 million acres of Lake Erie.

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Download the “Mammals Of Ohio Field Guide” from the Ohio Department Of Wildlife, here. This booklet is produced by the ODNR Division of Wildlife as a free publication.

Minimum Standards For Wildlife Rehabilitation In Ohio - Download the PDF from the Ohio Department Of Natural Resources.

Minimum Standards For Wildlife Rehabilitation In Ohio – Download the PDF from the Ohio Department Of Natural Resources, here.

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
Phone: 614-993-3444
FAX: 614-836-5597
Toll-Free Number: 1-866-4USDAWS
(1-866-487-3297)
Andrew.j.montoney@aphis.usda.gov
www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife-damage/

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, is located in Powell, Ohio (614-734-9453) and was founded in 1984. It 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. They are a 501c3 nonprofit that operates the state's largest, donation-supported Wildlife Hospital with on-site veterinary care. They serve the local community and state in wildlife rescues and rehabilitation. The Center receives no operational funds from any local, state, or federal government tax funding. The Ohio Wildlife Center is a premier nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation organization, nationally recognized as an authority on native Ohio wildlife issues. The Ohio Wildlife Center was founded in 1984 by Animal Care Unlimited veterinarian, Dr. Donald L. Burton. The Ohio Wildlife Center's Hospital (614-793-9453) is located at 2661 Billingsley Rd, Columbus, OH 43235. Ohio Wildlife Center partners with hundreds of volunteers across all areas of the organization to make their mission possible. Volunteers can normally choose to work in wildlife care, education, InfoLine services, transport, produce pickup, special events, community outreach, and office support.

The Ohio Wildlife Center, is located at 6131 Cook Road in Powell, Ohio (614-734-9453) and was founded in 1984. It 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. They are a 501c3 nonprofit that operates the state’s largest, donation-supported Wildlife Hospital with on-site veterinary care. They serve the local community and state in wildlife rescues and rehabilitation. The Center receives no operational funds from any local, state, or federal government tax funding. The Ohio Wildlife Center is a premier nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation organization, nationally recognized as an authority on native Ohio wildlife issues. The Ohio Wildlife Center was founded in 1984 by Animal Care Unlimited veterinarian, Dr. Donald L. Burton. The Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital (614-793-9453) is located at 2661 Billingsley Rd, Columbus, OH 43235. Ohio Wildlife Center partners with hundreds of volunteers across all areas of the organization to make their mission possible. Volunteers can normally choose to work in wildlife care, education, InfoLine services, transport, produce pickup, special events, community outreach, and office support.

Ohio Wildlife Center

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
614-734- 9453

Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital
Animal Admissions
2661 Billingsley Rd
Columbus, Ohio 43235
614-793-9453
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.

Volunteer and internship opportunities – more than 250 volunteers annually participate in volunteer services in animal care, education programming, events and administrative support.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | Ohio Field Office
Midwest Region – Ohio Ecological Services Office

4625 Morse Road, Suite 104
Columbus, OH 43230
phone: 614-416-8993
e-mail: ohio@fws.gov
www.fws.gov/midwest/ohio/

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.

Ohio Wildlife Field Guides And Backyard Wildlife [Download PDFs From The Ohio Department Of Natural Resources]

List Of Mammals Of Ohio

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 In Ohio [From The Ohio Department Of Health]

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.

About Wildlife In Ohio