Illinois Department of Natural Resources
October 2020
October 7, 2020

Illinois Wildlife Q&A Video

By Kathy Andrews Wright

Film Date:

August 21, 2020


Stan McTaggart from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Scott Beckerman from Illinois Wildlife Services

Produced by:

Laura Kammin

Kathy Andrews Wright

Edited by:

Sarah Marjanovic

Questions received in advance of the conversation are listed below, with the time noted should you desire to fast-forward to a topic of interest.


0:28 Stan McTaggart

0:54 Scott Beckerman

1:35   How do I handle a groundhog burrowed under my house in the city?

6:23   How can you dissuade foxes from visiting your backyard overnight where they catch small wildlife, dig holes and destroy flower bed?

9:33   How can you safely and humanely remove a raccoon from the attic?

13:26 What’s up with squirrels missing their fur? Is it mange, is it contagious to our pets and is it treatable in wild animals?

16:06 How can we legally dispose of an opossum found dead in our backyard?

18:43 What is the best thing a person can do when a bird is injured by flying into a window?

21:19 Are we seeing more coyotes in town and how do we handle any problems they create?

24:34 Who should people contact if they have a wildlife pest problem?

Additional tips

25:45 Stan McTaggart

26:10 Scott Beckerman

If you are interested in viewing the text alternative for the video click the CC option at the lower margin of the video.

Kathy Andrews Wright is retired from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources where she was editor of Outdoor Illinois magazine. She is currently the editor of Outdoor Illinois Wildlife Journal and Illinois Audubon magazine.