Animal in buildings or chimneys

SwallowsAnimals in buildings:

If given enough exits, animals are usually able to leave on their own if possible. Please call our wildlife hotline for more details or advise at (780) 914-4118

Birds in chimneys:

If the bird is near the bottom of the chimney it cannot fly up to get out. Clean out the fireplace then open the damper to allow the bird to come down into the fireplace. Have a sheet or pillowcase over the opening so it cannot fly into the room, or if possible shut the door to the room and then open any windows/doors allowing instant access to the outside.

European Starlings and House Sparrows are the most common birds to come into chimneys, but tree nesting ducks and small owls have been known to do so as well.

If the bird has been in the chimney for a few days, it should be transported to WRSE for rehydration and an examination. Please call our wildlife hotline for more details or advise at (780) 914-4118.

Squirrels in chimneys:

This doesn’t happen very often, and usually they can get out on their own but if not a rope can be lowered from the top of the chimney and they will climb out. Please call our wildlife hotline for more details or advise at (780) 914-4118.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call our wildlife hotline at (780) 914-4118.

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