More than Removal: Our Role in Urban Wildlife Management

One typically would not associate wildlife management with wildlife removal however they go hand in hand these days. Agencies and wildlife managers have had to shift their focus from traditional management to a more specific and challenging task for our ever-growing urban landscapes.

Traditionally wildlife management has been in rural areas such as forests, grass lands, flood plains, etc. Each of those areas offer diverse habitats for a variety of species. When managed, everything must be taken into consideration such as vegetation, predator/prey relationships, climate, population sizes, niche, food and water sources, and more.

It is a science to figure out what is the best option for each species in each environment/habitat. There have been many guides, books, principles, and lectures that wildlife managers learned to do their best for the wildlife, and even then, each situation is a variation from what they learned from previous projects.

Managing a natural, or mostly natural, area for wildlife is a hard yet greatly rewarding task, but when you throw society and our expanding urban landscapes into the mix it is a whole new ball game. As the human population continues to climb so does the size of the cities. Big cities which have formerly taken up a fraction of the county are now the size of the whole county in many states. This triggered the shift from traditional management to urban management.

Urban wildlife management entails all the knowledge needed for traditional management for healthy populations and then doing a 180. Development and society do not mix with wildlife, hence their name: WILDlife. Many practices include exclusion methods and deterrents.

If we make the urban areas very unappealing or inaccessible to the wildlife, then it lowers the risk of species settling in and raising the next generations to be “resident populations” within cities. In other words, you need to make your crawl space or attic unappealing and inaccessible, so you don’t get critters having “real estate wars” or remodeling that area of your home for themselves.

Wildlife X Team- Midsouth works alongside urban wildlife management by removing and implementing exclusion methods for wildlife getting into homes. By preventing wildlife from getting into your home you decrease the risk of an animal or you getting injured.

When we receive a call about a critter being trapped in an attic or chimney we safely remove the animal and return it to its natural habitat. From there we like to inspect to determine where the critter(s) accessed your home and repair that entry point so no more get trapped or adapt to unnatural habitat such as your attic, crawl space, etc.

When we relocate, we release the critter a safe distance out of town so that individual animal has no risk of getting trapped back in your home. Although in some cases the animal may be a happy camper and not want to leave your humble abode, it is for the animal’s best interest that we return it to it’s natural environment.

By keeping wildlife out of your homes in this vast urban area we are able to do our part in helping keep everyone comfortable in their homes (environment if you’re wildlife) and safe.

If you want to learn more about how inspection process works or about how you can prevent wildlife from getting into your home feel free to contact us or schedule service now.