There are 21 species of fur-bearing animals in Canada, including raccoons, foxes, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, and more. Though the larger of these – bears, wolves, and coyotes – tend to get a lot of attention, the smaller mammals face similar persecution and difficulties as they search for safe places for their families.
Raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, skunks, rabbits, and other small fur-bearing animals are often perceived as nuisances by landowners. Whether they are rooting through garbage, digging at gardens or crops, accessing housing or structures, or coming into conflict with pets, complaints can be frequent. Sadly, many people resort to lethal options – trapping and poison are common.
But like conflict that occurs with large predators or other animals, it is often human behaviour that has led to the problem – and it is human behaviour that can resolve it without violence.
To prevent conflict with wildlife of varying species, there are some simple tips that homeowners and landowners can take:
If you find wildlife in your home, please contact a reputable and humane wildlife removal agency like AAA Gates’ Wildlife Control in Ontario (AAA Wildlife Control in B.C.) who will not only treat your home like their own, but provide non-lethal solutions that keep animals and their offspring safe.
You can also do spot checks as seasons change to look for potential entry points or attractants for small mammals.
In the case of small mammals – and large ones – it’s vital to remember that these animals are simply trying to survive and provide for their families. They have learned to live among us – it’s fair that we learn to live with them.
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