From time to time, squirrels may get into your attic, a skunk may enter your basement, raccoons may get into your chimney, or you may find a bat in your house. For professional assistance with removing a wild animal, contact a nuisance wildlife control officer. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has information about Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators on its website. You can also contact the DEC at (845) 256-3098 for information about Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators.
Since some wild animals (like skunks, raccoons, and bats) can carry rabies, you should take proper precautions if you decide to remove one from your home yourself. Avoid contact with the animal's saliva or nervous tissue. Any exposure (bite, or an open wound or mucous membrane exposure) to a wild animal should be reported to the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health. During normal business hours, you can reach the Department at (845) 486-3404. After normal business hours, on weekends and on holidays, call (845) 431-6465.
Keep in mind, if you find a bat in a room with a sleeping person, unattended child, or intoxicated or mentally compromised person, do not let the bat go. Capture the bat and then call the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health for additional guidance. During normal business hours, you can reach the Department at (845) 486-3404. After normal business hours, on weekends, and on holidays, call (845) 431-6465.