Get A Phone Number For A Local Wildlife Rescue Service, Transport Service, Wildlife Hospital, Animal Control Or Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Near You In Ohio

Wildlife Rehabilitators
Posted On YouTube On January 12, 2018 By OhioDNR [OhioDNR.gov]

Wildlife rescue, wildlife transport and wildlife rehabilitation services are available near Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Dublin, Toledo, Akron, Canton, Troy, Lima, Mansfield, Zanesville and Lake County. and other locations in Ohio.

If you are looking for 24 hour wildlife rescue near you, refer to the phone numbers below. If you are searching for an Ohio wildlife rehabilitators list, download the 2020-2021 Permitted Wildlife Rehabilitators from the Ohio Department Of Natural Resources in PDF format, here.  Visit the Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association web site, here. Download a list of local wildlife rehabilitators in Ohio from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, here.

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.

Animal Care Unlimited

Phone: 614-766-2317
E-mail: info@animalcareunlimited.com
Address: 2665 Billingsley Rd Columbus, Ohio 43235
www.animalcareunlimited.com

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.

Orphaned and Injured Wildlife: What to Know & What to Do
Posted On YouTube On March 23, 2021 By OhioDNR

The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Program (Bay Village, Ohio) provides human assistance to ill and injured animals with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. If you find an animal you believe to be ill, injured or orphaned, please call the Center’s wildlife staff at 440-871-2900 before intervening. In 2020, this wildlife rehabilitation center, along with the Medina Raptor Center (330-591-7300), continued to save the lives of injured animals despite pandemic-related challenges.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife, as well as other state agencies, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, have laws and regulations in place to assure the care given to wild animals in rehabilitation is humane, professional, and biologically sound.

Animal Rescue with the Ohio Wildlife Center
Posted On YouTube On March 10, 2015 By Brave Wilderness [BraveWilderness.com]

The Ohio Wildlife Center (614-793-9453), located near Columbus, Ohio at 6131 Cook Road in Powell, OH 43065, is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization that offers animal rehabilitation services.

If you live near Akron, Ohio and have found an orphan or injured animal please call Operation Orphan Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc at 330-745-2947. Download the Ohio Animal Advocates list (PDF) of wildlife rehabilitation centers, sorted by counties, here.

New Wildlife Acceptance Protocols At The Kevin P Clinton Wildlife Center
Posted On YouTube On April 22, 2021 By Lake Metroparks [LakeMetroparks.com]

Injured or orphaned animals receive first aid and rehabilitation at the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center at Penitentiary Glen Reservation in Willoughby, Ohio. After a year of not being able to accept new wildlife for rehabilitation, the wildlife center is now accepting animals by appointment only, between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.

If you have an injured and/or orphaned animal, you must first call the Wildlife Hotline at 440-256-1404 x2131 to discuss your concerns and determine if an appointment is necessary. Only animals booked with an appointment can be accepted and cared for. This video provides an overview of the new animal acceptance protocols. For more information about the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center visit their website, here.

Speaking of…Orphaned & Injured Wildlife
Uploaded By City of Mentor, Ohio On April 19, 2021 [CityOfMentor.com]

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.

Who Do You Call When You See An Injured Animal In Ohio?

Learn what you can do if you believe a wild animal in Ohio is orphaned or injured, here. The goal of wildlife rehabilitation is to provide professional care to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals so ultimately they can be returned to their natural habitat. Wildlife rehabilitation is the treatment and care of injured, orphaned, or sick wild animals so that they can be released back to the wild. Find out if wildlife trapping and wildlife relocation is the best option, here.

Some concerned citizens in Ohio want to know who to call for injured wildlife. If the animal has bleeding, broken bones or another obvious injury – you can bring the animal to Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital during open hours. See rescue and transport instructions.

Ohio wildlife officials rescue injured bald eagles. Wildlife lovers in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Dayton, Canton, Athens, Marietta, Ashtabula and Cincinnati search online for a local wildlife rehabilitator near them to take care of an ill, injured or orphaned animal.

Local Wildlife Rehabilitators Near Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Zoo provides a list of phone numbers of local animal rescue and rehabilitation services, here. Learn about orphaned and injured wildlife on the Ohio Department Of Natural Resources website, here.

Find A Local Wildlife Rehabilitator Near You In Ohio

Use the Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association website to find a rehabilitator near you in Ohio, here. Visit The Humane Society Of The United States website to find a local wildlife rehabilitator in Ohio, here. The Ohio Wildlife Center offers animal rehabilitation services while fostering awareness & appreciation for Ohio’s native wildlife.

The primary duty of a wildlife rehabilitator is to examine injured wildlife and provide medical care and therapy to help them recover to the point at which they can be released. Rehabbers take great care to help animals without harming them in the long run. Some wildlife rehab facilities even have what they call “halfway houses.”

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Program provides human assistance to ill and injured animals with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. If you find an animal you believe to be ill, injured or orphaned, please call the Center’s wildlife staff at 440-871-2900 before intervening.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is a member of:

OWRA is a non-profit organization and has members from a wide range of backgrounds. OWRA provides training, networking, and referral information to wildlife rehabilitators so they can better assist the public when injured, orphaned, or diseased wildlife are encountered.

The National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA), founded in 1982, is dedicated to improving and promoting the profession of wildlife rehabilitation and its contributions to preserving natural ecosystems. If you have found an injured or orphaned wild animal, NWRA knows how important it is that you contact a local rehabilitator as soon as possible.

IWRC is education and resources for wildlife conservation worldwide. There are many ways to “preserve and protect wildlife and habitat.” The founders of IWRC chose to preserve and protect through the support of wildlife rehabilitation. Wildlife rehabilitation is the act of providing temporary care for injured, sick or orphaned wildlife with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. By providing unique insights into issues affecting wildlife populations, species and habitats, wildlife rehabilitation contributes to wildlife conservation and protection worldwide. IWRC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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 And Groundhogs 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

Municipal, City And County Animal Control, Animal Care, Animal Rehabilitation And Animal Rescue Services In Ohio

Wildlife Rescue Services And Local Wildlife Rehabilitators In Ohio

Behold, The Benefits Of Ohio’s Bat Population
Posted On Farm and Dairy On August 27, 2021
Written By Barbara Mudrak

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.

Essential

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.

Further benefits

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.

Ohio bats

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.

House bats

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.

Baby Raccoon Relocation from Attic
Posted On YouTube On May 18, 2011 By The Humane Society of the United States [HumanSociety.org]

The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal Company Solves Wildlife Problems In Ohio

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 Humane Society Of The United States Explains How To Find A Wildlife Rehabilitator

Get help for orphaned, sick or injured wildlife using this state-by-state listing. Download the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Rehabilitators Registry By County, in PDF format, here. If you find a wild animal in distress while you’re out for a hike, traveling or even in your own backyard, get them the help they need. Find a wildlife rehabilitator in the alphabetical list below. IMPORTANT! Before you “rescue” any wild animal, make sure the animal really needs your help. Determine if the animal is truly orphaned or injured. Learn how, here.

Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center In Willoughby Ohio

The Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center is part of Lake Metroparks and is located at the Penitentiary Glen Reservation in Willoughby, Ohio. They are accepting animals by appointment ONLY, between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. If you have an injured and/or orphaned animal, you must first call the Wildlife Hotline at 440-256-1404 x2131 to discuss your concerns and determine if an appointment is necessary. Only animals booked with an appointment can be accepted and cared for.

Wildlife Rehabilitation | Animal Legal & Historical Center | Brief Summary of Wildlife Rehabilitation Laws

Information On Orphaned and Injured Wildlife From The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife: 

  • If you find an animal, in Cleveland or any other location in Ohio, that appears to be orphaned or injured, find out what to do, here.
  • Read the tips to help determine whether deer, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, birds and turtles are truly orphaned or injured, here.
  • Watch a video produced by the Ohio Division Of Natural Resources titled “Orphaned and Injured Wildlife: What to Know & What to Do” posted on YouTube on March 23, 2021, here.

Cleveland Animal Protective League

The Cleveland Animal Protective League’s mission is to foster compassion and end animal suffering. Incorporated in 1913, they are an independent, nonprofit humane society located in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. They are located at 1729 Willey Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. Their main phone number is 216-771-4616 and their animal cruelty hotline is 216-377-1630.

Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter

The Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter is a temporary home for dogs that are found on the streets by the county dog wardens. Dogs are held for 72 hours in order for the owner to claim them. After the holding period, unclaimed dogs may be available for adoption. They are located at 9500 Sweet Valley Drive in Valley View, Ohio, Their phone number is 216-525-7877.

Northeast Ohio SPCA – Cleveland Ohio Animal Shelter

Northeast Ohio SPCA is a no-kill, non-profit organization focused on giving shelter pets a second chance at life by providing a safe haven for abandoned, homeless, and adoptable pets until they can find a home. Through adoption, education, spay and neutering, we save lives to make euthanasia of healthy animals unnecessary. They are located at 9555 Brookpark Road In Parma, Ohio. Their phone number is 216-351-7387.

Lorain County Ohio Nuisance Animal Control Information

Lorain County provides a list of commercial nuisance wild animal control operators that can trap the following nuisance animals (or at least provide assistance): raccoons, squirrels, opossums, groundhogs, woodchucks, foxes, bats, skunks, weasels, minks and rabbits.

City Of Cleveland Division of Animal Care & Control

The Cleveland Division of Animal Care & Control responds to animal complaints, enforces ordinances, picks up stray animals, and reunites lost animals with their owners. Cleveland Animal Control will pick up any trapped wildlife except skunks (contracted trappers will pick up skunks). For information about the City of Cleveland dead animal pick up, call 216-664-2000 or call CWR at 440-236-8114 to schedule the pick up of a dead deer or a dead animal carcass.

Animal Control Services Provided By The City Of Cleveland

If you are in need of trapping services, call Cleveland Animal Control Services at 216-664-3069 and leave your name, address, zip code, phone number, and type of nuisance animal.

Animal Control Services FAQ’s | City of Cleveland

Does the City of Cleveland have a service that traps nuisance wildlife? Who do I contact?

You can contact the Division of Animal Control at 216.664.3069. Residents have several service options to choose from regarding nuisance wildlife.

  1. You can use your own trap. Animal Control will pick up any trapped wildlife except skunks (contracted trappers will pick up skunks). We will return the trap or it can be picked up at Animal Control which is located at 9203 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.
  2. You can borrow a trap from us for a $20 returnable deposit. We will pick up any trapped wildlife except skunks (contracted trappers will pick up skunks). The trap will be returned or it can be picked up and used until you are satisfied. The deposit is returned when the trap is returned.
  3. The wildlife can be put on the contracted Wildlife Trapper list. Time frame for this service is unknown because it is difficult to estimate how long it will take the trapper to handle each assigned service call.

If you are in need of trapping services, call 216.664.3069 and leave your name, address, zip code, phone number, and type of nuisance animal. The trapper is not contracted to trap animals that are inside homes. If an animal becomes trapped inside your house, it is your responsibility to handle that situation. The Wildlife Trapping Service is available from April 15th to October 31st each year.

Parma Animal Shelter

The Parma Animal Shelter is run by volunteers for the stray and abandoned animals of the City of Parma. Volunteers dedicate their time to tasks such as walking the dogs, cleaning cages for the dogs and cats, feeding the animals, and giving them love. They are located at 6260 State Road in Parma, Ohio. Their phone number is 440-885-8014.

CITY DOGS Cleveland – Cleveland Animal Care & Control [216-664-3476]

CITY DOGS Cleveland is a program of Cleveland Animal Care Control (CACC), located at 9203 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102. Public hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday-Sunday from 10am to 3pm and Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 6pm. The CITY DOGS mission is to increase adoptions from the City Kennel by changing the image of the pit bulls who make up the majority of the kennel population, by preparing all adoptable dogs in the kennel for lives in loving homes and by creating as many opportunities as possible for the public to meet and get to know our dogs for the terrific pets they are meant to be.

Nature’s Nursery Holding Art Gallery And Auction
April 14, 2021
Funds raised will benefit the wildlife rescue organization.

Humane Squirrel Control And Exclusion Options

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.

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.
CRW BAT REMOVAL TRUCK IN THE DRIVEWAY OF A CINCINNATI HOME - Pest control companies in Ohio that specialize in bat removal, bat control and bat exclusion always arrive at a customer's location properly equipped for the job. The Cottom's Wildlife Removal truck pictured here arrived fully loaded with ladders, one way doors, heavy leather gloves, silicone caulking, coveralls, caulking guns, wire mesh, hardware cloth, exclusion devices, enzyme odor removers, hard hats, Tyvek suits, boots, goggles, catching nets, mist nets, telescoping cage nets and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

CRW BAT REMOVAL TRUCK IN THE DRIVEWAY OF A CINCINNATI HOME – Pest control companies in Ohio that specialize in bat removal, bat control and bat exclusion always arrive at a customer’s location properly equipped for the job. The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal truck pictured here arrived fully loaded with ladders, one way doors, heavy leather gloves, silicone caulking, coveralls, caulking guns, wire mesh, hardware cloth, exclusion devices, enzyme odor removers, hard hats, Tyvek suits, boots, goggles, catching nets, mist nets, telescoping cage nets and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

How To Protect Bats In Ohio – Ohio Bat Laws

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.

NOVEMBER 2, 2021 - The State Of Ohio Protect All Bats - This Means That Killing Bats Is Illegal Unless A Bite Or A Potential Exposure To A Bite Has Occurred

NOVEMBER 2, 2021 – The State Of Ohio protects all bats.  This means that killing bats is illegal unless a bite or a potential exposure to a bite has occurred. All bats in Ohio are declining and protected in some form or another and cannot be intentionally harmed. Therefore, you should not kill the bats in your attic as it is illegal. However, they should be removed due to potential health concerns for humans.

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 wildinfo@dnr.state.oh.us 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.

NOVEMBER 2, 2021 - Pictured Here Is The Cottom's Wildlife Removal Company Which Is Licensed To Perform Bat Exclusions In Ohio

NOVEMBER 2, 2021 – Pictured here are some of the folks that work at the the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company, which is licensed to perform bat exclusion services in Ohio. To request professional bird and bat exclusion services in Ohio call 440-236-8114. The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal Company gets bats out of attics, houses, attic vents, chimneys, garages, roofs, soffits and walls in Ohio.

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.

Ohio Wildlife Information And Wildlife Services

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)

Ohio Division of Wildlife On Facebook

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.

Download the

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

How Much Does It Cost To Remove Birds From Vents In Ohio?

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 $695 per vent. This fee includes cleaning out the vent and the installation of one cap.

Cottom's Wildlife Removal Company Get Birds And Bird Nests Out Out Of Attics, Chimneys, Dryer Vents, Roofs, Garages, Soffits And Houses For Ohio Residents And Businesses

The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal Company Get Birds And Bird Nests Out Out Of Attics, Chimneys, Dryer Vents, Roofs, Garages, Soffits And Houses For Ohio Residents And Businesses.

In Ohio, call CWR at 440-236-8114 in Cleveland, 614-300-2763 in Columbus or 513-808-9530 in Cincinnati to schedule an inspection and to get a written quote for CRW to remove birds from vents.

PICTURED HERE IS TYLER PHILLIPS, A BAT NETTING INSTALLATION EXPERT FROM OHIO - CRW bat exclusion professionals like Tyler Phillips, install knotted bat netting, mist bat netting and extruded bat netting for customers in Ohio and all across the United States. Bat netting is not easily broken, ripped or chewed through. Strong bat netting is an humane method to exclude bats from roosting sites in buildings, houses, eaves, attics and garages. These types of netting are made UV stabilized materials and do not injure bats.

PICTURED HERE IS TYLER PHILLIPS, A BAT NETTING INSTALLATION AND BAT EXCLUSION EXPERT FROM COLUMBUS, OHIO HOLDING A TUBE OF SILICONE CAULK – CRW bat exclusion professionals like Tyler Phillips, install knotted bat netting, mist bat netting and extruded bat netting for customers in Columbus, Ohio and all across the United States. Bat netting is not easily broken, ripped or chewed through. Strong bat netting is a humane method to exclude bats from roosting sites in houses, buildings, churches, warehouses, barns, yards, apartments, offices, cabins, attics, eaves, chimneys and garages. These types of netting are made from UV stabilized materials and do not injure bats. Professional grade bat netting should be attached during the evening (when the bats are gone) with staples or duct tape and extend about 6 inches beyond the opening that bats use to enter the attic or structure. This will allow bats to crawl out but not be able to find a way back in when they return from foraging on insects.

Bird Netting Installation, Bat Exclusion Netting Installation, Bird Spike Installation 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 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.

Bat Removal And Bat Control Services In Cleveland, Columbus And Cincinnati, Ohio

PICTURED HERE ARE BAT EXLUSION EXPERTS, ALEX SVENSEN AND JASON NEITENBACH WORKING ON A "BAT PROFFING" JOB IN PAINESVILLE, OHIO - They understand bat-handling, bat control techniques, bat biology and bat habitats. Exclusion is the best way for eliminating and preventing bats from residing in structures. The challenge is to avoid trapping young pups, and to prevent bats from relocating in the structure through other openings. Repairs or modifications to the attic, soffit, and roof may be necessary. Although tedious, it is necessary to locate all active and potential openings available to bats. This may require a lot of ladder work, and a machine lift may be necessary. Active holes can be identified by rub marks, guano, and sometimes odor. Look for gaps or openings around chimneys, fireplaces, plumbing, piping, attic doors or hatches, windowsills, air conditioners, ducts, louver fans, and pet doors. Broken window and door screens, and even open windows, can provide entry points. Because bats use some of the same holes in buildings where heated or cooled air is lost, bat-proofing often reduces energy costs for the client. Except for the actively used holes, seal all gaps of ¼ x 1½ inches and openings 5/8 x 7/8 inch or greater. However, be aware that sealing gaps can have disastrous effects on bat pups if done at the wrong time.

PICTURED HERE ARE 2 BAT EXCLUSION EXPERTS, ALEX SVENSEN AND JASON NEITENBACH WORKING ON A “BAT PROOFING” JOB IN PAINESVILLE, OHIO IN MAY OF 2021 – Alex and Jason understand bat-handling, bat control techniques, bat biology and bat habitats. Exclusion is the best way for eliminating and preventing bats from residing in structures in Ohio. CRW bat exclusion experts avoid trapping young pups and prevent bats from relocating in the structure through other openings. The CRW “bat crews” repair or modify attics, soffits and roofs when necessary. Although the work can be tedious and occasionally painful, Alex and Jason locate all active and potential openings available to bats. The CRW “bat men” climb ladders a lot and also use machine lifts when necessary. They identify active holes by guano, rub marks and smells. These two courageous CRW bat management experts look for gaps or openings around chimneys, fireplaces, plumbing, piping, exhaust vents, attic doors or hatches, windowsills, pet doors, air conditioners, power ventilators, ducts and louver fans. Broken windows, damaged door screens and open windows allow bats to get into buildings. Because bats use some of the same holes in buildings where heated or cooled air is lost, “bat proofing” minimized energy costs for CRW customers in colder climates such as Ohio. Except for the actively used holes, CRW bat control professionals seal all gaps of ¼ x 1½ inches and openings 5/8 x 7/8 inch or greater. CRW bat exclusion experts are fully cognizant that sealing gaps can have terrible effects on bat pups if done at the wrong time of year.

Hire The Best Bat Control Company In Ohio

PICTURED HERE ARE 6 PROFESSIONAL BAT CONTROL EXPERTS AND ATTIC RESTORATION SPECIALISTS IN OHIO - HIRE THE BEST BAT CONTROL COMPANY IN OHIO - Pictured Here Are 6 Professional Bat Control Experts And Attic Restoration Specialists In Ohio - This humane bat removal company picture was taken in Cleveland, Ohio on May 26, 2021. Shown in the picture (left to right) are Kyle Fortune, Tyler Phillips, Alex Svensen, Nathan Lang, Mike Cottom Jr. and Jason Neitenbach. CRW is a local (Ohio only) bat control service (Ohio only) that does not exterminate bats or use live traps to catch bats. Rather, bats are safely removed from homes and buildings in Ohio using multiple bat exclusion processes, one-way bat doors (bat valves), bat exclusion devices, funnels, netting and tubes. The 6 men pictured above certainly know how to get rid of bats in houses. First, they identify all the areas where bats get in. Then they remove unwanted bats from buildings by placing exclusion devices over the main bat entrance and by sealing all the other roof gaps and soffit holes. This means that the roof, eaves and attic are sealed except for primary exits which are outfitted with one-way bat doors which allow bats to exit but prevent re-entry. Costs to hire a bat removal specialist in Ohio start at $239. Bat exclusion costs in Ohio start at $1,495. Some pest control companies and exterminators in Ohio, such as Terminix and Orkin offer bat removal services but they these bat removal companies specialize in controlling rodents and insects and don't have the experience and range of equipment required that the Cottom's Wildlife Removal company possesses.

PICTURED HERE ARE 6 PROFESSIONAL BAT CONTROL EXPERTS AND ATTIC RESTORATION SPECIALISTS IN OHIO – This humane bat removal company picture was taken in Cleveland, Ohio on May 26, 2021. Bat removal specialists shown in the picture (left to right) are Kyle Fortune, Tyler Phillips, Alex Svensen, Nathan Lang, Mike Cottom Jr. and Jason Neitenbach. Bats can live up to four decades and come out on warm nights to find insects. To schedule an inspection and consultation in Ohio, contact the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company.

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.

CRW bat control “wizards” use multiple bat exclusion processes, one-way bat doors (bat valves), bat exclusion devices, funnels (cones), netting and tubes to get bats out.

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.

Humane Wildlife Solutions In The Buckeye State Capital

Humane Wildlife Removal Services In Columbus, Ohio

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.

HIRE THE BEST BAT CONTROL COMPANY IN OHIO - Bats in Ohio are beneficial because they feed on and help to control many agricultural pests. The exclusion of more than 15 individual bats from a structure in Ohio 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. To apply for a bat exclusion authorization, please complete and return a Bat Exclusion Authorization Application to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. You can also contact ODNR Division of Wildlife customer service at 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) or email wildinfo@dnr.state.oh.us. To schedule an inspection and a bat exclusion service contact the Cottom's Wildlife Removal company at 440-236-8114 in Cleveland or Northern Ohio, 614-300-2763 in Columbus or Central Ohio or 513-808-9530 in Cincinnati or Southern Ohio. Bat in Ohio are not dangerous and they will not attack you. Bat-strain rabies is present everywhere in Ohio with rabid bats having been identified from nearly all of Ohio's counties over the years. The 6 bat removal specialists pictured here provide reliable bat control solutions to Ohio businesses and homeowners to get rid of bat colonies and bat guano. Homeowner's insurance does not normally cover bat removal exclusion services in Ohio, but some policies cover the cost of attic restoration services.

HIRE THE BEST BAT CONTROL COMPANY IN OHIO – The 6 bat removal specialists pictured here provide reliable bat colony control solutions and bat guano cleanup services to Ohio businesses and homeowners. Homeowner’s insurance does not normally cover bat removal exclusion services in Ohio, but some policies cover the cost of attic restoration services. Bats in Ohio are beneficial because they eat insects and feed on many agricultural pests. The exclusion of more than 15 individual bats from a structure in Ohio 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. To apply for a bat exclusion authorization, please complete and return a Bat Exclusion Authorization Application to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. You can also contact ODNR Division of Wildlife customer service at 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) or email wildinfo@dnr.state.oh.us. To schedule an inspection and bat exclusion services contact the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company at 440-236-8114 in Cleveland or Northern Ohio, 614-300-2763 in Columbus or Central Ohio or 513-808-9530 in Cincinnati or Southern Ohio. Bats in Ohio are not dangerous and they will not attack you. Bat-strain rabies is present everywhere in Ohio with rabid bats having been identified from nearly all of Ohio’s counties over the years.

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.

The Little brown bat is Ohio’s most common species of bat. Two Ohio bat species live in houses and attics; the Big brown bat and the Little brown bat.

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 Hoary bat is the largest bat found in Ohio and most widespread American bat. The Hoary bat can weigh up to 35 grams.

In Ohio however, the Little brown bat population size has declined dramatically due to habitat loss and a deadly disease (fungus) known as White-nose Syndrome (WNS).

The deadly white-nose syndrome has been found on bats in Cuyahoga and Geauga County parks in Ohio.

Some colonies of brown bats removed in Ohio by licensed wildlife control specialists at CWR may total a dozen or more.

Bats are mammals that use adapted forelimbs as wings to fly and they are more maneuverable than birds.

The Ohio Division of Natural Resources classifies bats as a nuisance species. Some of the most common species of bats that the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company gets out of attics and homes in Ohio are colonial bats such as Big brown bats, Little brown bats and Mexican free-tailed bats.

According to Barbara French, a biologist with Bat Conservation International, many people have a few bats in their attic and never know it. But a large colony of bats can become a noise or odor nuisance. Bats should not be allowed to enter interior living quarters.