Salem OR Wildlife Information

Oregon Wildlife Commission: 503-947-6000

Oregon Game WardenIf you have any questions about the wildlife of Salem, you can contact the Oregon Wildlife Commission, sometimes called the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Agency. Oregon game wardens address many wildlife management matters, from hunting licenses, to poaching, endangered species, and Salem 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 Salem 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 Ketch-Um Wildlife Control LLC at 541-701-3467.

I also have listed several sources for free Salem wildlife help. One example, if you've found an injured animal or lost baby bird or other baby animal is the Salem Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic: 503-856-8242 Or just read below for more info about the wild animals of Salem.

Types of Wildlife and Animal Problems in Salem, OR

Oregon State bird: Western meadowlark
State mammal: American beaver
State fish: Chinook salmon
State insect: Oregon swallowtail butterfly

Oregon is a diverse state when it comes to landscapes. The state has a sprawling coastline with beaches and cliffs, yet it also has a large portion of desert area to the east. The Cascade Mountains are the highest points in the region, adding ancient volcanoes to the mixture of terrain. Oregon has thick forestation with both mixed forests and coniferous woodlands. In the valleys, the state has ample prairie land, shrublands, and steppes. As a state on the Pacific Ocean, Oregon experiences a mostly mild, wet climate, but sections of the region can experience severe hot or cold spells. The desert area is also significantly drier than other parts of the state.

There are over 136 documented species of mammals in Oregon, including dolphins and whales seen off the coast. The state has some fearsome predators occurring in small number including grizzly bears, gray wolves, wolverines, Canada lynx, and mountain lions. Despite the presence of a few large predators, the national registry states most of the mammals in Oregon are considered smaller species. The state does have a number of larger grazing animals such as moose, elk, bison, pronghorns, and deer.

In a state of small creatures, it's no doubt that Oregon has a number of nuisance species waiting to cause trouble for homeowners. The state has raccoons, weasels, skunks, bats, opossums, beavers, rats, squirrels, nutria, pocket gophers, and a variety of mouse species.

Turtles are surprisingly few as far as species diversity is concerned, and the two native turtles to Oregon are the painted turtle and the Pacific pond turtle. Other reptiles include alligator lizards, skinks, horned lizards, sagebrush lizards, and rattlesnakes.

Other animals living near the state in the coastal waters include seals, sea lions, and whales. Most marine animals are not problematic for homeowners. The critters can sometimes cause damage to areas of private and public beaches, but this is rarely an issue. Most marine wildlife is fearful of human interaction unless the animals have learned that people are equivalent to an easy meal.

Whale watching is a big industry along the coastal plane. The state has whale watching venues for grey whales, sei whales, fin whales, blue whales, humpback whales, and a list of others. Whales, of course, are not considered common nuisance animals unless you're a commercial fisherman.

If you need a professional wildlife trapper in Salem, OR call Ketch-Um Wildlife Control LLC: 541-701-3467

Salem Raccoons:

This masked animal is fairly common in Salem, OR. They frequently raid trash cans and steal pet food. They also often choose to live in the attic or chimney of your home. One of Oregon's beautiful animals, but often a nuisance. We offer Salem raccoon removal.

Salem Squirrels:

Squirrels are often a pest in Salem. They love to live in an attic, and will chew on wood or electrical wires. They are agile creatures, and live throughout the state of Oregon. Call Ketch-Um Wildlife Control LLC if you need squirrel removal in Salem.

Salem Opossum:

You may spot this animal in Salem at night time, perhaps rooting through your garbage. This opportunistic animal will take your pet's food or live under your porch. The possum is a great Oregon survivor, and not all that ugly.

Salem Snakes:

There are many species of snakes in Salem, but few are venomous. If you need help identifying snakes of Oregon, browse this site or give us a call at 541-701-3467. We at Ketch-Um Wildlife Control LLC can provide Salem snake control any time you need us.

Salem Rat Control:

The Norway Rat, Roof Rat, and House Mouse inhabit most areas of North America that people inhabit, including most Oregon cities. They contaminate food and love to live in the walls or attic of a home. Ketch-Um Wildlife Control LLC can get rid of them once and for all.

Salem Bats:

Bats are special animals, and found throughout Oregon. They are good creatures and eat a lot of insects, but if you have an infestation of bats in your home or building, you can give us a call for professional Salem bat removal and control.


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 (503) 585-5900

If they can't help, call the Oregon Wildlife Commission at (503) 585-5900. You can also call your local sheriff department at (503) 585-5900 - they often deal with public wildlife issues.

We are experts with all kinds of OR wildlife and are familiar with the wild animals native to Salem. If you need Salem 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 Oregon beaver control and removal. Ketch-Um Wildlife Control LLC also provides dead animal removal services. 541-701-3467

We are a locally owned and operated business. For over 20 years Bob Gilman and employees have worked in commercial timberland wildlife damage control. In 2001 we launched a new business. "Ketch-Um Wildlife Control" This business was developed to serve Urban, suburban & rural customers with wildlife related difficulties. Our long experience in controlling a wide variety of pest and animal damage assures clients of high quality professional, control work. Ketch-Um Wildlife Control works primarily in the mid and upper Willamette Valley areas from Salem in the north to the Cottage Grove area in the south. We also serve numerous small towns on the east and west sides of the Willamette Valley. Large jobs and contracts will be considered anyplace in Western Oregon. At Ketch-Um we don't do bugs or poisons, we specialize in humane wildlife capture and control. Our company motto is, "Mice to Mammoths, You got Em---We get Em".

Salem Wildlife Tip
Using Moth Balls As A Deterrent - You have many choices when it comes to getting rid of rodents; there are traps, repellents, poisons, exterminators, animal control specialists and even predators. Moth balls as a deterrent are one of the most popular choices, but unfortunately those who use it most of the time will have to get a plan B to get rid of rodents. The reason is that repellents are not the best way to get rid of rodents; in fact it may be one of the least effective methods. The reason is not that rodents are ok with moth balls, but rather that they can avoid them.

The fact that the rodent does not have to be in the same small area with the moth balls makes them ineffective. Think of someone taking off smelly shoes and leaving them in one room; all you have to do is walk to the next room and you will not even know that the sneakers are there. You can not place moth balls all around your home because they actually are toxic to small animals. If you have pets or small children, then you should never use mothballs as there is always a risk they will get to them.
Salem, OR Wildlife News Clip:
Is it safe to feed a baby opossum you found?

Humans adore animals and especially the young ones. It is therefore a normal reaction to feel the need to help a baby opossum once you have found it. However, you need to be cautious as opossums are known to be disease carriers.

How to proceed when you find a baby opossum greatly depends on the circumstances that surround it. Baby opossums do not always stay far from the mother and you need to determine whether the opossum is actually alone or not. Sometimes the opossums can be orphaned and this may be evident by the foul smell of the mother or the body of the mother lying close by. In such a case, the baby opossum does need help.

You also need to look for the signs as to whether the animal is sick or not. You have to look out for signs in the behavior of the young one and the physical appearance, especially the eyes and the skin. If it sickly, you will definitely not want to handle it. Leave that to the wildlife removal specialist.

To be on the safe side, it is not advisable to feed the baby opossum. You should call wildlife services or rehabilitators who will take the animal in and take care of it until such a time that it is ready to survive in the wild all alone. The rehabilitators know what to feed the animal and the kind of environment to put it in. They also know the kind of care that the animal needs, and if it needs any medical attention, it will be administered after it is rescued.

There are some things that you can do before the wildlife rehabilitators get to you. You can wear protective clothing, including gloves, and catch the opossum. If you have a cage, you can put it in and feed it from there. A cage is the best option since the opossum will still be able to breathe without any difficulty.

If you do not have a cage, you can create a hospitable space within a box and pierce holes all around to ventilate it. Some fillings can make for good bedding for the baby opossum. You need to transport the animal to the nearest vet or animal rescue center where all other things will be handled for the animal.

Critter Problem at Your House? Hire Ketch-Um Wildlife Control LLC
Wildlife removal is not a free service.

Salem Wildlife ControlIf you have a Salem wildlife problem and need help, call Ketch-Um Wildlife Control LLC at 541-701-3467. They provide professional wildlife control for both residential & commercial customers in the city of Salem. They offer custom Salem 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 Marion County in Oregon. Check their prices, and for a consultation, give them a call at 541-701-3467

We service all of Marion County and the towns of Woodburn, Keizer, Silverton, Stayton, Marion, Sublimity, Saint Paul, Aurora, Hubbard, Aumsville, Mount Angel, Turner, Jefferson, Gervais, Scotts Mills, Detroit, Donald, Brooks, Hayesville, Mehama, Four Corners, Butteville, Labish Village, and more.

You're still reading this page? We do not operate Salem wildlife rescue, or a Salem zoo or nature center, or Salem wildlife sanctuary or refuge for volunteers. We are a privately owned nuisance wildlife removal service company. If you need a pro in Salem to solve your problem for you, call Ketch-Um Wildlife Control LLC: 541-701-3467 and they can help you with your Salem wildlife problem.

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