What to Do if You Have a Prairie Dog in You Window Well
New commercial and residential developments often displace prairie dogs, causing them to wander into areas that are inappropriate habitats. If a prairie dog gets into a window well it usually can be removed with little effort.
First, try to get the animal to leave on its own by propping a board in the window well to provide an avenue of escape.
If that is unsuccessful, lift the animal with fishing net or a shovel and release it. It will usually make its way back to the colony from which it came.
If a prairie dog appears sick, don't approach it or try to move it. Contact Animal Control or a pest control company to remove sick prairie dogs.
Cover window wells with steel grates or plastic covers to keep wildlife from becoming entrapped.
For the safety of pets and wildlife, keep pets away while the prairie dog is in the yard to avoid encounters.
Contact a pest control company to learn more about appropriate control measures.
Prairie dogs which appear frozen are usually scared. Simply push the prairie dog with a broom or pole and it will leave.