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Monday, August 10, 2015

Trapping and relocating wildlife is the kiss of death

A raccoon in the chimney, a woodchuck under the shed, a skunk under the back porch …
When confronted with wildlife living up-close, well-meaning homeowners often resort to what they see as the most humane solution—live-trapping the animal and then setting them free in a lush, leafy park or other far-away natural area.

It sounds like a good idea, but the sad truth is that live-trapping and relocation rarely ends well for wildlife, nor is it a permanent solution. Why isn’t this approach as humane and effective as it seems, and what other options do caring people have when wildlife conflicts arise? Read on for the answers—and some solutions!

1. Moving animals without a permit is unlawful in the State of Michigan
2. The welfare of relocated animals is often poor and survival is low  
3. You may be taking a mother away from her babies
4. Relocated animals usually don't stay at a release site and could become a problem for others

Patience, it's a virtue
If you discover a wildlife family nesting in or around your home, the ideal response is patience. Be tolerant and within a few weeks the family will move on by themselves. If the animals are not causing damage or harm, you can be assured that once the young are big enough to leave the birth den, you can make repairs to prevent animals from moving in again.

"Nuisance Animals" all have purpose, whether it is to clean up carrion, eat bugs or vermin or by becoming prey themselves. I think we have to keep in mind that humans cleared their sheltering forests, cut down the dead trees they nest in, removed many of their natural food sources as well as natural predators, and otherwise upset the balance of their native environments. I have found that it is much easier to learn to coexist with nature rather than trying to fight it constantly.

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