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Removing a wild animal that has become stuck in a dumpster is actually a lot easier than you first thought. The animal is more than likely stuck because of those smooth metal sides. If the creature has nothing to cling on to, with its sharp claws, it won't be able to get itself free, simply sliding back down the metal every time they try. In order to help the critter out, you just need to move something that enables it to scamper free. You don't need to come in direct contact with the animal, nor should you.
Many of the wild animals you'll find stuck in a dumpster have the potential to carry and transmit diseases. Raccoons, opossums, rats, mice, and more can carry leptospirosis, hantavirus, and even the plague. These may sound like scenarios that could never happen, but they can and do happen. It takes just one interaction with an animal like this, and that doesn't even just restrict to direct contact. Feces and urine have the potential to transmit these nasty viruses, and these critters leave plenty of that stuff around.
How do you remove a wild animal stuck in a dumpster?
If you want to lend a hand, grab some gloves. You'll want them to be thick and protective. You will need to reach inside the dumpster (or look around it) and locate something that you could move around. The aim of the game is to give the wild animal, whatever it is, a platform or runway. If it can hop onto it, and then run along it, to get to the top, it can get out. You could achieve this by moving around safe-to-touch contents of the dumpster, WITH gloves, or adding a long, thin piece of wood. Anything textured that the animal can sink its claws into will suffice, so even an old towel or bed sheet could come in handy.
If you have none of these things to hand, leave it to the professionals. You can call your wildlife removal experts and tell them about the animal in distress. Most removal experts will be happy to lend the poor animal a hand, assisting it to break free and carry on with its day.
Whatever you do, whatever you decision you choose to make to help that animal stuck in a dumpster, do not put yourself in danger. Many wild animals will attack when cornered, and the animal is trapped in a big metal box. Technically you have it cornered.
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