Removing Wildlife The Humane Way
Posted on June 8, 2016
In the past it was commonplace for industrial, commercial, and residential developers to move into an unpopulated area and destroy the natural flora and fauna, all in the name of progress. This kind of blind expansion into undeveloped areas led to the destruction of natural habitats and vital hunting and breeding grounds. This resulted in mass animal die offs and in some cases the total annihilation of species endemic to the regions being developed.
In the latter part of the twentieth century it became clear that measures would have to be passed in order to protect animals from future development. With the passage of animal protection bills like the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the US government illustrated that it was willing to take a proactive approach to protecting wildlife.
In the decades following the passage of the ESA, much has been done to address the needs of native species.
A tremendous effort has been made to both educate and inform the public about the importance of wildlife. Understanding and appreciating the role that animals play in our ecosystem is key to resolving conflicts in a non-lethal way.
The discussion about wildlife protection may seem irrelevant to many Americans living in metropolitan areas. It is precisely these areas, however that require the most tolerance when it comes to dealing with native species because in spite of the development in urban areas, wildlife still manages to thrive there.
Education plays an important role when addressing how to handle the presence of potentially dangerous predators in neighborhoods teeming with people, but education can only go so far. No matter how much care and consideration is given to protecting wildlife it occasionally becomes necessary to remove them from their natural habitat. In these cases, humane animal removal is preferable over euthanasia.
Respectful coexistence is an important ideal. However, in the event that you find an animal on your property or in your neighborhood, there are a few simple steps that the Humane Society recommends you take to evaluate whether humane removal is necessary.
- Educate yourself about the animal in question. Learn their feeding and breeding habits and determine whether or not they are actually a threat.
- Gather evidence. Investigate any possible damage that may be associated with the animal. Be on the lookout for nests, claw marks, footprints, fecal matter, and pay close attention to any sounds that seem out of the ordinary. Keep a record of all of this information.
- Accurately gauge the seriousness of the problem. Is the behavior of the animal a threat? Does the activity appear to be seasonal?
- Take Action if there is something that you can do to take care of the situation safely. For example, you can use natural repellents or make modifications to your property and/or home.
- Evaluate your success. If you have not been successful, please seek the help of a professionally licensed animal removal specialist.