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The most humane way to kill an animal in a cage is to pass the problem over to a fully licensed, professional wildlife removal and control expert who will know exactly what to do. There are plenty of things that can go wrong in cases such as these, and many of these things won’t even have been considered by the average homeowner. DIY wild animal removal comes with its fair share of problems, and just one of those problems is what to do with the animal once you have captured it.
There are a number of ways that you can kill nuisance animals. In order to be humane, however, you need to ensure that the action doesn’t cause the animal any pain. The death should be instant, and the animal should not feel pain. This is why poison doesn't work. It's not an instant death, despite what it says on the packet, and it actually creates more problems than provides solutions.
Shooting is the most logical option, but then you’ll need to read up on the gun laws in your state. You will also need to make sure you're not killing an animal that is protected, which means you can't kill bats. Many of these species are protected, either because they are endangered or threatened in terms of population. If you were to kill an endangered wild animal, not only could you find yourself in an awful lot of trouble, but you could have a very serious impact on the actual population of those creatures. If they are threatened or endangered it means that their numbers are low. They are classified in such a way to ensure that no further animals of their species are culled. They are protected. If they were to become extinct, it would have a very definite impact on the ecosystem - your local area and wildlife.
Sticking with the theme of bats, they eat thousands, and perhaps even millions of insects every night. If we didn't have bats, we’d have too many insects. The ecosystem is a very fragile thing, and taking just one element out of it could cause the entire thing to crumble.
This is why it is a good idea to get advice from the professionals when you're dealing with a wild animal. Killing the animal isn't always necessary. In cases such as iguanas, there are times where the animal can be re-homed. You're not allowed to release these creatures into the wild, because they are an invasive species. If you trap one, you either need to destroy it on the property on which it was found, or it needs to be looked over and checked out by a vet, before being given the green light to be homed with someone who will take much better care of it.
The outcome for the wild animal you're dealing with doesn't always need to be death, and that's why we don't advise looking at humane ways to kill an animal in a trap.
For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
How To Guide: Who should I hire? - What questions to ask, to look for, who NOT to hire.
How To Guide: do it yourself! - Advice on saving money by doing wildlife removal yourself.
Guide: How much does wildlife removal cost? - Analysis of wildlife control prices.
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