For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Jeffrey Raddatz
Direct: (414) 431-6121
“Over the Hedge” Reality-check
WI. - DreamWorks’s new animated film
“Over the Hedge” calls attention to
the very real problem of conflicts that often arise
between people and animals as our suburbs continue
to encroach on wildlife habitats.
The film’s animals are comical, cute and mischievously-endearing,
but the Wisconsin Humane Society would like to remind
people that wildlife should be respected, and observed
and enjoyed from a safe distance.
The WHS offers the following advice to protect both
the animals, and human health and safety:
• Don't attempt to raise or keep wild animals
as pets. It is illegal to keep wild animals as pets.
However cute they may be, wild animals can also
carry diseases and parasites transmissible to people.
There is also a good chance that someone will be
bitten or scratched by the animal.
• Live-trapping and relocation of “nuisance”
animals is not a good long-term solution to conflicts
with wildlife. Moving animals often causes babies
to be orphaned and creates a habitat “vacuum”
that another animal of the same species will soon
• Call WHS at 414-431-6196 for advice regarding
wild animals thought to be injured, sick or orphaned.
The sooner injured animals get help, the better.
Let a Wildlife Specialist make the decision on when
to get involved.
Opportunity: To schedule a time for an interview
with Scott Diehl, Wildlife Manager, or to take photos
of a baby raccoon, please contact Jeffrey Raddatz