Ask Fish & Wildlife: How do I get rid of nuisance wildlife such as raccoons or skunks on my property?
How do I get rid of nuisance wildlife such as raccoons or skunks on my property?
The first step to discouraging nuisance wildlife on your property is to remove the source of attraction, which is usually food. Never leave pet food out, secure garbage and compost piles, and protect gardens and small livestock such as chickens. Prevent wild animals from taking cover on your property by sealing off spaces such as porches, garages, attics, etc.
Methods to discourage and physically remove wild animals vary by species and their protected classifications. In some cases, like Eastern gray squirrel, opossums or raccoons, you may live trap and release animals on your own property, or euthanize certain species of problem animals yourself.
A licensed wildlife control operator can trap and remove or humanely euthanize nuisance wildlife. A list can be found at wdfw.wa.gov/living/nuisance/nwco.html
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