A new wildlife rescue organization is educating the public about the benefits of evicting rather than catching and releasing, especially in the peak raccoon mating season.
Mockingbird Café owner Alicein Schwabacher is set to reopen to the public on Tuesday, but in the weeks her store closed, some critters found a place outside the cafe to call home. “There was not much activity here and spring was coming, a little raccoon mom came and had babies in one of our eaves and I was outside putting the hose in and I heard these little clicks and thought ‘what the hell in the world.’
It was then that Schwabacher turned to a new local rescue group for help in disposing of a raccoon nest in a safe and humane manner.
Woodside Wildlife Rescue Group founder Paula Woodside says the eviction process makes the raccoon nest simply an unpleasant environment, allowing them to leave it alone instead of leaving it in unfamiliar territory. “We introduce light, sound and aroma to convince the mother or the raccoons of the house they are in and it is generally their attic or, in this case, a place of business.”
Among many things, flashing amber light is one of the processes used to expel raccoons from their nest. You can even evict the creatures with items that are easily bought from stores or found around the house, such as sonic boxes, fox urine, and taking other precautions outside. “These animals are coming to their yards as a result of the homeowner’s grooming. You put aside cat food, dog food, you have bird feeders, you are inviting these animals to come in, and the animals are looking for a safe environment and easy. “
With raccoons missing from their nest in his cafe, Schwabacher is happy to know how to prevent nests in the future. “I am happy to be educated in this, that this is the best way, the best practice for animals because they were here first.”