Helping to Control the Wildlife Population

Feral Cats

feral cats With all of the options available for humanely trapping animals, there is simply no need to kill them. In many areas, there are problems with feral cats. Shelter workers and volunteers have developed and implemented a plan to help control the population of feral cats. Humane traps are set where feral cats are and once the cat is trapped it is taken to get spayed or neutered. Many places also clip their ear so that people know whether they should just release them or if they need to be neutered or spayed.

According to the ASPCA (2015), “Feral cats are free-roaming domestic cats who were never socialized by humans or have lived outdoors for so long that they have reverted to a wild state.” The trap and release program (TNR) has been the most humane and economically practical way of controlling the feral cats population. Vaccines are also a part of the TNR program helping to prevent future contagious diseases.

If kittens are trapped young before they turn feral which is at about two months they may have a chance to be domesticated and adopted out. That is the best case scenario. At the very least the stray cat population is being controlled by thousands of volunteers. The cats are never put down. They are just fixed so that they cannot reproduce. There are thousands of animals killed daily in animal shelters across America, so it is important to try to control that population. This is alright for the cat population, however, it may not be the best option for other species.

Wildlife that has become accustomed to urban life may appear to pose a threat to a homeowner. It is important for the homeowner to be patient and take for granted that the raccoon, squirrel, or even a skunk is a mother who needs a safe place for her babies for a short period of time. The trap and release option may seem like a good idea, however, it can do a lot more harm than good.

Animals who are trapped and then released rarely make it out in the wild in unfamiliar territory. Often times, they die and if they had babies and were removed the babies most likely died too. Sometimes, the best option is to wait it out. Once the den mother has fulfilled their purpose they will move on to another place. When they move on make the necessary repairs to the house in order to keep them out in the future. This is the best option if you are looking to humanely ensure the animals stay alive.

Bats

bat Sometimes, people in urban areas can have a bat problem. This can happen in rural areas as well. In the city if you have a bat problem if you call the police they will come and take care of the problem for you. They will trap it in a box trying not to injure it in any way and then release it outside. In the country, people are more likely to take care of this type of situation themselves and may think that it is funny that people in the city are afraid of a tiny bat.

Bats are helping to control the insect population, so humane trapping and releasing is important. Bats contribute greatly to the reduction of insects and without them the insect population would be out of control. There are a number of ways to safely evict bats and if you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself then it is usually possible to find someone that can help you.