Dealing with nuisances on your property can be aggravating, particularly if this is accompanied by any property damage or risk to yourself, your family, or your pets. Some animals may be deemed as nuisances in the eyes of the law, meaning it is perfectly valid for you to exterminate them or, if permitted, to capture and relocate them to more suitable land. In the event that you have injured an animal, or killed a species that is not permitted in your state, you may wish to speak to a local criminal defense attorney for more information. Otherwise, to avoid this occurring, you may opt to hire a professional to trap, kill, or remove the nuisance animal without your involvement.
If you find rabbits on your property, you might have several options. The first is to exterminate the animal. Most people find they cannot bring themselves to do this, so instead choose to capture the animal in a trap and release it, with permission, on farmland or the like. It is vital that you do not try to domesticate a wild rabbit. Firstly, this is illegal in many places. Secondly, the stress and trauma from being removed from the wild could cause a heart attack, even in the youngest of rabbits. It is always best to minimise your contact with them and leave them in a more natural habitat.
Homeowners who keep outdoor animals or even poultry may have a justified cause for concern if they notice a fox has made their land its home. These animals are easily drawn in by the offer of easy prey but can be gotten rid of fairly simply and humanely. A live trap baited with meat can lure in the fox. The killing of foxes with poison is not permitted in any of the states.
Particularly during the mating season, you may want to check the perimeter of your property in case the fox has started its family on your land, so they can all be relocated together.
Foxes also often carry rabies, so it is important that you handle them as little as possible during their capture and subsequent relocation.
In the United States, a lot of bat species are protected, and cannot be killed. There may also be laws regarding not moving them during the mating season or when they are raising their young. Many people opt to hire a bat removal specialist instead of attempting it themselves, both to protect the creatures and to ensure they remain compliant with the law.
Like foxes, bats can also carry and transmit rabies, so it is best to steer clear of any infested areas, such as sheds, garages, or even attics until they have been safely removed and relocated.
Having a nuisance animal in your home or on your land does not mean they need to be euthanised. A lot of the time, it is possible to have them safely removed, without any harm necessary, to somewhere where they will not be causing problems, and you can resume your life knowing you spared theirs.