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wildlife frequently asked questions

This is one of many common questions we receive every year. However, to some extent, each situation is unique and different. Often, you will need to take the information provided here and adapt it to your individual situation. Feel free to call the Wildlife Staff for more specific advice. We have 24-hour voicemail and will return your call as quickly as possible.

4. There’s a wild animal loose in my house. How can I get it out?

Specific suggestions for this problem are going to be slightly different, based on what kind of animal it is and even the exact location of the animal in the house, but there are some general guidelines to think about.

First, chasing the animal almost never accomplishes the goal of removing the animal. A wild animal being chased by a human is going to be frantic and more dangerous and apt to cause damage to the house or the human. The best scenario is to gently herd or direct the animal into a space with outside access (like an exterior door or window) and which can be closed off from the rest of the house. Turn on all the lights in this space and leave the door or window(s) wide open. The animal will find its own way out.

Remember, the animal doesn’t really want to be in your home any more than you want it there! So given the opportunity, it will leave on its own.

Always, feel free to call the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s Wildlife Staff at (440) 871-2900, ext 204 for more information.

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