Humane squirrel removal
If determining whether or not squirrels have been orphaned it is important to be patient, but also to act quickly once determining that they are orphans. The first most important thing is to provide heat to them. This is especially important if their eyes are not even opened yet because they are unable to self-regulate their body temperatures. Contacting the correct people who will care for the squirrel and not put it down should be done. Make sure to be aware and pay attention to what people say on the phone. Some people will either euthanize the animal or use it for some type of animal testing.
When humanely captured and given to the right people to care for it squirrels have a relatively good chance at life. They are first assessed with a physical exam to determine how healthy they are and what they will need as far as care is concerned. The baby squirrels will be taken care of until they are healthy enough to be released into the wild. Sometimes, the squirrel will be given food and gradually taken off of it as they learn how to fend for themselves better.
It is important to keep in mind that when a mother is around for her babies and is living in an area in your house that is unused the mother and her babies should be left there until the mother decides to move with her babies. This gives them the best shot possible at life in the wild. The squirrels will not bother anyone, and if you are looking for the best option of treating them humanely than leaving them alone altogether may be the best option.
Humanely dealing with raccoons
Raccoons can be beneficial for us and the environment for similar reasons to the bat. Raccoons also consume insects and help with pest control. Raccoons can sometimes be somewhat of a nuisance as well because they enjoy eating everything including vegetables in gardens. It is important to handle a raccoon situation in your home the same way that you would handle the squirrels. If a mother and her babies are using some space for a little while, your best bet is to just leave them be until they move on to somewhere else.
There are actually laws in some states prohibiting capturing raccoons and then releasing them on private or public property somewhere. If it becomes to be too much of a problem that it seems unbearable contact someone who can direct you to a legal way of removing them from your property. Once they are gone take the necessary measures to prevent reentry by other wild animals into your home.
Humane bird removal
One seemingly obvious answer to removing large groups of pigeons is to stop giving them a source of food. Individuals must be careful of leaving uneaten food where pigeons can get it encouraging them to flock and remain there. It is unnecessary to kill them and that does not work in pigeon control anyway.
The best way to prevent starlings from grouping in large numbers is to be proactive. Try to keep them out altogether by figuring out what needs to be done to prevent them from being able to get into your home. “A humane way to keep starling populations down is to close off current and potential nest cavities to prevent more birds from hatching rather than kill birds” (www.humanesociety.org, 2009). Sparrows should be treated the same way as pigeons and starlings when it comes to being proactive and avoiding providing food and nesting sources.
After careful consideration, it seems that there are many different humane ways to deal with different wildlife animals. Sometimes, it is best to leave the animal alone because disturbing it at all could create serious trauma. It is helpful to be aware of the positive aspects of the animals that we may be housing temporarily. Being proactive can also be extremely beneficial for preventing future predicaments with wild animals. Killing wild animals is not humane or effective, so it is not necessary to do at any point in dealing with wild animals.
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