Capturing and Transporting

Capturing Techniques

Red FoxAnimals respond to capture with “flight, fight or freeze”. This means that initially they try to escape, if possible, and younger animals will “freeze” in order to avoid detection. Fight response can include bawling, screaming, pecking, scratching, clawing, biting, and flapping of wings.

  • Have an appropriate container ready.
  • Protect yourself by wearing thick gloves, such as leather gloves. Do not put your face near the animal. Use a towel/blanket/sheet to throw over the animal and then gently pick it up and place it in to the appropriate container.

Containers for Transport

Cardboard BoxCardboard boxes work the best for most birds except Ravens (they are able to pierce the box with their beaks). Plastic cat carriers also work but larger birds can damage their wing and tail feathers by getting them caught in the ventilation holes. Covering the holes with box board will help. These carriers work well for most small mammals except squirrels, who can chew their way through the plastic.

Porcupines can be transported in plastic totes or metal/plastic garbage cans with ventilation holes. Wire cages are not recommended for most animals as they can easily damage their feathers against the wire.

Containers should have a tangle free material (sheet, towel, paper towel) on the bottom to prevent the animal from sliding around during transport and the container should be large enough to allow for good ventilation. Small holes can be made in the cardboard box prior to placing the animal inside. Water and food dishes should be removed when transporting.

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

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