What can I do to deter nuisance wildlife?

It is illegal to trap or kill most wild animals without appropriate permits from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Regardless, removing a nuisance animal is not a solution because the animal will likely return. The best long-term solution is to alter conditions so they no longer attract the animal.

Willowbrook Wildlife Center, the Forest Preserve District’s wildlife education and rehabilitation center in Glen Ellyn, offers assistance for individuals with native nuisance or orphaned wildlife. If you come across a wild animal, leave it alone and call Willowbrook Wildlife Center’s 24-hour automated phone line at (630) 942-6200 for advice.

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