Animal Relocation Studies
The Reality Behind Trap And Relocate Methods
Companies that mainly use trap and relocate methods to remove wildlife often advertise this service as humane and easy on the animal. However, there have been several studies that indicate otherwise.
The below wildlife relocation research was originally published in scientific journals including the Journal Of Wildlife Management and the Universities Federation For Animal Welfare. These interesting studies were conducted in order learn more about the effects of translocation on nuisance wild animals. When you come across the word "translocation" online, or in print, this refers to the transfer of wildlife to a new environment outside its own home range, usually a considerable distance away. Technically the term "relocation" refers to the transfer of an animal within its home range, however, the majority of the general public thinks of relocation as a move to a far away location, so you will often find the term relocation used to refer to either short or long distance transfers.
Potential Hazards For Wildlife
Animals are often injured during the trapping process, even when supposedly humane "live" traps are used. The transportation part of the relocation process can be detrimental to the animal's health due to stress, exposure to elements, lack of food and water, or from trying to escape.
Once reaching the relocation site, wildlife may be susceptible to others in the same species challenging them for territorial rights. Newly located animals can also spread disease, parasites and other problems to the relocation site endangering animals that were already present in the area.
Many companies ignore proper relocation procedures, resulting in animals being released in non-sanctioned areas where the ecosystem could be disrupted by the animal's (or species) presence, or overpopulation and resulting issues could occur from over use of non-sanctioned, poorly planned or uncontrolled release sites.
Consequently, trapping and relocating wildlife is not our preferred method of choice, The Skunk Whisperer® offers trap and relocate services because there may be situations where it is necessary, or a client may insist on it. In such cases, we prefer to be involved to help ensure the trap and relocate process is properly done, that procedures are handled as humanely as possible, and relocation sites are chosen wisely.
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