Living With Wildlife in DuPage County

Please select from the following helpful guides. If the animal you’re concerned about is not listed, please call Willowbrook Wildlife Center at (630) 942-6200.

If you come across a wild animal and are concerned, leave it alone, and call Willowbrook for advice. Recorded messages provide general information for callers when the center is closed.

Living With Baby Wildlife In DuPage County

In most cases, wildlife babies should be left alone. Young wild animals are not like humans.
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Bats

Bats are found throughout DuPage County in forest preserves, parks and backyards. They are unique because they are the only mammals in the world that can fly.
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Beavers

Because of its valuable fur, the beaver played an important role in the settlement of North America.
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Chipmunks and Ground Squirrels

Chipmunks and ground squirrels are commonly mistaken for the same animal, but they both have distinguishing marks and different habits.
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Coyotes

Coyotes are yellowish gray with bushy black- tipped tails and whitish throats and bellies.
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Eastern Cottontails

Cottontails vary in color from gray to brown and have large ears and hind feet and fluffy short white tails.
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Opossums

Opossums prefer to live in wooded areas by streams. Cities and suburbs provide adequate food and shelter.
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Raccoons

Although raccoons prefer woodlands near water, cities and suburbs provide adequate food and shelter.
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Skunks

The striped skunk is an interesting mammal with a unique striped black-and-white coat, bouncing walk and an air of confidence.
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Songbirds

Songbirds are some of the most popular species of wildlife in DuPage County, providing enjoyment for avid birders and casual observers alike.
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Ticks

The most common species of ticks in DuPage County are the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis).
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Tree Squirrels

Fox and gray squirrels live in DuPage and have adapted to suburban neighborhoods.
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Waterfowl

For centuries, waterfowl have sought out and fed on highly nutritious marsh and grassland plants.
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White-Tailed Deer

Perhaps the most recognizable animal in DuPage County, the white-tailed deer needs little description.
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Woodchucks

Woodchuck, also known as groundhogs, have short, strong legs with curved claws on their front paws that are designed for burrowing.
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Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers have chisel-like beaks and long, flexible tongues designed for drilling and probing under tree bark.
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