Our service area primarily covers the eastern half of the state, but we may still be able to assist you in the Oklahoma City area if the job is large enough to cover travel and lodging expenses.

Trapping Nuisance Wildlife In The OKC Area

Oklahoma City presents a special challenge when it comes to trapping and relocating wildlife - it is one of the largest cities in the United States as per square mileage. Since animals must be relocated at least 5 miles outside the city limits, this makes the job of relocating wildlife a bit more difficult, in terms of both the expense for the client and the effects of the relocation process on the animal. Trapping is seldom the best option for wildlife problems in OKC.
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Special Considerations For The Oklahoma City Region

The trapping requests that come in most often from the Edmond, Oklahoma City, Norman, and Yukon areas are to remove the following:

More requests for relocation of these animals come from Oklahoma City and surrounding communities than anywhere else in the state. Trapping and relocation here also tends to be the most expensive market in Oklahoma due to the fact that Oklahoma City is the largest city in the United States, as per square mileage. Animals must be relocated 5 miles outside city limits - so relocation, by default, costs more than simply killing the animals - which is why most other wildlife removal companies choose to kill instead of relocate. In addition, in the hot Oklahoma summers with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees, transporting and relocating animals with an open bed pickup truck can be quite difficult, and animals can die very quickly from overheating.

Skunk Caught In Live
Trap Going Through The
Relocation Process

In the Edmond area, especially around Arcadia Lake, Kelly Park, Hafer Park and the Edmond Dog Park, we receive a lot of calls requesting live trapping and relocation of skunks, raccoons, opossum and squirrels. These areas have more nuisance wildlife due to the fact that many people practice do it yourself trapping (DIY). These individuals seldom employ wise relocation strategies and improperly relocate the animals in these parks, creating overpopulated conditions and a variety of wildlife control problems for nearby residents.

The Oklahoma City area requests a lot of skunk, raccoon and opossum trapping around the Twin Hills Golf Club, Will Rogers Park, Eldon Park, Lake Overholser, Stanley Draper Lake and the Lakeside Golf Course, but the most requests for trapping in the area is immediately around Lake Hefner due to the fact that the parks by the lake have so many DIY trappers relocating their animals there.

We feel bad for residents in these areas because DIY property owners are inconsiderate and illegally relocate them in these populated areas very frequently. Because of this, in those areas we recommend concentrating on long term repairs to get wildlife out and keep them out vs. repeatedly paying money for relocating animals.

Fox Caught In Live Trap

Common Regional Viewpoints

Oklahoma City and surrounding communities such as Edmond, Norman, Moore and Yukon have very different concerns from those of their neighbors to the East toward Tulsa. The eastern half of Oklahoma tends to be more of a melting pot whereas the Western half including the OKC area has more born and bred lifetime Oklahoma residents in it. Viewpoints differ in ways within each region from what you might assume, for instance, in the Edmond half of the state there appears to be more animal rights activists but less concern for wildlife after it is trapped.

Western Oklahoma Observations

  • More animal rights activists
  • Fewer callers concerned about exactly what will happen to the animals after they are trapped.
  • Less interest in humane methods
  • More tolerance for feral cats

Eastern Oklahoma Observations

  • Fewer animal rights activists
  • More callers interested in knowing if the animal will be killed versus being relocated.
  • More interest in humane methods
  • Less tolerance for feral cats

Sign Up To Be A Volunteer Wildlife Relocation Property

If you are interested in having wildlife relocated to your property, we would love to talk to you. Being able to choose from a variety of relocation sites allows the animals we must relocate with a better chance of survival. You will need to be located at least five miles outside of the Oklahoma City Limits, and not within any other city limits. To begin the process, please visit our Release Site information section.

 
 

Most Common Cause Of Wildlife Getting Into OKC Area Attics

Squirrels, raccoons and opossums enter attics through the smaller rectangular shaped window screen vents in the soffit. These thin screens are rarely found in the eastern half of the state, but are common in the OKC area. These vents are the number one entry point for wildlife we see invading attics in this region. The second most popular entry point for this area is where the two rooflines meet together and form a triangle. These are natural gaps in the roof that we call roof construction gaps.

Vent can be painted to match your house or you can simply employ what we call "The Ugly Option". The photo below to the right shows the result of us simply placing ¼" hardware cloth over the existing vents. Some people do not think it is ugly at all and prefer using this combined with a one way door device so any baby animals can be removed by the mother once we manipulate her to do so. Clients also like the fact that this method can be the least expensive route.

vent damaged by wildlife
Vent Damaged
By Wildlife
wildlife proof vent
"Ugly Option"
Proofed Vent

We have found that the "The Ugly Option" is often less expensive than what other companies would charge for trapping alone.

 
 

Alternative Options To Trapping

The Oklahoma Wildlife Department does prefer that we kill most animals we encounter, but as an alternative to killing, we will continue to offer animal relocation services. But please know, that even if the animal is not killed, live trapping and relocation can be stressful or harmful to them.

Regardless of what the advertising tells you, wildlife can be injured by supposedly harmless humane traps. Relocation studies show that animals can become sick or die due to the stress caused by relocation to an unfamiliar environment. This situation is made worse in the Oklahoma City area due to overcrowding of popular release sites and the long distance many animals have to travel before they can be released.

Improper trapping techniques can inadvertently lead to problems for the homeowner too. This baby raccoon in the photo below was pulled from a wall in Edmond. It had been unknowingly left behind after it the mother had been trapped and removed.

The homeowners had trapped and relocated the mother themselves without stopping to think about the babies that may have been left behind. This baby survived and was eventually rescued, but its siblings were not found until a week later when they began to smell, creating a severe dead animal odor problem for the homeowner.

So, as an alternative to both killing and relocation, we will continue to encourage you to consider humane removal methods as an alternative course of action to trapping - and under any and all circumstances always use our wildlife exclusion repair system.
We believe it is more cost effective to do it right the first time with exclusion repairs than it is to repeatedly pay to have auto-replenishing animals trapped and relocated.
possum caught in a trap

As seen in the example above regarding vent proofing your home, you can also cut down on trapping requirements simply by taking preventative measures before wildlife problems have a chance to get started - through proper home modifications and maintenance.

 
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