Trapped Wildlife

Animals in Buildings

If given enough exits, animals are usually able to leave on their own if possible. Please call our wildlife hotline for more details or advice at 780-914-4118.

Birds in Chimneys

If the bird is near the bottom of the chimney it cannot fly up to get out. Clean out the fireplace then open the damper to allow the bird to come down into the fireplace. Have a sheet or pillowcase over the opening so it cannot fly into the room, or if possible shut the door to the room and then open any windows/doors allowing instant access to the outside.

European Starlings and House Sparrows are the most common birds to come into chimneys, but tree nesting ducks and small owls have been known to do so as well.

If the bird has been in the chimney for a few days, it should be transported to WILDNorth for rehydration and an examination. Please call our wildlife hotline for more details or advise at 780-914-4118.

Squirrels in Chimneys

This doesn’t happen very often, and usually they can get out on their own but if not a rope can be lowered from the top of the chimney and they will climb out. Please call our wildlife hotline for more details or advise at 780-914-4118.

Other concerns

If given enough exits, animals are usually able to leave on their own if possible. Please call our wildlife hotline for more details or advice at 780-914-4118.

If we are closed, please leave a message. Then, research the issue you are noticing. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for in your research, please monitor the animal in question and WILDNorth will call you back as soon as possible.

Example:

I drove by and found a deer caught in a fence, who do I call?
Report A Poacher: 1-800-642-3800
Edmonton District Fish and Wildlife: 780-427-3574

For toll-free access within Alberta to most Alberta Government offices, call 310-0000