Monday, January 28. 2019
Recognizing the adverse repercussions caused by wildlife trapping and relocation prompted me to develop a more humane approach that safe-guards the welfare of our urban wildlife while providing a long lasting solution for the customer.
I set out 35 years ago to create a socially acceptable and humane solution to urban wildlife control that would minimize the stress caused to the animal. Development and application of passive removal techniques, on-site release methods, together with effective re-entry prevention measures provides the answer to solving wildlife problems. Over the years we continue to adapt with the animals and improve our methods to better suit their natural biology and behaviour. Our goal is to "work with mother nature, not against her."
Passive Removal Techniques
- One way doors have been designed to install at the point of wildlife entry in order to permit the normal exiting of the resident wildlife while preventing re-entry. While this method appears to be a simple and effective means of solving wildlife intrusions, it can prove to be as inhumane as trapping and relocation. The use of improperly designed one way doors, failure to search for offspring and without close monitoring can result in unnecessary harm and possible death. It should also be noted that the complexity of situations that exist demands a wide breadth of knowledge of unique food habits, moving patterns, birth cycles, and behavioral reactions to different stimuli.
On-site Release Methods
- Leaving animals on-site in familiar territory allows their continued access to existing food and secondary shelter opportunities. Close monitoring is then possible and is vital, especially during the birthing season to ensure that nursing animal mothers have not been separated from dependent offspring. Baby animal(s) are placed in weather protective/heated releasing boxes which are securely placed outside adjacent to the point of entry. This allows the mother animal to relocate at her own pace to predetermined alternative den sites.
Re-entry Prevention Applications
- To avoid new or recurring problems created by opportunistic wildlife, animal proofing measures must be implemented. This long term preventative approach prevents potential attractions and unnecessary removal/repair expenses. Animal proofing measures include: trimming tree branches to prevent easy access to the roof, screening chimneys, roof vents and other potential animal entry areas, regular roof maintenance by replacing missing or damaged shingles. Cleaning eavestroughs to permit proper drainage and preventing roof structure rot are also part of the prevention techniques. Removal of food sources by securing garbage can and composting container lids and refraining from feeding wildlife are as important.
In conclusion, these non-trapping/entry prevention methods will create a positive and enjoyable association with our urban wildlife while minimizing potential conflicts. These methods are becoming more and more accepted and are adopted by an increasing number of wildlife removal companies and wildlife interest groups not only in Ontario but across Canada and the USA.
The humane treatment is an essential objective. Working together through mutual understanding is therefore critical and beneficial to all.
By Brad Gates, B.Sc.
Brad Gates is the owner and president of AAA Gates Wildlife Control. He has over 35 years experience in the humane wildlife removal and prevention industry.