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What To Do When You Encounter A Wild Animal?

Many animals are sneaky – always finding ways to infiltrate your house and property. You might not always be prepared to see an animal in your path, but Shumaker’s Animal Control wants to ensure that you know the correct way to react. Read on to learn more about the correct response when you encounter a wild animal, like a fox, raccoon, snake, or groundhog.

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Generally, foxes do not present an immediate danger to humans. If you do encounter a fox, they will most likely run away in the opposite direction of their den. If you come across a fox on your property, do not attempt to approach or chase the animal. A fox attack is rare,  but no one can guess how they might respond if they feel threatened. Instead, make noise in order to make your presence known. You can do this by yelling, clapping, or stomping your feet.


A raccoon will likely not attack a human unless they feel threatened. that is why it is never a good idea to confront a raccoon, especially if they appear to be sick, injured, or with their babies. if you encounter a raccoon on your property, the best course of action is to back away slowly and deliberately. Most raccoons are accustomed to human presence, which means they will likely let you leave in peace.

In the event that the raccoon begins to advance towards you, start backing away more quickly and run towards safety.


When you encounter a snake, a person will normally respond in one of two ways: freeze in terror or run away. While the responses are necessarily wrong, there is another reaction that is better. The most important thing to remember is to stay calm. Animals are always aware of their surroundings and can sense intruders very quickly. This means that the snake saw you way before you saw it; and if it is still laying there, it most likely wants nothing to do with you.

The next step is to carefully move away from the snake while keeping a watchful eye on it. Under no circumstances should you provoke the snake. Some people find snakes interesting and might want to poke the snake with a stick or attempt to pick it up. This behavior can be extremely dangerous and result in severe injury depending on the type of snake.

Have A Wild Animal Problem? Call the Experts at Shumaker Animal Control

If you think you have a wild animal problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that your home and pets are not in any danger.

At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.

Call us at 443-854-8072, visit our website or fill out our contact form for more information.

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