Types of Wildlife Emergencies: There are several types of wildlife emergencies – ranging from when animals actually need your help and don't want to be where they are, to when they've taken over your personal space and won't leave. In both these cases, it's crucially important you address the issue to a wildlife professional; either a vet for the first case scenario, or a wildlife removal service for the second.
Determining whether the animal needs help or not
First off, think if you've ever spotted this animal near or on your property before recently. In most cases, wildlife can just wander around searching for new territory, for food or for mates, and won't take up residence in your yard or home. And unless they're trapped, apparently hurt or in pain, distressed, or visibly disoriented or scared, you have nothing to worry about if they don't appear to linger for long. In case a wild animal shows any of these signs, it's best to either call a wildlife removal service, or another organization which can help deal with the situation – do not call pest control! This is not a cockroach problem. Exterminators will try to eliminate the animal from your property, regardless of the methods used, and those methods are more often than not inhumane. Not to mention their use of poisons, traps and snares which can severely hurt the animal before it actually dies for no good reason. A wildlife removal service will deal with the animal humanely, and will most likely capture it and relocate it to a safe area where it won't bother anyone anymore.
When it comes to baby animals, things can get tricky in determining whether or not it's an emergency and you should intervene. Again, calling for a professional to investigate is your best and main option here. However, if you choose not to, there are a few things to take into account. Is the baby animal alone? Watch it before stepping in and taking it into your home or to a vet. See if its parents aren't nearby and aren't tending to it. If a relatively long while passes and no parents show up, you can tend to the young one and bring it to either a vet or wait for a wildlife professional – remover or rehabilitator – to assist you.
When an animal invades your home or surrounding area
Wildlife removal services can handle these situations, even though most people go for the convenient, albeit inhumane, unnecessarily cruel pest control services. You can tell if an animal has made it its home in your personal space if they won't leave, and will not mind you sharing that space with them. In some cases, your presence will bother them enough so that they eventually leave. If not, you'll need professional help. And it qualifies as an emergency if the animals are either harming themselves, you or your family or damaging your property.
A wildlife removal service will dispatch of the animal in a humane manner and will relocate them in an area where they can't bother you. After that, they'll help you assess what the animal was after and how it got in in the first place. In most cases, animals will be attracted by free food, such as from an unsecured trash bin. Other times, they'll just find holes in your exterior or interior walls and take that as a good hiding place, afterwards turning it into a permanent residence. In either case or other circumstances, these are preventable instances, and with the help of a professional who is trained and has experience in finding and spotting these issues, you'll be able to ensure that you won't again deal with a wildlife infestation anytime soon.
Other potential emergencies
You might need a wildlife removal service if a skunk has sprayed in and near your home – the smell can be tricky to get rid of through conventional means. That, and you also have to deal with the animal who probably had a reason why it chose your home to spray. It's either scared or wants to warn you, but you need to make sure you dispatch of it as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your property. Same goes for other kinds of odors which you may notice at a certain point in time, regardless of whether you're aware of wildlife being present in the area. Smells can lead a professional to discover that your home is indeed infested and they'll remove the wildlife immediately, sparing you the extra cost of additional damage the animals can do.
Regardless, if you're not a wildlife professional yourself, you should not take steps in most circumstances in case you notice a wild animal on your property for long periods of time. I always recommend calling a professional – they'll know what to do, and they'll act in the spot if action needs to be taken. Otherwise, they'll guide you towards making sure that you're not disturbed by the animals anymore and give you some invaluable pointers to keeping your property secure. If you do want to go ahead without consulting with a professional, be sure to educate yourself on all the proper methods of getting rid of your wildlife problem humanely and efficiently.