Do not handle the animal. Call the Wildlife Center at 330.477.0448 for instructions or follow the voicemail instructions.
Put a radio in the attic or pointed under your porch/shed. Leave it on a hard rock station (just loud enough to have a constant sound) for three days and three nights. On the fourth day if the animal is gone, close up any holes to deter more unwanted visitors.
Cat saliva is full of bacteria and can be very harmful to wildlife. Dogs can cause unseen internal injuries if they catch an animal in their mouth. Call the center to bring the animal in to get examined.
If the bat was found in a bedroom overnight with a sleeping child or adult, please call your local health department. Otherwise, close off the room that the bat was found in and open a non-screened window at least two inches. It will find its way out after dark. If this is not an option, wait until the bat is motionless to a place box, coffee can, or similar object over the bat. Take a piece of cardboard and slide it between the object and the surface the bat is on containing the bat. Take it outside and lift the container while holding it about five feet off the ground to allow the bat to fly away. Do not release a bat during the day or during cold/bad weather.
No. Wild animals are protected by federal and state laws, making it illegal for anyone to possess them without the proper permits.
We can offer a variety of tips to help deter nuisance animals. Remember that if wildlife do not have suitable shelter or a food sources, they will probably not inhabit an area. Give us a call for safe solutions!
No. Animals cannot be released on park property.
Bats are nocturnal so any bat that is down during the day will need help. Most encounters will be with adults unless it is late May through July when babies are born. Injuries are usually due to predator attacks such as hawks, owls, and cats.
Although they are considered rabies vectors, rabid bats usually live only a short time after becoming infected. If you discover a bat inside a room where a person has been asleep, capture it and take it to the local health department for testing.
A bat will need to be brought to a rehabilitation center if:
Orphaned or not?
Leave the bat alone if:
A bat may need to be brought to a rehabilitation center if:
If you choose to capture a bat for treatment, protect yourself from bites by using thick gloves and avoid direct contact. Wait until the bat is motionless, then place a Tupperware container over it and slide a piece of paper between the container and the object it is perching on. Once in the container, put on a lid with small holes for air. If you are transporting a baby, add supplemental heat via a warm water bottle or hands warmers covered by a thin towel or paper towel. Be sure to secure the water bottle so it does not roll over the baby during transport. NEVER attempt to give an animal food- inappropriate food or feedings can severely damage or kill wildlife.
What to Do if You Find a Bat in Your House
How to Deter an Unwanted Colony from an Area
Leave the opossum alone if:
An opossum will need to be brought into a rehabilitation center if:
If you choose to capture one for treatment, remember to protect yourself from the opossum’s sharp teeth and claws.
A baby opossum may need to be brought into a rehabilitation center if:
Keep the animal in a warm, quiet, dark location where it will be protected until you can bring it to a rehabilitation center. Young animals should be given a heat source, especially if kept overnight. Baby opossums should have a source of both heat and humidity- place a warm, wet sponge or cloth in the box as well. NEVER attempt to give an animal food - inappropriate food or feedings can severely damage or kill wildlife.
How to Deter Visiting Opossums
Opossums usually only come around when there is a readily available food source.
How to Evict an Opossum Living under the Shed/Porch/Deck
Opossums are nocturnal- wait until he is out for the night (anytime between midnight and dawn) and seal the entrance. Secure outbuildings with heavy-duty hardware cloth or poultry wire. For woodpiles place a vinegar or ammonia-soaked rag near the entrance.
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