Trapping Nuisance Wildlife In The OKC Area
Special Considerations For The Oklahoma City Region
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.
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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.
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
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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.
We have found that the "The Ugly Option" is often less expensive than what other companies would charge for trapping alone.
9521 B Riverside Parkway, #343
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137-7422