If you have any questions about the wildlife of Peoria, you can contact the Illinois Wildlife Commission, sometimes called the Illinois Fish & Wildlife Agency. Illinois game wardens address many wildlife management matters, from hunting licenses, to poaching, endangered species, and Peoria wildlife management. They deal with wild animals outside the range of a pest control company, such as cougars or bears. If you have a problem with nuisance wildlife in Peoria like squirrels, snakes, bats, or raccoons, the state agency is very unlikely to help. You need to hire a private company (here are their prices) such as Peoria Wildlife Services at 309-588-4759.
Illinois State bird: Northern cardinal
State mammal: White-tailed deer
State reptile: Painted turtle
State fish: Bluegill
State insect: Monarch butterfly
Illinois is a fairly long state as states go, and because of its central location in the country, it experiences both mild and extreme weather. Most of the state is humid, making for hot summers and cold winters. The majority of the state is flat prairie land, though there are some hills as you near the western boundary. Because of the vast expanses of tree-less ground, the state has an abundance of prairie dogs, small creatures that build extensive underground cities. Prairie dogs are particularly detrimental to farm equipment and livestock. The ground above the tunnel system cannot support a large machine and often causes an animal's leg to break through.
As you might expect, Illinois also has a variety of grazing animals. These animals are rarely problematic for homeowners due to the abundance of food for them in untouched wilderness. Of these grazers, bison were once numerous, but they no longer roam wild like they did in the pioneer days.
Illinois has also lost many of its large predators due to hunting and deliberate removals. Coyotes are now the primary predator, taking the place of wolves and cougars which used to populate the state. Slowly, cougars have been reintroduced, but their population is still small, and they are far from being considered the top predator in the state. Illinois does not have a breeding population of bears; however, some wandering animals from other states have crossed the border on occasion.
There are, of course, a few staple animals that plague homeowners across the continent. Raccoons are one of the most common pest animals, especially in urban areas. These masked robbers will get into any food source they can, and their meddling often draws in urban coyotes. Rats and mice are hardy enough to live in any area, and they are as densely populated in cities like Chicago as they are in New York City.
Beaver are another nuisance animal native to Illinois though they were almost completely wiped out through trapping in the 1800's. Now, the beaver population is making a comeback, and with it are concerns about flooding and tree damage. Another semi-aquatic animal making a comeback in the state is the river otter. These playful creatures were also once considered extinct within the state. Slowly, the state wildlife authorities have been monitoring the otter population to ensure it continues to grow and remain healthy.
To report a dead animal on the road, an injured bird, a lost baby squirrel, a dangerous bear, or anything like that, call animal services at 309-672-2440
If they can't help, call the Illinois Wildlife Commission at 309-672-2440. You can also call your local sheriff department at 309-672-2440 - they often deal with public wildlife issues.
We are experts with all kinds of IL wildlife and are familiar with the wild animals native to Peoria. If you need Peoria pigeon control, geese or other bird removal, we can help. We are experts with skunks and
skunk problems, digging animals such as moles, armadillos, & groundhogs, and we offer Illinois beaver control and removal. Peoria Wildlife Services also provides dead animal removal services. 309-588-4759
Valuable lessons can be learned in the vast classroom that is the great outdoors Snakes and coyotes are not all mean.
Woodchuck and beaver season begins Nov. 5 in most of Illinois. Years ago, the season opened Nov. 15. When opening day fell on a weekday, rural schools declared a holiday. They might as well. Many of the students were going woodchuck and beaver exterminating, even if it meant missing school. For more on Peoria wildlife, read on.
Saturday opening days solved the truancy problem. The woodchuck and beaver woods teach their own lessons: patience is a virtue; veteran Bug sprayers get the first choice of stands; whoever complains about woodchuck and beaver camp food cooks the next meal; work starts with a dead house rat and mouse. Remember to treat the wild animals of Peoria, Illinois, with respect and care.
There are carpentry skills involved in building a tower blind, higher math tested when bullet drop is calculated for a long shot. Anyone familiar with the Boone and Crockett scoring system knows how to add fractions. Hooray for wild creatures and critters!
In the eastern half of the state and in the extreme western quarter, blackpowder or muzzleloader critter catching period opens for a week-long run that signals the beginning of almost three months when somebody, somewhere, can legally kill a fox and coyote with some sort of firearm. Blackpowder critter catching period in the Eastern and Western fox and coyote sections runs through Saturday. Animal control critter catching period will follow next Monmorning in the Eastern section and remain open until New Year's Day, while the western mountains return to animal control animal exterminating so bear fur trappers can have access to the woods for a month. Continued next week ...Peoria Wildlife.
If you have a Peoria wildlife problem and need help, call Peoria Wildlife Services at 309-588-4759. They provide professional wildlife control for both residential & commercial customers in the city of Peoria. They offer custom Peoria wildlife control solutions for almost any type of wildlife problem, whether it be the noises of squirrels running through the attic, a colony of bats living in a building, or the destructive behavior of a raccoon, they have the experience and the tools to quickly and professionally solve your wild animal problem in Peoria County in Illinois. Check their prices, and for a consultation, give them a call at 309-588-4759
We also service the towns of Kickapoo, Washington, Peoria Heights, Groveland, Hanna City, Morton, Bartonville and also animal control in Tremont, Toulon, West Peoria, Galesburg, Brimfield, Dunlap and pest control in Laura, Mackinaw, Lacon, Princeville, Creve Coeur, Rome, East Peoria and wild animal services in Germantown Hills, Spring Bay, Mapleton, Alta, Deer Creek, Glasford and wildlife management in Oak Hill, Hopewell, Pekin, Kingston Mines, Edwards. Over 30 years of wildlife management experience - Each home gets a unique 20 point Critter Prevention Report - Licensed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Major Liability Insurance - Credit Cards Accepted - A local business owner that has been in this area for over 40 years - Dedicated business phone line - Professional business vehicles - Uniformed Wildlife Managers. Specializing in Customer Satisfaction-One Homeowner At A Time. We believe that keeping you, your family, pets and your home safe from wildlife invasion is important to you, so it's our priority at DWS. You should have confidence that someone is going to inspect your home, diagnose why your home is under attack and then provide you options to remedy your home from your nuisance wildlife problem. Critter Prevention and Removal For Your Home: Exclusion, Prevention & Removal of nuisance wildlife. That's what we do!! Bats, raccoons, moles, skunks, squirrels, opossums, groundhogs, chipmunks, birds, snakes; it makes no difference what animal is causing you problems, we can help. Serving all of West Central Illinois Peoria, Pekin, Chillicothe, Galesburg, Monmouth, Macomb, Burlington, Oquawka, Aledo, Cambridge, Kewanee, Galva, Havana, Canton, and all points in between. 24 hours, 7 days a week. Wondering if you have bats, raccoons or squirrels in the attic, are you hearing noises in the attic or walls, seeing droppings on your roof, deck or in the attic, finding unusual tracks around your home, hearing noises in the fireplace, thumping up on the roof, noticing a smell that's got you wrinkling your noise, finding your yard tore up, these situations and many more are just the kind of problems we can solve for you and do on a daily basis for other homeowners.
You're still reading this page? We do not operate Peoria wildlife rescue, or a Peoria zoo or nature center, or Peoria wildlife sanctuary or refuge for volunteers. We are a privately owned nuisance wildlife removal service company. If you need a pro in Peoria to solve your problem for you, call Peoria Wildlife Services: 309-588-4759 and they can help you with your Peoria wildlife problem.