Animal Escape and Recapture Instructions
- Make sure the animal's cage is escape-proof. Periodically inspect all
aspects of the caging. Parts tend to wear out and become loose which may
give an animal an escape opportunity.
- Only handle the animal if you are properly trained and never
leave an animal alone or unattended once it has been removed from its cage.
When cleaning the animal's cage, make sure secure temporary housing is
- Where possible, cover all vents with a fine wire screening and install
door sweeps to cover that small gap between the door and the floor, weather
stripping will do the job. Both these items can be found at a local hardware
store. At home, a rolled, stuffed draft guard would be sufficient.
Should your animal get loose, here are some suggestions for recapturing it:
- If you want to use a live trap, have-a-heart traps are designed not to
harm an animal upon capture and can be set up in any part of the classroom.
They are also available at hardware stores and from pest control offices.
- Most animals will come out of hiding when an area is quiet or when they
are hungry or thirsty. You may be able to lure your animal out with food or
water by either of the following ways:
- In the evening, try putting food in the cage, leaving the door open,
and placing the cage as close as possible to where you think the animal is
hiding. During the night, it may return to it's cage.
- Make a ramp with a piece of wood up to a bucket in which you have
placed some food. Then make a little trail of food on the floor up to the
piece of wood. Finally put enough food in the bucket so your animal will
go inside for it. Make sure the bucket is tall enough so the animal cannot
climb out again.
If you are unsure where the animal is, the following methods may help you
narrow down your search:
- In the evening, spread some sunflower seeds in each room, count the
number you leave, then shut the doors. The next morning you may be able to
tell which room the animal is in by the number of remaining sunflower seeds.
- Place a pile of food in the center of the floor. Then make a dusty
circle with flour around the pile. After the animal comes to eat, you can
follow the paw prints to it's hiding place.
Once you have located your animal, do not attempt to pick it up with your
bare hands; use protective gloves. If the animal appears nervous or there is
any question about it's behavior, use a scoop to pick the animal up. A scoop
can be made out of an empty plastic milk jug.