Frequently Asked Questions about Nongame Wildlife:
I found a baby bird. Whad do I do with it?
- If you find a baby bird during the summertime, the best thing to do is leave it alone. The same goes for any baby animal. A lot of times during the breeding season you will come across a baby bird, deer, etc. that does not have a parent around and may appear orphaned. 9 times out of 10 this is not the case. Many times the parents are out searching for food to take care of their young and will return soon. Also, young birds will often leave the nest before they are ready to fly appearing helpless or injured, but are actually in the process of learning to fly on their own. The best thing to do is leave any wild animals, birds, deer, raccoons, etc., where you found them – in the wild.
How do I keep snakes out of my yard?
- If snakes are coming into your yard, they are most likely finding a food source such as mice there. The best way to keep snakes out of your yard is to get rid of the food source. Clear your yard of any brush piles, thick shrubbery, or areas where mice may live. Also, keeping grass mowed and your yard clean will help. Snakes like to have hiding places, so eliminating those and food sources are the best option to keep snakes away.
I found a bat in my attic. What do I do?
- Don’t panic. The most important thing is to figure out where the bats are coming in so those places can be closed once the bats are removed. For information on what to do if a bat is in your house click here: Removing a Single Bat. Also, you may contact a nuisance wildlife control operator that is permitted to handle bats and can help with exclusion. Click here for more information on nuisance control operators: Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators