Should You Try to Kill Nuisance Wildlife?

When you have nuisance wildlife terrorizing your character, your first instinct might be to try and kill it. Whether its raccoons making a mess of your yard every night, snakes breeding and infesting you lawn or mice nesting in your attic it may be tempting to try and kill them. In some situations, this is the best course of action to take and sometimes it is not. There are several things that you must consider before you decide to either kill them or have them removed.

Legal Issues:

Some states have strict laws on which animals can be killed and which ones cannot. For example, if bats are your target, you pretty much have your hands tied as they are considered a unprotected species in most states. Trapping an animal and then killing it is also illegal in most states. You can find out what your rights are by calling your local humane society or animal control office. They will tell you what you can do and what you cannot do and they may already be able to help you with removing the problem animal.

Logistical Issues:

Another thing that you must consider is how you will kill these animals. When animal control removes pests they usually trap the animal and then euthanize the critter. This is the best way to go about it. DO NOT try to poison the animal. Not only is this ineffective, but it is slow-acting and can cause the animal to go to a hard to reach place (like your attic or walls) to die. This will create a horrible smell that you do not want.

Poisons can also be dangerous to other animals and your pets. Animals that are not pests could eat the poison and die. Your pet could get into the poison and die. Your pet or other animals could also eat the poisoned animal and then become poisoned indirectly. Depending on the animal you are trying to kill, your plans of action must change. Make sure you have thought everything by.

Furthermore, do you have the necessary equipment to protect you from diseases the animal may be carrying and the chemical to disinfect the area once the animal is removed? If not you should consider calling someone who is trained and equipped to manager the problem safely.

Disposal Issues:

As you can imagine, there are many laws about the disposal of animal carcasses, and they vary from state to state. Generally, you cannot “dump” a body anywhere near a road, someone’s character or next to a body of water. You cannot burn a body without the permission of the fish and wildlife office and this is only approved when the carcass has some kind of infectious disease. You can bury the body underground, but it must be buried at the minimum 2 feet underground as long as it is not in a flood plain.

These are only a few of the issues that you must take into consideration, when deciding whether you are going to kill a pest or if you are going to remove it from your character instead. Do your research and contact the proper professionals and offices if you are unsure of your rights and the logistics of killing wildlife and disposing of the body.

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