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Types of Wildlife and Animal Problems in Olympia, WA

Olympia Wildlife Control Info

If you need a professional wildlife trapper in Olympia, WA call A All Animal Control of Puget Sound: 360-539-8266

Washington State bird: Willow goldfinch
State mammal: Olympic marmot, Orca
State amphibian: Pacific tree frog
State fish: Steelhead trout
State insect: Green darner dragonfly

Washington State is another coastal state, and has a large inlet area consisting of hundreds of islands and deep bays. It has thick forests and is mostly mountainous except for a semi-arid portion in the east used for farming. The Cascade Mountains in Washington run from north to south, and the climate on the east side is significantly different than the climate on the west side. West of the mountains, the summers tend to be warm and the winters mild, and all the seasons see their fair share of precipitation. The western side of the state is much drier. Some regions are considered desert zones. Like most states, Washington offers a variety of habitats for a variety of animals.

At this level on the country map, the animals tend to be larger and a bit more geared toward surviving in extreme conditions. Washington has some large creatures, both predators and prey. Moose and elk are the largest grazers in this region, living on the tough mountain slopes in the summer months and eventually moving into the valleys during the winter. With large grazing animals come large predators, and this state has cougars, black bear, coyotes, wolves, and grizzly bear. The grizzly bear, the largest of all predators in the state, is very rare and only seen on occasion in the Cascades.

The mountainous terrain and winding mountain streams are ideal for animals like beavers, otters, nutria, and muskrats. These semi-aquatic animals live at the lower elevations, damming up narrow streams and creating new ecosystems in emerging pools.

Like most places in North America, Washington has an abundant population of raccoons and squirrels, two of the most common nuisance animals. Along with these pesky critters are skunks, rats, pocket gophers, opossums, and bats.

The islands and inlets of the Salish Sea, the network of waterways carved into Washington, are an ideal location for many of the water-loving animals in the state. There are over 130 species that depend on the sea for daily survival. Blue heron, eagles, red foxes, sea otters, seals, beacked whales, and sea lions are among the animals you can view while visiting this part of the state. While most marine animals aren't troublesome, homeowners living along the shores can often find wild visitors from time to time. Creatures like seals and sea lions won't invade a home, but they will bask on decks or docks near the water. 
  Olympia Raccoons: This masked animal is fairly common in Olympia, WA. 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 Washington's beautiful animals, but often a nuisance. We offer Olympia raccoon removal.
  Olympia Squirrels: Squirrels are often a pest in Olympia. 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 Washington. Call A All Animal Control of Puget Sound if you need squirrel removal in Olympia.
  Olympia Opossum: You may spot this animal in Olympia 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 Washington survivor, and not all that ugly.
  Olympia Snakes: There are many species of snakes in Olympia, but few are venomous. If you need help identifying snakes of Washington, browse this site or give us a call at 360-539-8266. We at A All Animal Control of Puget Sound can provide Olympia snake control any time you need us.
  Olympia Rat Control: The Norway Rat, Roof Rat, and House Mouse inhabit most areas of North America that people inhabit, including most Washington cities. They contaminate food and love to live in the walls or attic of a home. A All Animal Control of Puget Sound can get rid of them once and for all.
  Olympia Bats: Bats are special animals, and found throughout Washington. 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 Olympia bat removal and control.
We are experts with all kinds of WA wildlife. If you need Olympia 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 Washington beaver control and removal. A All Animal Control of Puget Sound also provides dead animal removal services. 360-539-8266

A All Animal of Puget Sound services the area south of Puget Sound, including Thurston County, Lewis County, Pierce County, and Cowlitz County. We serve the towns of Olympia, north to Shelton, south to Castle Rock, and towns such as Lacey, Montesano, and Centralia , Galvin, & Chehalis in between. We answer our 360-539-8266 cell phone 24/7, so call us at any time to discuss your critter problem. 

Olympia Wildlife Tip
Will antifreeze kill an opossum?
When you go online to find methods to get rid of the opossum from your home or yard, one of the things that unfortunately tend to come up quite often is extermination by antifreeze. Hot dogs, tuna, fruit – all of these things have been laced with this very dangerous liquid in a bid to remove the poor creature from land, and in reality, this simple act could have the greatest of repercussions – repercussions that you may not even have thought about. Let me first shock you with the facts:

Antifreeze is made from a very lethal and highly toxic ingredient called Ethylene Glycol. This is something that animals and small children are attracted to because it tastes sweet, and smells even sweeter. It takes just two table spoons of this liquid to kill a child, only one teaspoon to kill a cat, and around two ounces to kill your average dog. Now think about it this way – think of how much of the liquid that can of tuna has just soaked up, or that hot dog – that is about the right amount to kill your children. Do you want to kill your children? No, we didn’t think so.

So, what happens when you drink Ethylene Glycol? I’m sure we have already told you enough information to seriously steer you well clear of EVER using this liquid in any way other than its main intention, but just in case you still want to kill the opossum with antifreeze, just take a look at what happens if you ingest it – you will first get depression, then you will find that you are struggling to breath and your heart is failing. From this point, you will get brain damage and kidney failure. From here – death!

There was a study in the mid nineties that showed that out of every 3500 poisonings by antifreeze; around twenty percent of them were children. Is it seriously worth you taking the risk of killing a child in order to get rid of that opossum? 
Olympia, WA Wildlife News Clip:
Wildlife - Nature in the City of Olympia

As in so many other places around the world, Olympia's unique habitat is on its last legs. "Right now is so crucial," says Squirrel and Snake Man, his piercing eyes scanning the shrubbery for native songbirds. "If we wait until the systems are completely gone and try to start it over -- to recreate a system from scratch -- we would lose so much." Washington has an abundance of wildlife, and Olympia is no exception.

Olympia was once a patchwork of oak woodland, grasslands, dunes and wetlands crowded with birds, elk, bears and other wildlife. Though virtually all of this is gone, a surprising amount of wildness held on until the past couple of decades. Although several species of wildlife roam Olympia, only a few, such as raccoons and squirrels, are considered pest wildlife.

"The lights came on overnight in Olympia with the Gold Rush," says Dylan The Opossum Guy, a consulting naturalist who works with Squirrel and Snake Man. "But then a lot of things stabilized: There were choruses of chorus frogs, red-legged frogs, garter snakes, quail, brush rabbits. But in my lifetime those things are no longer here, and I'm only a man of 33." Remember to treat the wild animals of Olympia, Washington, with respect.

Since The Opossum Guy was a boy in the Sunset, the habitat available for what he calls "medium-sized critters," like quail and rabbits, has been reduced and chopped to pieces. Washington has many reptiles, and it's important to be able to identify Olympia snake species and mammals.

 


We also service the towns of Tenino, Bucoda, Tumwater including animal control in Littlerock, Yelm, East Olympia, and wildlife pest control in Rainier, Rochester, Lacey, McCleary, and more.
 
You're still reading this page? We do not operate Olympia wildlife rescue, but are a privately owned nuisance wildlife removal service company. If you need a pro in Olympia to solve your problem for you, call A All Animal Control of Puget Sound: 360-539-8266 and they can help you with your Olympia wildlife problem.
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