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Dealing With Wildlife
Raccoons

Several species of wildlife are
commonly sighted within the
City of Columbus.
Wildlife in Our Community
As our city grows Animal Control receives and responds to more wildlife calls. If you are experiencing problems with wildlife here are some tips on how to prevent wildlife from taking over your home.

Check Your Home

Make sure all windows have screens without gaps and holes. Close off spaces under porches and decks where animals are most likely to make their den. Fill in holes around foundations, screen vents, chimneys, attic fans, and dryer vents with 1/4 inch wire mesh.

Change Your Routine
It is easier for you to change your behavior than persuading your unwelcome friends to change theirs. Wait until the morning to take the trash out and make sure your garbage cans have tight lids. Also, if you feed your pet outside, take the food inside when your pet is done feeding.

Making Your Yard Less Friendly

Eliminating hiding places such as wood piles and storage sheds with space under the floor can make your yard less attractive to wildlife

Trapping Wildlife
As a final step, Animal Control has traps you can check out for wildlife trapping. A $20 refundable deposit is required at the time the trap is checked out. Trapping programs are conducted when weather conditions permit and wildlife sightings have taken place. Trapping and relocating is only a temporary solution. You need to take preventative steps.

Additional Information
Contact the Animal Control office for information on how to handle wildlife on your property.