Humane Education

In the interest of the humane treatment of wildlife - the Lincoln County Humane Society recommends co-existing with wildlife where ever possible. In some cases exclusion maybe a reasonable alternative.

Making a One-Way Door

**NOTE- it is important NOT to use a one-way door (or any kind of trap) where young wildlife are present. Trapping young will cause the young distress. This will create more of a problem if orphaned young die. **The Humane Society may lay charges if any animal is caused distress.**

Entry Point

1. Identify Entry Point

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2. Close off other entrances

For animals that are living under your porch or house or in your attic, etc, such as: Skunks, Groundhogs & Raccoons, the use of a one-way door will often humanely correct the situation.
Once you have identified the entry point, as identified in the first photo, it is imperative that all other entry points are closed off. This can be done by putting dirt and-or gravel or rocks/patio stones over the alternative entrances/exits.

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3. Make a one-way door

To make a one way door (as pictured) Your will need a piece of wood approximately 24 inches(wide) X 11 inches(high). (White and red piece)

Cut the door (pictured in red) approximately 7inches X 7inches. On the bottom outside of the door you should have a piece of wood slightly larger than the door. (to keep it from going back through the opening & to provide weight to keep the door closed)

The hinge (pictured in yellow) must be bolted (or screwed) to the top on the outside.

Angie Inserts on both sides

4. Angle inserts on both sides

The door should be angled with the bottom further out than the top. (See natural wood angled strips in photo.)

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5. Dig out hole to fit door

Some digging may be required to place the one-way door securely in the opening.

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6. Secure door into position

The one-way door must be secured to the house or steps, etc, with screws or rocks, dirt etc. It can remain in place for a week or so and the animals should be excluded by that time.

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7. Make sure it opens

Make sure that the door opens and closes freely.

Once you are sure that all of the animals have left you can close the hole by filling it with dirt and rocks, etc. It is important to make sure that the hole is firmly filled to prevent reentry.

Note: a spring-loaded hinge may be required for Raccoons as they may be able to open the door. A larger door may also be required for larger Raccoons.


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