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Muskrats are small animals usually dark brown in color that only grow to about three pounds. beaver are also typically brown colored but an average adult beaver weighs from forty to sixty pounds with 70 and 80 pounders relatively common. Take a look at this short video, the smaller animal is a typical 3-pound muskrat. The larger one is a typical 45-pound beaver.

We use many different traps depending on the animal, for coyotes, foot traps are mainly used. Watch this short video on how they actually work. For beaver we use foot traps, body grippers and cable restraints. For muskrats, small underwater cage traps and body grippers. Raccoons, opossums etc. cage traps are used. All the traps we use are tested and approved for humanness and efficacy under the best management practices program (BMPs) of the association of fish and wildlife agencies. Check here for more info.

We believe releasing them is inhumane, unethical, and very bad for conservation. We believe in, and practice science-based wildlife management. Here’s why.

Releasing an animal can result in a variety of issues, the most serious of which are listed below:

  1. Spread of disease, it is not possible to determine the health of an animal by looking at it. So, if you turn a raccoon or other animal loose at a public wildlife area (which is actually illegal by state DNR law) you could introduce distemper or other diseases which could result in hundreds of animals dying a slow cruel death instead of just the one animal being euthanized humanely. They also carry many parasites both the parasites as well as the diseases can be transmitted to pets, livestock and even people in some cases
  2. When you introduce a wild animal into habitat that is already occupied by that species you are putting a strain on the native population causing them to fight and compete for food and resources. In most cases the new commers are driven out or killed. Either way they die a slow cruel death.
  3. By state DNR law, animals can only be released on private land in the same county of capture with written permission from the landowner. In the case of animals that have large territories like coyotes, they will simply return to the place of capture and keep causing the same problem except now they will be practically impossible to recapture. Wildlife control people are also required to turn in the name, address etc. of the land owner and the number of each species released, very few private land owners want problem animals released on their land or want this information given to the state government.

In most cases in a week or less. Depending on weather conditions (rain or flooding delays etc.) and time of year. For instance, during January and February I travel south to southern states to do predator control for hunting clubs. Its typically not possible to do much good here in Indiana during that time of year anyway.

I would advise them to ask the wildlife company the following questions to determine whether they have the necessary training, skills, and licenses:

  • Are they a member or supporters of any professional wildlife conservation-related organizations?
  • Do they teach and or regularly attend Nuisance classes put on by the IDNR?
  • Do they keep up to date with the latest tools, traps, and laws affecting wildlife control?
  • Are they recommended by their local IDNR Conservation Officer?
  • Have they attended any trapping schools like the Furtaker College?
  • Are the traps they use BMP tested and approved?

The most important question to ask is whether the animal is causing enough of a problem to warrant its removal.

There’s no need to panic if you’ve spotted a raccoon or two in your yard. However, if these wild animals continue to return or increase in population, it may be time to consult an expert. If you have wildlife problems, such as beavers or muskrats wreaking havoc or causing property damage, it is best to consult a wildlife removal expert.

Even if you should leave the removal to the professionals, that doesn’t mean you can’t actively attempt to keep wildlife away from your yard or home. You may protect your home from wildlife in a variety of methods, including:

  1. Remove bird feeders.
  2. Put away all pet food at night.
  3. Properly secure trash cans.
  4. Maintain a clean and debris-free yard. This involves cleaning your outside grill on a regular basis, disposing of trash on a regular basis, and closing trash containers.
  5. Cap your chimneys.
  6. Seal any entrances to your home. Install screening over all vents, caulk cracks, cover dryer vents with wire mesh, and build a barrier between your porches and decks.
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