Love Your Wild Neighbor

Raccoons, groundhogs, and skunks are part of wild, wonderful Pennsylvania.

HAP is working on a campaign to educate residents of Allegheny County and beyond on humane harassment techniques that serve as an alternative to trapping.

Humane Wildlife Conflict Solutions

The City of Pittsburgh has one of the most inhumane and ineffective trapping programs for a city of our size in the country. Outside the city, most wildlife management companies are not any better. Not only does trapping not solve the problem residents are facing with wildlife, but by state law, rabies-vector species (raccoons, groundhogs, skunks) MUST be killed. So, let’s show some love to our wild neighbors; try these humane tactics to resolve wildlife conflicts instead of trapping and killing.

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Meet HAP the Raccoon from our Love Your Wild Neighbor campaign.

Raccoons

Raccoons

Believe it or not, most conflicts with raccoons are the fault of humans.  While it may not be...

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Skunks

Skunks

Seeing skunks in your neighborhood is nothing unusual or dangerous.  Skunks will not intentionally...

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Injured Wildlife

Injured Wildlife

If you find wildlife that appears injured or distressed, please first make sure they are indeed in...

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Bats

Bats

While bats rarely cause problems for humans, they may accidentally come into contact with...

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Beavers

Beavers

Some people think that trapping is the solution for problems associated with beavers, such as...

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Bees and Wasps

Bees and Wasps

Bees and Wasps are some of the most misunderstood creatures we share our environment with. We...

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Black Bears

Black Bears

It might not seem likely to encounter a bear in and around the city, but it’s certainly been known...

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Canada Geese

Canada Geese

Canada geese are harmless birds, but killing has become a common (and short-term only) solution in...

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Chimney Swifts

Chimney Swifts

Most of the time, wildlife conflicts with chimney swifts are not the birds causing issues for us,...

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Chipmunks

Chipmunks

Chipmunks might be one of the cutest wild animals we see in our neighborhoods.  They’re not any...

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Coyotes

Coyotes

When it comes down to it, hazing and securing food sources are more effective at solving coyote...

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Crows

Crows

Crows are very social and intelligent animals. The groups of crows in your backyard are extended...

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Deer

Deer

One of the most beautiful creatures in the Western Pennsylvania area is certainly the deer.  That...

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Foxes

Foxes

Foxes tend to do what they can to avoid people.  However, with humans encroaching on their...

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House Sparrows

House Sparrows

Did you know that house sparrows (the little brown birds we see all the time on city streets) are...

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Mice

Mice

We think mice get a bad rap – after all, they just want a warm and cozy spot to live with good...

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Opossums

Opossums

Opossums are one of the cutest animals (who can resist those little pouches), and they are usually...

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Pigeons

Pigeons

Pigeons are a staple of city living. However, many property owners do not want pigeons inside or...

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Rabbits

Rabbits

Could there be an animal cuter than a rabbit?  That being said, you may not want them eating your...

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Rats

Rats

Rats get a bad rap, but did you know that studies have shown rats to be compassionate and help...

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Snakes

Snakes

Many people are deeply afraid of snakes, causing them to often be villainized. While snakes can...

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Squirrels

Squirrels

Squirrels can create a number of problems for homeowners, but there are humane solutions for any...

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Starlings

Starlings

Starlings are found in cities, suburbs, and farms alike.  They nest in cavities (often...

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Wild Turkeys

Wild Turkeys

The vast majority of the time when wild turkeys wander somewhere unwanted, it’s simply because...

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Thank you to the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh for sharing many of the resources provided on these pages.