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Types of Wildlife and Animal Problems in Portland, OR

Portland Wildlife Control Info

If you need a professional wildlife trapper in Portland, OR call SQUISH! Pest Control: 503-406-1422

Oregon State bird: Western meadowlark
State mammal: American beaver
State fish: Chinook salmon
State insect: Oregon swallowtail butterfly

Oregon is a diverse state when it comes to landscapes. The state has a sprawling coastline with beaches and cliffs, yet it also has a large portion of desert area to the east. The Cascade Mountains are the highest points in the region, adding ancient volcanoes to the mixture of terrain. Oregon has thick forestation with both mixed forests and coniferous woodlands. In the valleys, the state has ample prairie land, shrublands, and steppes. As a state on the Pacific Ocean, Oregon experiences a mostly mild, wet climate, but sections of the region can experience severe hot or cold spells. The desert area is also significantly drier than other parts of the state.

There are over 136 documented species of mammals in Oregon, including dolphins and whales seen off the coast. The state has some fearsome predators occurring in small number including grizzly bears, gray wolves, wolverines, Canada lynx, and mountain lions. Despite the presence of a few large predators, the national registry states most of the mammals in Oregon are considered smaller species. The state does have a number of larger grazing animals such as moose, elk, bison, pronghorns, and deer.

In a state of small creatures, it's no doubt that Oregon has a number of nuisance species waiting to cause trouble for homeowners. The state has raccoons, weasels, skunks, bats, opossums, beavers, rats, squirrels, nutria, pocket gophers, and a variety of mouse species.

Turtles are surprisingly few as far as species diversity is concerned, and the two native turtles to Oregon are the painted turtle and the Pacific pond turtle. Other reptiles include alligator lizards, skinks, horned lizards, sagebrush lizards, and rattlesnakes.

Other animals living near the state in the coastal waters include seals, sea lions, and whales. Most marine animals are not problematic for homeowners. The critters can sometimes cause damage to areas of private and public beaches, but this is rarely an issue. Most marine wildlife is fearful of human interaction unless the animals have learned that people are equivalent to an easy meal.

Whale watching is a big industry along the coastal plane. The state has whale watching venues for grey whales, sei whales, fin whales, blue whales, humpback whales, and a list of others. Whales, of course, are not considered common nuisance animals unless you're a commercial fisherman.
  Portland Raccoons: This masked animal is fairly common in Portland, OR. They frequently raid trash cans and steal pet food. They also often choose to live in the attic or chimney of your home. One of Oregon's beautiful animals, but often a nuisance. We offer Portland raccoon removal.
  Portland Squirrels: Squirrels are often a pest in Portland. They love to live in an attic, and will chew on wood or electrical wires. They are agile creatures, and live throughout the state of Oregon. Call SQUISH! Pest Control if you need squirrel removal in Portland.
  Portland Opossum: You may spot this animal in Portland at night time, perhaps rooting through your garbage. This opportunistic animal will take your pet's food or live under your porch. The possum is a great Oregon survivor, and not all that ugly.
  Portland Snakes: There are many species of snakes in Portland, but few are venomous. If you need help identifying snakes of Oregon, browse this site or give us a call at 503-406-1422. We at SQUISH! Pest Control can provide Portland snake control any time you need us.
  Portland Rat Control: The Norway Rat, Roof Rat, and House Mouse inhabit most areas of North America that people inhabit, including most Oregon cities. They contaminate food and love to live in the walls or attic of a home. SQUISH! Pest Control can get rid of them once and for all.
  Portland Bats: Bats are special animals, and found throughout Oregon. They are good creatures and eat a lot of insects, but if you have an infestation of bats in your home or building, you can give us a call for professional Portland bat removal and control.
We are experts with all kinds of OR wildlife. If you need Portland pigeon control, geese or other bird removal, we can help. We are experts with skunks and skunk problems, digging animals such as moles, armadillos, & groundhogs, and we offer Oregon beaver control and removal. SQUISH! Pest Control also provides dead animal removal services. 503-406-1422

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A PAID SERVICE. We use humane management methods in the capture, removal, and prevention of animal damage problems. We handle raccoons, squirrels, skunks, moles, bats, rats/mice, and even dead animal removal. We provide services for residential and commercial customers. No job is too big or too small. 

Portland Wildlife Tip
Using Moth Balls As A Deterrent - You have many choices when it comes to getting rid of rodents; there are traps, repellents, poisons, exterminators, animal control specialists and even predators. Moth balls as a deterrent are one of the most popular choices, but unfortunately those who use it most of the time will have to get a plan B to get rid of rodents. The reason is that repellents are not the best way to get rid of rodents; in fact it may be one of the least effective ways to do so. The reason is not that rodents are ok with moth balls, but rather that they can avoid them.

The fact that the rodent does not have to be in the same small area with the moth balls makes them ineffective. Think of someone taking off smelly shoes and leaving them in one room; all you have to do is walk to the next room and you will not even know that the sneakers are there. You could not place moth balls all around the home because they actually do smell and they are toxic to small animals. If you have pets or small children, then you should never use mothballs as there is always a risk they will get to them. 
Portland, OR Wildlife News Clip:
Wildlife - Oregon submits plans to protect species

Small said Oregon officials had to filter through more than 5,000 public comments on specific aspects of Oregon's plan, and meet with more than 500 farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, hunters and scientists. They also had to ratalog nearly 1,000 species that might need protection, and amass the latest science on them. Oregon has an abundance of wildlife, and Portland is no exception.

Nearly all of the programs are in some way "soft," or voluntary, such as memos of understanding between landowners and the state about protecting a particular habitat. No counties are specifically mentioned in the plan, but several of the specific habitat types slated for protection, such as upland scrub, exist in Multnomah and Flagler counties. Although several species of wildlife roam Portland, only a few, such as raccoons and Eastern Gray Squirrels and rats, are considered pest wildlife.

Laurie Opossum of Defenders of Wildlife said her group supported Oregon's plan and helped draft it. Their only concern, she said, was its reliance on nonbonding means. "We believe the Oregon black bear should be listed at the federal level," she said. But until then, "the actions called for in the plan could help." Oregon has many reptiles, and it's important to be able to identify Portland snake species and mammals.

Opossum said she hoped the federal government would not treat the soft measures as a substitute for hard legal protections for the species that need them. Oregon has already received $15.5 million through the program for monitoring butterflies, cleaning up the Chipolatas River watershed in the Panhandle, and monitoring fish in Gulf Coast streams, among other activities.


We service all of Multnomah County and the surrounding towns and neighborhoods, such as Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro in Oregon, Vancouver WA, Aloha, Beavercreek, Cornelius, Cedar Mill, Clackamas, Damascus, Dunthorpe, Fairview, Forest Grove, Garden Home, Gladstone, Happy Valley, King City, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Raleigh Hills, Sherwood, Tigard, Troutdale, Tualatin, West Linn, Wilsonville, Wood Village, West Slope, and more. To learn more, visit portlandanimalpestcontrol.com
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