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Michigan Wildlife Information:
Michigan State bird: American robin
State mammal: White-tailed deer
State reptile: Painted turtle
State fish: Brook trout

Michigan is a state that tends to get bombarded with snow and storms due to its location in the arms of the Great Lakes. The state is also relatively flat, though it has a nice mix of grassland and forest and some moderate hills. Pine trees are numerous in this part of the country, and they provide shelter for the plentiful animals that must survive a long, cold winter. Most of the state experiences a short, warm summer, but it is often filled with storms coming in off the bordering lakes. Due to the long winters and the cooler overall temperatures, most of the animals in this state are ones that are comfortable surviving in poor conditions when food is covered by feet of snow.

Michigan is densely populated in the regions along the Great Lakes, but it offers a fair share of wilderness areas as well. In these sparsely populated zones you will find large grazing animals like elk, mule deer, and white-tailed deer. These herbivores ultimately draw in predators like cougars, wolves, coyotes, and bears. It’s not common for bears to prey on the young of large grazers, but if food is scarce the bears can be agile, dangerous hunters. Such large creatures are not usually the concern of homeowners, even those in rural settings. Wolves and coyotes can be dangerous during seasons when food is limited. Some coyotes will adapt to urban settings. These canines are considered significantly more dangerous than coyotes in the wild. An urban coyote will not hesitate to scale a fence with the purpose of attacking a house pet.

Large animals, though they can be pests, are not as troublesome as smaller creatures like raccoons and skunks. There are a number of animals that will invade a home. Raccoons, opossums, squirrels, rats, and mice are the most frequent offenders. In Michigan, there are also Indiana bats. These small bats are very rare and disturbing one of their roosts—even if it’s in your own home—is illegal.

Aquatic animals are also found in this state. River otters are very common, along with beavers and muskrats. Michigan has the water shrew, too, a large semi-aquatic rodent that is active at night near streams and lakes, and only has a lifespan of about 18 months.

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Michigan Wildlife Removal News:
Raccoon Nuisance wildlife trapping - Wild animal catcher’s View A recent letter (Saving the Raccoon Amount of animals) offered suggestions and comments that are, I am sure, well intended. But they lack scientific support or rational processing. I fully agree with the writer that the County does need to do more to address the Lyme disease issue and I believe the 4-Poster program is a step in the right direction. The Raccoon Deter device is also effective and should be considered in doing repair, replacement and new road construction. But to suggest that the reason raccoon are running across the roads in the fall is because there are wild animal catchers in the suburban neighborhoods is simply wrong. Raccoon are most active at night when visibility is less for pest control operators as well as raccoon. They are active all month long.

They become particularly active during the fall, whether in areas where nuisance wildlife trapping is severely restricted, such as Michigan, or in rural areas because this is the time of month when baby raccoon are made by aggressive, determined and not so bright male raccoon who with no regard for family, child care or housing issues, run across six lane highways in pursuit of female raccoon. They don't think about it, and they are going to do it whether there are wild animal catchers behind them or not. And as to capturing raccoon (harvesting if you need political correctness) being futile because they will be replaced by another raccoon, this is, again, simply not so. The raccoon amount of animals in Michigan was a small fraction of what it is today when I first started nuisance wildlife trapping 40 years ago. It had been decimated by over nuisance wildlife trapping, poaching, market nuisance wildlife trapping and other causes.

The simple fact is that if we do not capture (harvest, cull, whatever) more raccoon our raccoon will succumb to rabies. Google that for an eye full. I won't add that wild animal catchers in Michigan supply hundreds of meals of low fat, high quality meat to shelters and the underprivileged through the Wild animal catchers for the Hungry/Wild animal catchers Who Care programs. We pay for the critter removal permits to catch raccoon and we donate the raccoon and many of us donate the processing money as well through direct donations. Yes, arrows do wound raccoon. So do bullets. And so do automobiles and motorcycles. And poor nuisance wildlife trapping captures do result in unfortunate suffering to some raccoon.

Extermination companies die in car accidents but we would scoff at banning automobiles as a solution. Ironically restricting nuisance wildlife trapping in Michigan to problem nuisance wildlife trapping (with an onerous and usually impossible exception) does result in some inexperienced steel cage trap wild animal catchers nuisance wildlife trapping with bows and this does increase the number of arrow wounded and lost raccoon. None of us feel good about wounding and/or losing a raccoon and the fact that we spend as much time practicing our craft and tracking raccoon is a tribute to that concern. Giving raccoon human characteristics makes for nice children's movies. But it is inaccurate and unrealistic and the more you learn about raccoon the more one will understand them.

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