As more natural habitats like forests and deserts turn into buildings and roadways, wild animals are forced into smaller and more crowded spaces—including our own backyards. While we may see the presence of these animals as a nuisance, they are simply trying to survive.
When furry creatures like mice, raccoons and squirrels try to share your home, live-trapping and setting them free in a park or other far-away natural area may seem like the most humane solution—but it can actually hurt the animals’ chances at survival.
The impression that some species are “overpopulated” generally overlooks the fact that they may have lost their habitat or their natural predators. Rather than mass killing, we’re working toward non-lethal wildlife population control.
Who were live-trapped and relocated from suburban areas to a large forest either soon died or disappeared from their release area, according to recent studies.
Is all baby rabbits need before they are ready to be out on their own. They may be small, but once they can hop, they are typically fine without human intervention.
Were killed by trophy hunters in the last two decades as a result of the perception that killing these animals protects livestock and reduces nuisance complaints.
No matter how big or small your outdoor space, you can create a haven for local wildlife. By providing basic needs like water, food and shelter, you can make a difference in your own backyard.