The City of Bowie Animal Control Division receives many concerns about wildlife. Because of local urbanization, these animals are no longer people-shy nor do they restrict their travels to the nighttime in their search for food and shelter. We encourage residents to be more tolerant of local wildlife but not to approach them.
Call Bowie Animal Control at 301-809-3002 for wildlife displaying signs of illness, injury, or abnormal behavior, orphaned juveniles, wildlife within living quarters, and deceased wildlife.
Exclusionary & Preventive Measures
The best way to prevent wildlife from entering your home or taking up residence in your yard is to be proactive and follow the suggestions listed below:
- Wild animals are not pets. Do not feed them.
- Use sturdy metal or tough plastic garbage cans with tight lids.
- Screen all exterior accesses to buildings; including vents, chimneys, windows, doors, attic fans, dryer vents, and areas around rain gutters.
- Repair holes around foundations, walls, and soffitts. Keep vegetation away from the building foundation by at least two feet.
- Trim tree limbs away from the roof.
- Keep yard mowed and free of debris and yard waste. Fence off garden areas to keep wildlife out.
In The Home
The City provides assistance in removing wildlife located within the living space of your residence. The City is not able to remove wildlife from non-living areas such as in an attic, wall, or crawl space. You may be able to eliminate your problem using techniques found below or a wildlife cooperator can be hired to remove the animals.
Outside The Home
The City recommends using exclusionary and deterrent measures to address nuisance behaviors such as getting into trash, eating plants, or taking up residence under a shed. The city does not recommend trapping for these issues because it is only a temporary solution. In addition, to trap healthy wildlife a permit must first be obtained from the MD Department of Natural Resources for most species. Anyone engaging in trapping must follow all applicable laws and should be aware that they are responsible for the well-being and disposition of any animal they capture. The City no longer rents traps for nuisance wildlife found outdoors; however, the City does have a limited number of humane deterrent devices available to residents.
Information about nuisance issues with wildlife and how to resolve conflicts can be found using these links:
- Wild Neighbors, Humane Society of the United States
- University of Maryland, Maryland Cooperative Extension Publication
- MD Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife & Heritage Service (877-463-6497)
- Wildlife cooperators should be contacted for other wildlife concerns. Contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources at 877-463-6497 for a list of licensed wildlife cooperators.
- How To Select A Wildlife Cooperator
Orphaned Juvenile Wildlife
It's not uncommon to see young wildlife in our community. Well meaning humans sometimes find young animals alone and attempt to rescue them; however, the absence of an adult in the immediate area does not mean the baby has been abandoned. For example, rabbit mothers only visit their young twice a day, at dusk and dawn, to feed. A rabbit's nest may be little more than a divot in the grass. Should you accidentally uncover one, it is best to recover the babies if there is no evidence of injury. Similarly, a young bird hopping along the ground may appear injured, but in reality it is a fledgling that hasn't quite learned how to fly yet. Information to help you determine if you should take action can be found here.
If you find an injured or orphaned wild animal, you can call Bowie Animal Control at 301-809-3002 or contact a wildlife rehabilitator.