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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Animal Services

Wildlife in DuPage County

DuPage County Animal Services provides the following services pertaining to wildlife to residents of UNINCORPORATED DuPage County: 

  • Removal of sick or injured wildlife from residential property.
  • Removal of wildlife from inside the living area of a residence (the living area does not include chimneys, attics, crawl spaces or under stoops or decks).
  • Removal of wildlife that has become trapped or entangled in a manner in which it cannot free itself (examples: trapped in a fence, etc.).

Residents with wild animals in chimneys, attics, crawl spaces or under decks should contact a licensed animal trapper (link below) or removal service. 

Nuisance wildlife is not handled by DuPage County Animal Services. Examples of nuisance wildlife are: 

  • Squirrels nesting in an overhang of a house
  • Skunks building a den next to the foundation of a home
  • Raccoons building a nest in the attic of a home
  • Seeing a wild animal on one’s property
  • Animal in a window well or garbage can.

Nuisance wildlife that has taken up residence on a person’s property can be removed by a licensed wildlife trapper. This service is not provided by DuPage County Animal Services. It is illegal for residents to trap wildlife. A permit may be acquired through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources dependent on the situation.  

If an animal is in a window well, place a thick branch or roughed board at a 45° in the well.  This will allow the animal to crawl out.  Please remember that skunks/raccoons/etc are nocturnal and may not leave the window well until night.  

Living With Wildlife 

Wildlife species are a permanent fixture in Illinois’ rural, suburban, and urban areas. Seeing wildlife does not constitute a problem or a dangerous situation for humans or domestic animals. As the human population continues to grow the territories for these animals decrease. It has become more common to see wildlife in our neighborhoods. 

Basic wildlife management steps can be taken to prevent wildlife damage and reduce the number of human-wildlife conflicts. The best way to manage living with wildlife is by incorporating natural deterrent methods into your outdoor living spaces. All creatures have three basic needs for survival: food, water, and shelter. Individuals can limit these resources on their property to deter multiple different species that may be making a home in their backyard. 

When confronted with wildlife, well-meaning homeowners often resort to what they see as the more humane solution – live trapping the animal(s) and then setting them free. Unfortunately, relocating wildlife is not a viable or permanent solution and rarely ends well for wildlife. While the spread of disease prevents animals from being relocated into a new area, removing an animal from an area only welcomes new animals to move in.

Wildlife management is a community effort to ensure wildlife and humans can peacefully coexist. 

Additional Resources for Living with Wildlife 

For after-hours emergency animal related issues in UNICORPORATED DuPage County, call the DuPage County Sheriff’s Department at 630-407-2400.