If you have any questions about the wildlife of Richmond, you can contact the Virginia Wildlife Commission, sometimes called the Virginia Fish & Wildlife Agency. Virginia game wardens address many wildlife management matters, from hunting licenses, to poaching, endangered species, and Richmond wildlife management. They deal with wild animals outside the range of a pest control company, such as cougars or bears. If you have a problem with nuisance wildlife in Richmond like squirrels, snakes, bats, or raccoons, the state agency is very unlikely to help. You need to hire a private company (here are their prices) such as Nice Wildlife Service at 804-621-7450.
Virginia State bird: Northern cardinal
State mammal: Virginia big-eared bat
State fish: Brook trout, striped bass
State insect: Tiger swallowtail butterfly
Virginia is a small be beautiful state bordering the Chesapeake Bay. The land is filled with bay tributaries, and the coastal plain extends back to rocky foothills which eventually turn into the Blue Ridge Mountains. The carbonate rock of the region is littered with over 4000 caves. And caves, as we all know, are fantastic homes for bats. Bats in Virginia are just above the non-hibernation line. The state does experience cold temperatures in the winter, and bats will have to migrate or go into hibernation. Because most caves remain at a consistent temperature even during the winter, hibernation is often the route of choice.
Predators in Virginia are large and rarely seen due to the thick forests and unpopulated mountain regions. Of these, the cougar is the most deadly toward other animals. Black bears are also present, but their diet consists mostly of berries and insects. If pressed to starvation, a black bear will hunt small mammals, sometimes going after nesting squirrels or the fawns of white-tailed deer. Coyotes are also present in the state, though packs are small and territorial. It is rare for these large predators to bother people, but if the weather is harsh, or a drought kills off too many food creatures, black bears, cougars, and coyotes will all move toward humans in hopes of an easy meal.
Large predators aren't the only opportunistic creatures. The state has a large number of deer, porcupines, hogs, skunks, opossums, squirrels, and woodchucks. There are also mink and long-tailed weasels. Bobcats are the mid-sized predator in this state, but the bobcat is almost more reclusive than the cougar, and is rarely-if ever-seen by people.
The abundance of fresh water in this state leading into Chesapeake Bay is perfect for the growing and proliferation of reptiles and amphibians. The state is loaded with a variety of snakes, including the black snake, rats snake, cottonmouth snake, coral snake, copperhead snake, and the kingsnake. These serpents are surrounded by a host of other reptiles. Turtles are numerous and grow to impressive size in Virginia.
With so much game around, birds, especially raptors are able to thrive. Virginia has golden eagles, a huge species of raptor that has a golden hue in the feathers at the nape of the neck. Golden eagles are mysterious and usually in isolated groups, making the difficult to observe and study.
To report a dead animal on the road, an injured bird, a lost baby squirrel, a dangerous bear, or anything like that, call animal services at (804) 646-5573
If they can't help, call the Virginia Wildlife Commission at (804) 646-5573. You can also call your local sheriff department at (804) 646-5573 - they often deal with public wildlife issues.
We are experts with all kinds of VA wildlife and are familiar with the wild animals native to Richmond. If you need Richmond 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 Virginia beaver control and removal. Nice Wildlife Service also provides dead animal removal services. 804-621-7450
Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC is a one stop shop for all you nuisance wildlife solutions. To provide the highest level of quality and satisfaction, we do all of our own repairs and work in house. Nothing is subcontracted out, so we guarantee our work and treat your home as if it is our own. We are dual licensed for Pest Control and Wildlife Removal. In addition, we are certified by NWCOA and Wildlife Control Technologies, being compliant with all Virgina authorities. Our territories include most of East and Central Virginia, including the following areas Richmond areas: Atlee Beach, Bon Air, Centralia, Chester, Chesterfield, Disputanta, Enon, Ettrick, Fair Oaks, Glendale, Glen Allen, Highland Springs, Kingsland, Lakeside, Laurel, Matoaka, Montrose, Moseley, Mechanicsville, Midlothian, New Bohemia, Prince George, Short Pump, Soloman's Store, Sandston, Varina, and Winterpock. Plus Goochland: Centerville, Crozier, Fife, Hadensville, Manakin-Sabot, Maidens, Oilville, Sandy Hook, Shannon Hill
"These little places are islands surrounded by seas of inhospitable, heavily urbanized areas," says Squirrel and Snake Man as he climbs the overgrown path back to the parking lot at Laguna Honda Hospital. "It's unusable as habitat." Virginia has an abundance of wildlife, and Richmond is no exception.
The fragmentation of the city's nature is paralleled by a fragmentation of the jurisdictions responsible for this land. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Presidio, the Recreation and Park Department and other entities, like Laguna Honda Hospital, control different pieces of open space in the city. But the different resources, mandates and objectives of each make coordination difficult. Although several species of wildlife roam Richmond, only a few, such as raccoons and squirrels, are considered pest wildlife.
On top of that, the countless constituencies in the city -- ranging from nature lovers to Frisbee golf players to squirrel walkers to the homeless -- mean that the maintenance or restoration of natural areas in Richmond takes place on an ad hoc basis -- there's no coordinated effort; nobody's looking at this as an ecosystem. Remember to treat the wild animals of Richmond, Virginia, with respect.
Instead, naturalists like Squirrel and Snake Man and The Opossum Guy have formed an informal network that shares knowledge: where the last brush rabbit was spotted (Fort Funston), how to propagate native wetland plants, where the closest Richmond garter snakes are (not in Richmond -- they're by the airport), and whether the narrow fellows can be brought back to the city. Virginia has many reptiles, and it's important to be able to identify Richmond snake species and mammals.
If you have a Richmond wildlife problem and need help, call Nice Wildlife Service at 804-621-7450. They provide professional wildlife control for both residential & commercial customers in the city of Richmond. They offer custom Richmond wildlife control solutions for almost any type of wildlife problem, whether it be the noises of squirrels running through the attic, a colony of bats living in a building, or the destructive behavior of a raccoon, they have the experience and the tools to quickly and professionally solve your wild animal problem in Henrico County in Virginia. Check their prices, and for a consultation, give them a call at 804-621-7450
We can remove all types of nuisance wildlife with no harm to the animals and repair the animal damage. We can perform repairs that match the decor of the building damaged. From birds in vents to beavers destroying ponds and foliage, we solve the problem and guarantee it. Many animals use your house to keep warm during the cold months or raise their young, but they are well suited to live outside. Removal is what we do. Repair keeps them outside and the guarantee gives you piece of mind! Squirrel and raccoon specialists serving Richmond VA and surrounding areas such as Glen Allen , Short Pump, Sandston, Highland Springs, Tuckahoe, Chamberlayne, Dumbarton, East Highland Park, Innsbrook, Laurel, Wyndham, Montrose, and more.
You're still reading this page? We do not operate Richmond wildlife rescue, or a Richmond zoo or nature center, or Richmond wildlife sanctuary or refuge for volunteers. We are a privately owned nuisance wildlife removal service company. If you need a pro in Richmond to solve your problem for you, call Nice Wildlife Service: 804-621-7450 and they can help you with your Richmond wildlife problem.