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April 11, 2013

Spring Kicks Off Wildlife Baby Boom

Human intervention may result in orphaned babies, injured wildlife

Humane Wildlife Services

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Wildlife baby season is here, which means people may come face-to-face with newborn animals during their spring-cleaning. Wild animals can be accidentally injured or orphaned when people trim trees, mow lawns, clean chimneys or find them trapped or nesting indoors.

There is good chance that this time of year homeowners might hear tiny footsteps in the attic, scratching in the walls or even chatter in the chimney. This commotion is typically related to a squirrel or raccoon mom who has taken advantage of an opening to raise her newborn babies. While there are humane and effective solutions to solving these wildlife conflicts, many people take action that not only unnecessarily harms animals, but ends up costing much more than it would have if done right the first time.

John Griffin, director of Humane Wildlife Services said: “Hundreds of people contact us throughout the spring season requesting help with their wildlife problems. While most people have very good intentions, all too often human intervention results in orphaned or injured animals.”

Earlier this week, HWS, a wildlife-conflict solution service provided to homeowners and businesses in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area by The Humane Society of the United States, responded to a call from a Washington, D.C. homeowner, who had lit a fire in an attempt to smoke out a raccoon living in their chimney. The mother raccoon tried to remove her young from the smoke-filled chimney, but one baby was left behind and had to be euthanized because of smoke inhalation. Unfortunately, HWS wasn’t able to ascertain what happened to the mom and her other kits.

Humane Wildlife Services urges homeowners who think they have a wild guest living in their home to not take matters into their own hands but instead, learn about the wildlife in their area, how they use homes, when they might have young and where to find help to humanely evict the animal. 

For a full list of tips and additional wildlife control information, visit humanesociety.org/humanewildlifeservices.

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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