The following links provide more information about a specific species, including additional tips for coexisting peacefully. Each fact sheet will open in a new browser window in PDF format; you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.

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Mammals   Birds

Bat [PDF 449k]
Silver haired bat 

 

Crow [PDF 182k]
 American Crow 

Black Bear [PDF 156k]
Black bear

 

Roosting Birds [PDF 247k]
Mourning dove 

Deer [PDF 191k]
White tailed deer 

 

Woodpecker [PDF 229k]
Red bellied woodpecker 

Opossum [PDF 263k]
Virginia Oppossum 

 

General Information

Raccoon [PDF 213k]
Raccoon 

 

About Wildlife Center [PDF 467k]
Merlin 

Skunk [PDF 166k]
Eastern striped skunk 

  Education Programs [PDF 211k]
Immature bald eagle

Squirrel [PDF 233k]
Eastern gray squirrel 

 

Coexisting with Wildlife [PDF 211k]
Nestling green heron 

Woodchuck [PDF 179k]
Woodchuck 

 

Cat Facts [PDF 138k]
Domestic shorthair Cat 

 

Rabies Facts [PDF 187k]

Magical Skunk Recipe
To remove skunk odor from people or pets, combine:
  • 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp. liquid dish or laundry soap

While solution is still fizzing, use a rag to rub it on affected areas. Leave for 3-4 minutes. Rinse well. Discard unused portions.

Warning: Hydrogen peroxide may give a dark-furred animal "rust-colored highlights."


Read more about preventing wildlife problems around your home in our brochure, Coexisting with Wildlife [PDF 211k].

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Homemade Critter Repellent
Mix together in a blender:
  • 2 cups of water
  • 5 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1 cup of chopped onions
  • 5 Tbsp. powdered hot pepper

Pour into a covered container and let stand for 24 hours. Strain and mix with 1 gallon of water. Apply to plants with a sprayer.

If you do not want to wait for animals to leave on their own, make their surroundings less inviting. Turn on a bright light and leave a radio tuned to a talk show near their den site. It is most effective to deploy as many deterrents as possible at the first sign of a problem.

If young are not present, you can exclude adults (that is, discourage them from returning) during their active times. Nocturnal animals such as bats should be excluded while they are out feeding at night, whereas squirrels can be excluded during the day. Set up a one-way door or stretch a piece of plastic across the entrance. When you are sure the animals are gone, close the opening permanently.

If young are present, do not trap them inside. The young will be unable to escape and their mothers will not be able to return to care for them. It is better to wait until they are grown and leave with their mother.

The fact sheets above provide more information about techniques for dealing with specific species of unwelcome wildlife, both in and around your home and garden.

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