Wildlife Damage Control/Wild baby bunnies


QUESTION: I first encountered a wild baby bunny on Thursday of last week and after I caught him, I put him in my apartment, (safe from my two cats of course) until I could release him in a sparse woodsy area after I got off work which I did. Then today, I came across two more wild baby bunnies. I released them into the same woodsy area and I have a feeling I will be encountering more. What should I do?

ANSWER: If you care you leave them there. Keeping cats indoors also helps.

Rabbits mature quickly the don't need help except in regards to free range cats. cats

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QUESTION: There are cats around but only occasionally. I am working on the grounds of my apartment complex and usually when I cleaning out the flowerbeds is when I see them take off and they usually go running around in the parking lot where sometimes cars dont stop in time. Is that safe for them? Because that is when I try to rescue them and release them into a safer spot. I just worry that they will be splatted by the cars

Nature is not safe for anyone or anything. Cars are major killers of wildlife as are free-ranging cats. Translocation of wildlife is a bad idea. Visit http://icwdm.org/ControlMethods/Relocation.aspx to learn why.

Also you are exposing yourself to whatever the rabbits may be carrying, such as fleas and ticks. If you care, leave them there and Keep dogs and cats leashed.  

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Stephen M. Vantassel


I can assist the public in responding to all kinds of wildlife related problems in the United States and Canada, including birds, mice, rats, skunks, raccoons, beavers, opossums, voles, moles, chipmunks, woodchucks, pocket gophers, and more. Please note that I specialize in vertebrates only, (animals with a backbone). While learning about insects, other experts should be consulted with insect questions. My passion is wildlife damage identification, for if you don't know what animal is causing the problem, you can't begin to resolve it responsibly. My latest book is the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook 3rd edition (2012). It is available at my site http://wildlifecontrolconsultant.com or by visiting my various vendors. (A simple internet search on the book's title will bring you to them).


I was a full time animal damage controller for over 5 years and a part-time animal damage controller for over 10. I have been a volunteer for AllExperts.com for over 5 years under the Pest Control Category, when they graciously created a new category that better suited my experience (I don't answer bug questions). I was a licensed animal controller in both Massachusetts, Connecticut and Nebraska. I presently run the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, http://icwdm.org and http://wildlifecontrolconsultant.com.

National Wildlife Control Operators Association, Community Integrated Pest Management group at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

I have published multiple books, including The Wildlife Removal Handbook rev. ed. and the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook 3rd ed. Additionally, I have written dozens of articles which have appeared in Wildlife Control Technology Magazine, Fur-Fish & Game, The Trapper, The Fur Taker, The Probe, and others. I have co-authored wildlife related publications for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension program and was responsible for revising the handbook designed for the Pest Controllers looking to obtain their category 14 license.

I was a trapper education instructor for the state of Massachusetts, and have attended a variety of conferences and trainings, including but not limited to Vertebrate Pest Conference, Wildlife Damage Management Conference, National Wildlife Control Association national conference, Wildlife Control Technology Conference. I have not only attended these meetings but have also been privileged to have been a speaker. I have received the National Wildlife Control Operators Association Educator of the Year Award in 2008 and 2012.

Awards and Honors
Certified Wildlife Control Operator (2001), Academy Certified Professional (2008), Master NWCOA Instructor (2012)

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I have helped thousands of people around the U. S. through my work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Wildlife Control Consultant. Specific tasks include: Ghost writing, Research, Expert Witness, Writing Training Manuals, Public speaking at Conferences, Workshops, and Trainings

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