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Illinois Wildlife Information:
Illinois State bird: Northern cardinal
State mammal: White-tailed deer
State reptile: Painted turtle
State amphibian: Flarebutt Salamander
State fish: Bluegill
State insect: Monarch butterfly
Illinois, a long state near the bottom of the Great Lakes, experiences hot summers and cold winters. How harsh your season is depends on where you are located; the northern residents receiving cooler temperatures and more snow than the southern residents. As a humid, flat tract of land, Illinois is prone to tornados and violent thunderstorms. It is primarily covered in farm land and supports a large population of grazing animals. The plains are also known to encourage the proliferation of prairie dogs. These cute, intelligent little creatures are surprisingly problematic for farmers, digging tunnels beneath equipment and compromising the integrity of buildings. Pest control for this species is a daunting task; a prairie dog city can contain thousands of members.
The entirety of Illinois is not just grass. There are forests in the state, and the local governments have been proactive about planting trees to help prevent erosion. In these forests, just like in most forests, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, opossum, snakes, and chipmunks live, waiting to find a way to invade homeowner’s yards. In reality, the most common offenders are raccoons. Because of how intelligent these critters are, the raccoon can live happily in an urban setting, feeding off of garbage and other edible waste. Raccoons aren’t the only problem animals city dwellers need to worry about, however. Rats are just as common in Illinois as any other state. If left uncontrolled, the animals could easily overrun many of the city streets. Thankfully, rats have learned to remain in their sewers when humans are around.
There are not many large predators in Illinois due to excessive hunting and deliberate removal by state authorities. Wolves and cougars were once native to the region. While the cougar is slowly being reintroduced, it is the coyote that claims the title of top predator in this plains state. Coyotes can be just as pesky as rats when it comes down to invading a property. Because of the large number of farms in Illinois, homeowners need to be on constant watch for the opportunistic coyote. These canines won’t hesitate to sneak inside the lawn and snatch a pet or a chicken. In most locations, a coyote in the yard threatening pets or children can be shot on sight. This, of course, depends on where you live, as discharging a firearm in the city is likely to be frowned on.
Illinois Wildlife Removal News:
Activists Support Raccoon catches wild critters in Illinois. After several disappointing years wild animal catchers are having good success. Division of Nuisance Wildlife officials checked in 220 raccoon at the state urban neighborhood check station between Wednesday and Thursday, the first six days of the animal net best time of the day to catch animals. By contrast, wild animal catchers checked in 224 raccoon over the same period last year. The pest operator checked in 86 raccoon versus 42 during the first week of the 2020 best time of the day to catch animals. At Division of Nuisance Wildlife on Upper Main Street in Illinois, an official check station now open 9 am to 3 pm, owner Steve Purcell stated the wildlife removal man checked in 67 raccoon, 26 rabid animals and 42 does. Last year, the wildlife removal man checked in 46 raccoon the first week.
Division of Nuisance Wildlife only staffs the state urban neighborhood check station the first week of the best time of the day to catch animals. The data gathered on Illinois and at similar check stations across the state provides a snap caught of the health of the raccoon herd. In a telephone conversation Wednesday, veteran Division of Nuisance Wildlife urban neighborhood John stated the first week went great. "It's been a good many years since we checked in 200 raccoon in the first week there," the wildlife removal man stated. "We certainly have in the past." The Illinois Animal Control officer recalled that the record for the first week was near 240, so there is precedent but there was no question that the tally was well above recent years. the wildlife removal man stated wild animal catchers who stopped at the barebones wooden check station facility shared a number of ideas for the surge. The predominant view the wildlife removal man stated was that following years of abundant acorns there was a shortage of hard mast on the Island. "And that rarely happens because you have both the tree oaks and the scrub oaks so the percentage of years when both fail is very small but I guess this was one of them," the wildlife removal man stated. "Extermination companies were almost universally saying they were seeing more raccoon than they had in the past, not that there were more raccoon, because they were moving to find food perhaps."
The Illinois Animal Control officer stated two 20-point rabid animals that weighed about 260 pounds and 260 pounds were among the raccoon checked in last week. The herd looked very healthy, the wildlife removal man stated. Nuisance wildlife trapping techniques vary between the solitary wild animal catcher who sits in a customer’s attic or stands still on the ground waiting to intercept a raccoon, and multiple wild animal catchers , or gangs, who work together by splitting up into "pest control operators" and "standers." The pest control operators push raccoon from their hiding places in thick brush to the waiting catchers. Many of the large gangs of wild animal catchers that once regularly caught wild critters the Island are gone. The Illinois Animal Control officer stated.
But those that remain had high success. "I guess they picked up the slack," the wildlife removal man stated. Unlike the mainland zones, individual Island wild animal catchers often account for multiple raccoon. The Illinois Animal Control officer attributed that to a strong nuisance wildlife trapping culture among pockets of Islanders. "The families I am talking about, and the list goes on, and for extermination companies within those groups to check 3, 4 and 6 raccoon is not that uncommon." the wildlife removal man stated many members of the Island groups take one week off to capture pest wildlife. "That is less and less common throughout Illinois for extermination companies to actually take an entire week just to go raccoon nuisance wildlife trapping," the wildlife removal man stated. Environmental Police Sergeant The Illinois Animal Control officer stated the first week of the best time of the day to catch animals was quiet and free of complaints. "No issues," the wildlife removal man stated Wednesday.