When Raccoons Fall through Your Ceiling
Have you ever had raccoons fall through your ceiling? Discovered a nest
of sparrows in your hanging flower basket? Or how about woke up one
morning to discover deer have nibbled on your flower garden, reducing
your blossoms to stems? If so, you’re not alone. The paths of humans and
wildlife cross all the time, and it is the aim of this handbook to make
sure those paths cross as peacefully as possible.
Andrea Dawn Lopez, a former manager at Wildlife Rescue and
Rehabilitation, Inc., in San Antonio, Texas, has distilled her knowledge
of dealing with wildlife in When Raccoons Fall through Your Ceiling.
She tackles a wide variety of situations that occur when human and
non-human worlds clash. Have you found a baby bird on your porch? Is a
snake taking up residence in your garage? Or perhaps woodpeckers are
drumming against your house? Lopez offers advice on how to deal humanely
with each situation with tips on relocation, repelling, and when to call
in the experts (for when the bears are rattling your trash cans).
Wildlife rehabilitators and state wildlife officers across the world
spend many hours answering questions on the phone, teaching in
classrooms, and going to people’s homes to try and show them about how
to better co-habit with wild animals. When Raccoons Fall through Your
Ceiling is a practical handbook to codify for the general public how to
deal with wildlife-related problems and concerns. It will be of interest
to wildlife rehabilitation centers, state wildlife agencies,
veterinarians, and those fortunate enough to live in an area enhanced by
wild birds, reptiles, and mammals.
“With the increasing encroachment on wildlife habitat throughout the
country, the information in this book is badly needed. It could
significantly help newcomers moving into wildlife habitat and the
wildlife itself.” —Geoff Tischbein, retired information specialist
from the Colorado Division of Wildlife