Experts say trapping backyard wildlife won't make them go away

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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WFAA

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 4 at 5:54 PM

DALLAS - 'Skunks in a trap.'

It might sound like a good name for a movie. It definitely sounds like a problem you don't want to have.

And you don't have to, said Bonnie Bradshaw, who released two captive young skunks Friday near White Rock Lake, instead of taking them away.

Why did you she do that?

"We can solve the problem without ever setting a trap of any kind," said Bradshaw, who owns 911 WildLife.

You may have noticed more wild animals in your yard or neighborhood. It's that time of the year.

But Bradshaw's animal control company does not trap. They educate.

Like in the case of a Grapevine homeowner who contacted Bradshaw about foxes in her backyard. Foxes pose no threat to people, Bradshaw explained, so the owner decided to just let them be.

"No, we came out and educated the homeowner," Bradshaw said. "They're startled, they're surprised. They don't know that these animals exist in plentiful numbers in the city."

So, what's the answer to eliminating unwanted wildlife?

For starters, cut off the free food. Don't overflow a bird feeder or leave pet food outside. If you've got grubs in your lawn, that will attract armadillos.

Bradshaw's common-sense approach allowed the City of Dallas to discontinue its expensive program of lending traps to homeowners, picking them back up, then putting captive animals to sleep.

Now, instead, it's hired Bradshaw to come tell citizens about alternatives to trapping.

"It's saving tax dollars," Bradshaw said. "It's really providing homeowners with a much better solution to their wildlife problems."

And that doesn't stink.

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