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Shelters and rescues often get calls from the public about abandoned or injured wildlife, or about conflicts with wild animals. We have resources to help you handle them in the most humane and effective way. More than ever, animal care and control professionals are tasked with responding to the public’s wildlife conflicts and concerns. The HSUS has more than 30 years of experience in resolving urban wildlife conflicts and has developed an extensive library of resources for animal care and control professionals that we would like to share with you. Check them out below and learn how to make your community a better place for your Wild Neighbors!  

  • Humane Wildlife Conflict Resolution guide

    Whether you’re an animal control officer, police dispatcher, shelter staffer, wildlife rehabilitator or veterinary or nature center staffer, this manual will give you the answers you need. Our aim is to provide easy, practical solutions—over the phone—for the wildlife dilemmas you encounter daily.

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  • Net worth

    I started using netson my first day as an animal control officer, more than 25 years ago. Faced with the task of catching a feral cat who had escaped into the backyard of a hoarder’s residence, I used a net with a small mesh size to safely and humanely contain and then transport the cat to the shelter. The mesh size of the net was important to the task—the holes were not large enough to fit a pencil through, and I noticed that the feral cat appeared calmer once inside the net, seeming to relax a bit once his body was enclosed by the small, dark mesh.

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Most recent Tools and Resources > Wildlife

  • Magazine Article

    Answering the calls of the wild

    Chief animal control officer Jennifer Toussaint checks the condition of a baby fox.

    Fox in the yard? Bat in the bedroom? Injured bird in the road? No call is too small for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington

    In suburban Northern Virginia, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s service calls are an even split between domestic and wild animals. Pledged to resolve all human-animal conflicts safely and humanely, AWLA staff find daily ways to promote peaceful coexistence among all the region’s creatures.

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  • Magazine Article

    First, do no harm

    Download this Shareworthy to raise awareness of the correct ways to help baby wildlife

    Download this Shareworthy to raise awareness of the correct ways to help baby wildlife.

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  • Training/Event

    Advanced Wildlife Handling Protocols, Tips and Techniques to Improve your Wildlife Handling Programs

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Recorded Webinar

    From redefining success to helpful stress reduction ideas for coexisting with our wild neighbors, this free webinar for wildlife professionals will be hosted by 40-year wildlife rehabilitator and volume capture technician, Dave Pauli, HSUS Senior Adviser for Wildlife Response & Policy.

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