Friday, January 17. 2020
Who Really Benefits from Trapping and Relocation?
By far, the majority of the public believes that trapping and relocating wildlife is a good solution to a problem they are having with “nuisance wildlife."
The public thinks that if the offending animal is trapped and relocated and the number of animals in the neighbourhood is ultimately reduced, then the problem will go away. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
The vacancy created by moving an animal out of the neighbourhood offers an opportunity for other animals in the vicinity to move in to take advantage of the existing food and shelter. Since no overall reduction in the number of animals will be achieved in the long run, trapping and relocation is nothing but an exercise in futility and a waste of money.
Nevertheless, start-up operators are capitalizing on the public’s belief that trapping and relocating is the answer, causing a huge comeback of this once rarely used practice.
Why then do we outright ignore the sound arguments of the past that labelled trapping and relocation as inhumane, not scientifically sound nor a long-term solution?
• Trapping creates orphans by taking a mother animal away from her dependent offspring.
• Wildlife will do anything to escape the confinement of the trap, often causing serious self-injury and sometimes death.
• Relocating wildlife away from their known food sources and shelter causes stress and starvation.
• Studies have shown that trapped animals can die of stress related causes even days after being released.
• Dumping wildlife into the territory of another animal can end up in vicious territorial fights over food and shelter.
• Transferring a sick animal into a population of healthy animals spreads infectious diseases.
• Exposure to adverse weather conditions and inconsistent monitoring of the traps while confined can kill the animal.
Please speak-out against the inhumane use of traps as a means of wildlife control!
Thursday, January 16. 2020
Recognizing the adverse repercussions caused by wildlife trapping and relocation prompted our founder, Brad Gates to develop a more humane approach that safe-guards the welfare of our urban wildlife while providing a long lasting solution for the customer.
He set out 35 years ago to create a socially acceptable and humane solution to urban wildlife control that would minimize the stress caused to the animal. Development and application of passive removal techniques, on-site release methods, together with effective re-entry prevention measures provides the answer to solving wildlife problems. Over the years we continue to adapt with the animals and improve our methods to better suit their natural biology and behaviour. Our goal is to "work with mother nature, not against her."
Passive Removal Techniques
• One way doors have been designed to install at the point of wildlife entry in order to permit the normal exiting of the resident wildlife while preventing re-entry. While this method appears to be a simple and effective means of solving wildlife intrusions, it can prove to be as inhumane as trapping and relocation. The use of improperly designed one way doors, failure to search for offspring and without close monitoring can result in unnecessary harm and possible death. It should also be noted that the complexity of situations that exist demands a wide breadth of knowledge of unique food habits, moving patterns, birth cycles, and behavioral reactions to different stimuli.
On-site Release Methods
• Leaving animals on-site in familiar territory allows their continued access to existing food and secondary shelter opportunities. Close monitoring is then possible and is vital, especially during the birthing season to ensure that nursing animal mothers have not been separated from dependent offspring. Baby animal(s) are placed in weather protective/heated releasing boxes which are securely placed outside adjacent to the point of entry. This allows the mother animal to relocate at her own pace to predetermined alternative den sites.
Re-entry Prevention Applications
• To avoid new or recurring problems created by opportunistic wildlife, animal proofing measures must be implemented. This long term preventative approach prevents potential attractions and unnecessary removal/repair expenses. Animal proofing measures include: trimming tree branches to prevent easy access to the roof, screening chimneys, roof vents and other potential animal entry areas, regular roof maintenance by replacing missing or damaged shingles. Cleaning eavestroughs to permit proper drainage and preventing roof structure rot are also part of the prevention techniques. Removal of food sources by securing garbage can and composting container lids and refraining from feeding wildlife are as important.
In conclusion, these non-trapping/entry prevention methods will create a positive and enjoyable association with our urban wildlife while minimizing potential conflicts. These methods are becoming more and more accepted and are adopted by an increasing number of wildlife removal companies and wildlife interest groups not only in Ontario and British Columbia but across Canada and the USA.
The humane treatment is an essential objective. Working together through mutual understanding is therefore critical and beneficial to all.
Wednesday, January 15. 2020
An Avoidable Event
Following up in a timely fashion on all work in progress is not only important but it can also mean life or death for the animals involved. This is especially important during the spring season when dependent babies may be involved.
Unfortunately, there are some wildlife removal companies that choose to make this essential task a low priority. A one-way-door is installed at the point of entry and a return visit is never scheduled to check if the job in question was proceeding according to plan. What generally happens is the mother animal will exit through the one-way-door and become locked on the outside while her young babies are still in the attic. It is not uncommon for our company to be called out to rescue the babies from the attic because the company that initiated the work refused to return.
During the baby season each and every job should be checked regularly to ensure the mother animal has not been separated from her offspring. A sure sign that this has happened is when a desperate attempt is made to chew or claw their way back in at the point of entry. When a technician fails to return to the site to conduct a follow up inspection the separated babies could die a horrible death without their mother.
The juvenile babies in the attached picture were trapped inside the attic. Notice the screened vent on the roof behind them, blocking the mothers access back into the attic.