Opossum with severe trap injury.
HOW TO RELEASE TRAPPED ANIMALS
Cover trap with a sheet or blanket. The door will need to be propped open. The animals will run out when the cover is removed.
Services we offer:
- Feral cat trapping and transport
- Domestic pets
- Sick or injured wildlife
Wildlife conflicts are not resolved by trapping and removing the 'offending' animal(s) because new individuals quickly fill the vacancy.
1 - 1 = 1
The key to resolving conflicts is to figure out why the animals are attracted to a property, and how they are prospering - what's supporting their existence.
Bottom line: trapping is not the answer.
CALIFORNIA TRAPPING LAWS AND REGULATIONS
- Legally trapped wild animals must be released on site or immediately killed.
- All traps must be marked with a number registered with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Title 14 CCR Section 465.5(f)(1).
- No one (not even licensed trappers) may set a trap within 150 yards of another person's home without that or those persons' written consent. Title 14 CCR Section 465.5(g)(3)
- Relocation is prohibited by law - you cannot transport an animal to another location - for good reason. Animals die trying to come home; it risks separating family units; it risks spread of disease. Title 14 CCR Section 465.5(g)(1)
- Traps must be inspected and animals removed at least once a day. Title 14 CCR Section 465.5(g)(2)
Additionally, there must be cause - damage, before animals can be taken under Fish and Wildlife Code 4152, and then, only the animal(s) causing the damage may be taken - non-target animals that are inadvertently trapped must be released unharmed.
For more on trapping laws and regulations, click HERE.
More on why trapping is not the answer
While it's easy to think, if you can get rid of the animal, you'll get rid of the problem, that's just not the case.
When animals are removed, new individuals from the surrounding area move into the vacant habitat. Trapping is an outdated practice that serves only the commercial trapper who profits from repeat business.
The intruding animals are not the actual problem but a symptom - an indication of a greater issue - an accessible food resource. Remove the resource or eliminate the animals' access to it, and the animals will move on to more hospitable habitat.
It truly, truly is that simple!