Animals of all types love to take up residence in your chimney. There are many good reasons NOT to let this happen in your chimney. For the obvious, animals and their nests can block your chimney, forcing dangerous fumes into your home. Animal nesting is also a prime fuel for a chimney fire. Even if you are not using your chimney there are many good reasons to keep animals out. Animal droppings can be a serious health hazard and should not be allowed to accumulate in your chimney. You really don't want a rabid raccoon in your chimney! The best protection against animals in your chimney is a good quality chimney cap. You really should get one today.