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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

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    Cats, Wildlife and You Brochure: 500 Brochures

    Cats, wildlife and you cover

    Conflict between outdoor cats and native wildlife can be a dilemma for those who care about all animals. This brochure helps people prevent and resolve conflicts in their own backyards with easy to apply tips and tactics to keep both cats and wildlife safe. A great handout for animal shelters, wildlife rehab centers, and veterinary clinics.

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  • Store Product

    Cats, Wildlife and You Brochure: 100 Brochures

    Cats, wildlife and you cover

    Conflict between outdoor cats and native wildlife can be a dilemma for those who care about all animals. This brochure helps people prevent and resolve conflicts in their own backyards with easy to apply tips and tactics to keep both cats and wildlife safe. A great handout for animal shelters, wildlife rehab centers, and veterinary clinics.

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  • Blog Post

    Helping your community’s forgotten animals: Wildlife

    Photo by Stan Rohrer

    How one Virginia community connects the dots

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

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  • 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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