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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

  • Guide

    What are animal shelters are doing to protect wildlife from cats?

    There are many things animal shelters, rescue groups and animal control agencies do to keep local wildlife safe from cats. Shelters may not even think of these actions as being helpful to wildlife, yet it is important to note the value in this work for a broad range of species.

    Here are some things local organizations may do to help both cats and wildlife:

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  • Guide

    Resolving conflicts between cats, wildlife and humans

    Where there is conflict between two groups of animals—cats and native wildlife—we don’t need to choose between them. By combining proactive steps to avert conflict with sound mitigation strategies we can help both. These same strategies can also help us resolve conflicts with cats and humans.

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  • 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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