Baby and mama fox living in Mesa yard

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- Spring means desert critters are on the move and often on their way into Valley yards and homes.

Golf courses, parks and washes are favorite winter living quarters for many creatures. But once the heat kicks in and babies are born, the wildlife sometimes gets a little too domestic while seeking shade and shelter.

Joe DeWolf owns Lone Wolf wildlife and pest removal. Monday, he pulled a mama gray fox and her pup out from under a backyard shed in an east Mesa neighborhood. 

"People get scared and most of the time [animals] are not going to bother anybody if they're in the yard or under the shed … But they do cause damage. They dig up your yard. You start finding dead birds and rabbits and people don't like that," DeWolf said.

DeWolf finds all kind of critters living around, under and in Valley homes: coyotes, skunks, raccoons, bobcats and foxes. He traps the creatures humanely and returns them to the desert where they have more food, water and a better chance at survival.

People often ask how best to keep the creatures out in the desert where they belong. It helps to avoid leaving food sources lying around the yard. But DeWolf said wild animals will roam wherever they want and it just comes down to calling an expert if and when wildlife becomes a problem.