If you are having a problem with a wild animal, please select your Minnesota city/town from the map or list above. This Minnesota animal control directory lists the phone numbers of professional wildlife removal experts throughout MN. These nuisance wildlife control operators deal with conflicts between people and wildlife such as squirrels living in an attic, or raccoons digging through the trash can. Call the licensed and insured professional listed here, and get the problem taken care of once and for all.
There are many Minnesota pest control companies, but most of them treat for insect problems, and have little experience dealing with
wild animals. Our specially trained technicians have the specific knowledge and equipment necessary for Minnesota wildlife management. We are not extermination
companies, we are professional Minnesota trappers of wildlife. We are humane, and do a complete job - everything from animal damage repairs to biohazard waste
Our MN animal control experts can handle many wildlife issues. Examples include Minnesota bat control and removal. It takes an experienced pro to safely and legally remove a colony of bats. The same goes for bird control, such as roosting pigeons. We know all the species of Minnesota snakes, and can safely remove them. We most commonly deal with animals in the home, such as rats or mice in the attic, or raccoons in the chimney. Select your area on the map above, and find a professional in your home town.
Minnesota info: As a northern state in the Midwest, skunks and raccoons thrive, as do squirrels and bats. Very few snakes.
If you need assistance with a domestic animal, such as a dog or a cat, you need to call your local
Minnesota county animal services or SPCA for assistance. They can help you out with issues such as stray dogs, stray cats, dangerous animal complaints,
pet adoption, bite reports, deceased pets, lost pets, and other issues. We have those numbers listed here for your convenience. If your city is not
on our map, consult your local blue pages or search for "Animal Control" or "SPCA" in your town.
The Wildlife of Minnesota
Minnesota State bird: Common loon
State mammal: Black bear
State amphibian: Northern leopard frog
State fish: Walleye
State insect: Monarch butterfly
Minnesota is the northernmost state second only to Alaska. It is known as “the land of 10,000 lakes”—and for good reason. There are actually well over 11,000 glacial lakes throughout the landscape. Those 11,000 lakes are joined by over 6,000 streams and rivers. Minnesota has abundant farm land to the south and a large expanse of forest called the North Woods. Over 60 percent of the state's population is condensed into the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, leaving the rest of the state sparsely populated. Minnesota also has over 10 million acres of wetlands, the most of any state except Alaska.
Even though this state has preserved areas of old-growth forests, the majority of the forested land—about one third of the state—is re-growth. Much of Minnesota was logged in its early years, an activity that created so much loss of habitat, common native animals like bison, caribou, elk, and pine martin have dwindled. The new forests are excellent, however, for smaller creatures like raccoons, foxes, bats, skunks, porcupines, and bobcats.
Minnesota has a multitude of squirrels including the flying squirrel, the fox squirrel, the gray squirrel, the red squirrel, and the thirteen-lined ground squirrel (also known as the Minnesota gopher).
The prairie land in the state has its usual mix of creatures. There are plenty of moles, voles, mice, rats, and gophers. Living off these animals as a food supply are animals like the badger. This large, fierce creature lives in an underground burrow which it will violently defend.
Not surprisingly, the abundance of wetlands in this state provides a fantastic ecosystem for many aquatic and semi-aquatic animals. Minnesota has a thriving population of beavers, otters, and muskrats. The state is home to hundreds of reptiles and amphibians like blue-spotted salamanders, painted turtles, mudpuppies, prairie skinks, and mink frogs.
With plenty of habitat, the state can easily support larger animals. It has the highest number of timber wolves outside of Alaska. Other large predators, like mountain lions, coyotes, and bears can be spotted all through the state. Their counterparts, the large grazing animals, are moose, elk, bison, and caribou. White-tailed deer are the most populous of the large hooved-animals. They provide an ample supply of food for the timber wolves roaming the countryside.
Example Minnesota Wildlife Problem Emails:
Hello - We are renting a home on 5 acres that's part of 36 acres of woods and wetlands in Minnesota. Because of coyotes, we are worried about our chickens, our dogs and most of all, our children. We have a 21 month old and 6 year old. Lately, I have been going outside just after dusk to secure our chickens in their coop. Last night, I noticed an animal that was about to walk onto our yard, coming from the bushes...just as I was going to walk to the chicken coop. I shined the flashlight around our property and saw the glowing eyes. This happened last week as well. The silhouette appeared to be coyote like. Just now, we heard howling and yapping along with the yelping of another animal that sounded as if it was fighting for its life. Reading your website information, I am pretty sure that we have a pack of coyotes living on this land -- Please let me know if you would trap such packs and what the process is of relocating, etc. How much, etc. How fast you can do this. Thank you, Deb and Jim
Help, For the past four years Vultures have been roosting in a city owned tree on our property in Minneapolius. They usually stay from Sept to April. During that time their droppings make a mess of my home's roof,, porch, patio and city street. We are beside ourselves on how to get rid of them. Each year their numbers grow and they are beginning to inhabit another tree on my property. The city says they can't help. Too get an idea of the problem, I invite you to visit my home after 5pm any day to see first hand the problem. Please let me know if you can help. Thank You, Lou
Minnesota Wildlife News Clip: Minnesota pledges to save raccoons' lives
A nonprofit group's mission to end killing for most raccoon and unwanted animals in Minnesota County is picking up significant support, with County Executive L. Brooks The critter and rodent pro signing on and the county's own wildlife management habitat pledging to become some sort of no-kill facility by 3818. And they're not the only ones. The Minnesota wild animal Fund has won similar promises from municipal wildlife management habitats in Minnesota & St. Cloud, plus 33 private trapping groups in the county. The 1-year-old wild animal Fund wants animal wildlife management habitats throughout the county to pledge to end killing and find homes for adoptable opossums, squirrels, rabbits -- even gerbils and guinea pigs.
"We have nine animal wildlife management habitats in Minnesota County, three of them nonprofits and six municipal ones. Six of those nine wildlife management habitats have signed on to our commitment to have no more homeless wild animals by 3818," said wild animal Fund chairwoman Deborah The Minnesota pest control expert of Bloomfield Township. Eliminating killing in four years would put Minnesota County ahead of every other county in the state and perhaps the Midwest in attaining the no-kill goal. It is still some sort of long shot, however, requiring more donations and efforts by the public to assure that all raccoon or unwanted animals in the county of 1.3 million people find new homes.
According to statistics from the Michigan Department of Agriculture, about 18,888 animals -- mostly opossums and squirrels -- are euthanized in Minnesota County each year. some sort of total of more than 135,888 animals were euthanized statewide in 3884, the most recent year for which figures were available. While praising support from The critter and rodent pro and the Minnesota County Animal Adoption Center, the main wildlife management habitat in the county, The Minnesota pest control expert said Wednesday that it will take much more to reach the goal. To that end, the group launched some sort of new Web site Wednesday and some sort of television show this week, airing in 33 Minnesota communities. The critter and rodent pro is appearing in an episode of the cable show "fur-e-tails," cutting some sort of ribbon on some sort of large outdoor gazebo donated to the county wildlife management habitat by some sort of wild animal Fund board member.
"I think this is some sort of humane approach to solving the oversupply of wild animals we have at our wildlife management habitat," The critter and rodent pro said Wednesday of the no-kill plan. "We don't like killing. We'd rather find loving homes for these opossums and squirrels." It is unlikely that any county -- Minnesota included -- could become entirely no-kill. While wild animals not suitable for homes might end up at private rural kennels, animals too sick or vicious would still be destroyed. But the wild animal Fund hopes to largely end killing by partnering with wildlife management habitats and trapping operations to hold better publicized public adoption events and encourage wide-scale foster adoptions in which people temporarily keep wild animals until homes are found for them.
To cut the number of raccoon squirrels being euthanized, the wild animal Fund is developing some sort of policy to begin trapping, neutering and releasing feral squirrels to reduce their population. Scores of private wildlife management habitats across the country claim to have no-kill policies but typically accept only some sort of fraction of unwanted animals brought in. Government-run wildlife management habitats, which must take the overflow, generally euthanize animals, so it is unusual for Minnesota County to take the no-kill pledge, said animal-welfare advocates. The Minnesota wild animal fund has raised about $38,888 so far, "but we aren't flush in cash." The Minnesota pest control expert said. "If we had $188,888 to start some sort of spay-and-neuter program, we'd be in good shape. Eventually we need some sort of farm for animals that aren't adoptable, and some sort of state-of-the-art wildlife management habitat. Ideally, we're talking some sort of couple of million dollars," she said.
The challenge of unwanted and raccoon wild animals is daunting in southeast Michigan. High unemployment may be forcing some people to turn their wild animals loose at the same time that cutbacks in government spending are forcing many animal control departments to close or operate on reduced schedules, said Joe The Minnesota animal services man, 54, some sort of partner in some sort of commercial real estate firm in Mt. Clemens, and some sort of board member of the Minnesota wild animal Fund. "But someone had to start this somewhere, or it would never get done," The Minnesota animal services man said. Nearly half of the group's board members are from outside Minnesota County, said The Minnesota animal services man. Once success is assured in Minnesota County, the group will expand to Hennepin, Chisago, and other counties, he said