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Shelters and rescues often get calls from the public about abandoned or injured wildlife, or about conflicts with wild animals. We have resources to help you handle them in the most humane and effective way. More than ever, animal care and control professionals are tasked with responding to the public’s wildlife conflicts and concerns. The HSUS has more than 30 years of experience in resolving urban wildlife conflicts and has developed an extensive library of resources for animal care and control professionals that we would like to share with you. Check them out below and learn how to make your community a better place for your Wild Neighbors!  

  • Humane Wildlife Conflict Resolution guide

    Whether you’re an animal control officer, police dispatcher, shelter staffer, wildlife rehabilitator or veterinary or nature center staffer, this manual will give you the answers you need. Our aim is to provide easy, practical solutions—over the phone—for the wildlife dilemmas you encounter daily.

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  • Net worth

    I started using netson my first day as an animal control officer, more than 25 years ago. Faced with the task of catching a feral cat who had escaped into the backyard of a hoarder’s residence, I used a net with a small mesh size to safely and humanely contain and then transport the cat to the shelter. The mesh size of the net was important to the task—the holes were not large enough to fit a pencil through, and I noticed that the feral cat appeared calmer once inside the net, seeming to relax a bit once his body was enclosed by the small, dark mesh.

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Most recent Tools and Resources > Wildlife

  • Blog Post

    One-stop shopping for wildlife questions

    This is the third in a series of three blogs showcasing how our Wild Neighbors partners have implemented one of the criteria of our Wild Neighbors pledge.

    It may seem like a simple question, but the issue of who is responsible for the wildlife in the City of Austin, Texas, can be confusing. Are these creatures the responsibility of the parks department or a combination of the departments with land management responsibilities? What happens when wild animals don’t stay in our parks and greenspaces? Should someone call a community nonprofit? The police department? A state agency?

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  • Training/Event

    Working with Wildlife Control Services to Provide More Humane and Effective Solutions

    The Humane Sociery of the United States

    Does your agency or shelter refer calls from the public to wildlife control companies for assistance?  While good phone advising and wildlife policies can effectively resolve the majority of the public’s conflicts with wildlife, there are instances (such as wildlife intrusions into a structure, wildlife with young using a void space, or issues involving bat colonies) where constituents may need the assistance of a wildlife control service.

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  • Training/Event

    Wildlife webinar for animal care and control professionals: Solving Problems with Coyotes

    Humane Society of the United States

    Getting calls about coyote sightings and conflicts in your community? If not, you probably will be soon! Now firmly entrenched in every state (except Hawaii), coyotes are well adapted to urban and suburban areas and are all around us! While their presence is often alarming to the public, conflicts with coyotes can be easily avoided and solved. Join us for this free webinar, which will discuss how the public can reduce coyote attractants in their yards and neighborhood, information about the best way to protect pets, and tools for successfully changing the behavior of problem coyotes.

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