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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

  • Magazine Article

    A day in the life: Antonia Gardner

    Wildlife veterinarian bids farewell to the old year at the South Florida Wildlife Center

    South Florida Wildlife Center (SFWC) in Fort Lauderdale may not rank as a New Year’s Eve hotspot, but for medical director and veterinarian Antonia Gardner, it’s a fitting place to pay tribute to “auld acquaintance” and to welcome new faces. The center, an HSUS affiliate, is open 365 days a year and takes in more than 12,000 animals annually. For SFWC’s dedicated staff and volunteers, this means a constant cycle of caring for the sick, injured or orphaned while saying farewell to the healthy and healed before they’re returned to their wild habitats.

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  • Blog Post

    Calls of the wild

    Finding more humane ways to resolve wildlife conflicts

    “I don’t want that raccoon laying eggs in my gutter,” the caller said. (And no, he wasn’t a transplant from Eastern Australia—where the egg-laying mammal, the platypus, resides.)
     

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  • Guide

    Coyote conflict resolution

    Conflicts among coyotes, people, and pets are a growing issue in urban and suburban areas across the U.S., and animal care and control professionals are often tasked with responding to them.

    The HSUS has created a template coyote management plan for use by community leaders and animal care and control professionals. This plan was developed after reviewing many successful coyote management plans across the U.S., as well as the latest science regarding the best way to prevent and solve coyote conflicts. It details the best approaches for solving a variety of conflicts among coyotes, people, and pets. Download it below!

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  • HSUS Program

    Wild Neighbors book

    A longtime a favorite of animal care and control professionals, this book provides practical, humane, and effective advice on how to share living space with our Wild Neighbors

    Our popular book, Wild Neighbors: The Humane Approach to Living with Wildlife is now free to view and download electronically! Long a favorite of animal care and control professionals, this book provides practical, humane, and effective advice on how to share living space with 35 of the most common species, from alligators to woodpeckers, found in the lower 48 states.

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  • Guide

    Humane Wildlife Conflict Resolution guide

    Is your facility overwhelmed with panicked calls from the public about wildlife problems? Do you spend too much staff time and energy dealing with such calls? If so, this manual is for you!

    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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  • Training/Event

    The psychology of call handling and what to do about orphaned wildlife calls

    The Humane Society of the United States

    This first webinar in our "Resolving the Public's Wildlife Problems in a Matter of Minutes" series will focus on 1) the psychology of call handling: tips for handling difficult callers, gaining the public’s trust and cooperation, and effective persuasion techniques, 2) how to properly diagnose and handle orphaned and injured wildlife calls (and not accept the caller’s interpretation!), 3) reuniting strategies for raptors, songbirds and mammals, along with the best monitoring protocols to ensure success.

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