Outdoor Wildlife Can Become a Big Backyard Problem
Beaver Nuisance Concerns: The beaver is the largest rodent found in North America. Adults can weigh up to 65 pounds. Beavers are a major nuisance species causing extreme damage with their damns and to trees and landscape. Dam building is a serious matter, resulting in flooding, plugged culverts and washout of roads. Beavers must be trapped, removed and relocated to successfully rid the area of them Chipmunks Nuisance Concerns: Chipmunks are omnivorous burrowing rodents, whose diet consists primarily of grains, nuts, berries, seeds, and insects. They hibernate, and store food for the winter. They are considered a nuisance because they eat flower bulbs, fruits, seeds, and seedlings. Once they take over in large numbers, they cause structural damage by burrowing under foundations and damaging landscape or farmland.
Coyote Nuisance Concerns: Coyotes grow four to five feet long, weigh an average of 30 to 50 pounds. As with most Canids , Coyotes are carnivores with diets consisting of rabbits, deer, birds and other wildlife. They also scavenge and can bring down larger prey in packs, will approach humans and definitely eat your pet right before your eyes.Like many others of their species, Coyotes have become accustomed to humans, so finding them rummaging through garbage, lapping at your pool or eating your pet in the backyard isn’t uncommon. For farmers or livestock the Coyote presents a challenge, which must be immediately dealt with, since they know chickens, sheep and calves are easy prey.Coyotes should be trapped and removed for examination.
Flying Squirrels Nuisance Concerns: The northern flying squirrel is a small, nocturnal mammal weighing 3 to 5 ounces and measuring 6 to 8 inches in total length. It has a long, broad, flattened tail and does not actually fly, but uses flaps of skin on either side of its body to glide through the air. Yes, your kids will go crazy watching them “fly” from tree to tree, but Flying squirrels are a nuisance because they tend to colonize attics and can damage trees close to homes. Once in your attic, you’ll hear them scurrying in and out of the building, digging to make their entryway easier to access and nesting. Trapping, removal and exclusion is required to remedy a squirrel problem. After, you will need to address any repairs to your attic and wiring. Red & Gray Fox Nuisance Concerns: A Fox on your property is akin to any other small scavenger seeking food and shelter, near humans. They can use a variety of habitats for dens and will happily take some long forgotten burrow as its own. The Fox has a varied diet that includes small mammals and birds, fish, trash and pet food. On farms Foxes are well known for hunting and killing chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese. Small pigs, rabbits, young lambs, and some pets are also fair game when it comes to foxes. Additionally, foxes have been known to steal pet food left outside for outdoor pets.Foxes require trapping and exclusion, they should never just be killed since some may carry rabies and may have come in contact with household pets.
Rabbits Nuisance Concerns: Rabbits can grow to about 2ft long and 3lbs, and primarily a nuisance due to crop or garden damage. Eastern Cottontails Rabbits are herbivorous, eating a wide variety of plant materials and sometimes becoming backyard pets/garden pests. Their typical litters number from 3 to 5 young, born after a gestation period of about 28 days. In high numbers and in extreme situations, a Cottontail Rabbit can transmit Tularemia to humans through open wounds or sores.
Otters Nuisance Concerns: The river otter is in the same family as the mink, weasel, skunk and badger. Adult animals are three to 4ft long, generally weigh 15 to 25 lbs. and are found in or near water. Otters look cute but are territorial, carry the rabies virus and will deplete fish life in any body of water. Otters should not be domesticated and professional wildlife exclusion is the recommended remedy.
Porcupine Nuisance Concerns: The porcupine is famous for their sharp quills used in self-defense, they grow to about 2ft long and approximately 20 lbs. Porcupines are nocturnal and feed on a variety of plants and trees. Porcupines will destroy trees and other wood on your property, which they gnaw. Like most rodents, Porcupines are not aggressive, choosing flight over fight, but pose a danger due to their sharp, barbed quills inevitably ending up in a household pet’s face or human hand.