|Why we do
what we do:
our neighborhoods continue to expand, many opportunities present
themselves; opportunities for jobs, expanded housing, shopping,
and quality of life. However, this expansion also presents
other types of opportunities not quite as pleasant. Our suburban
expansion puts homeowners and wildlife on a course to be too
close at times. Raccoons, opossums, beaver, coyote, nutria,
and armadillo all now have the same need for habitat as we
These close living conditions present many potential problems.
First of all, many of our furry neighbors carry diseases that
can be contracted by humans. Secondly, many of these same
animals have begun to loose their fear of humans and this
in no way makes these animals any more approachable, only
Coyotes have small dogs and cats as easy meals, raccoons
have a special fondness for cat and dog food, both of these
situations possibly bringing these animals too close to humans.
Sometimes they are as close as on your porch.
Before I suggest a solution to these problems, should you
be in need of one, let me say two other things. First, unless
it is an emergency, the local sheriff will not respond to
wildlife problems. Second, the Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries will not respond to non-emergency wildlife problems
either. So, what is one to do?
Wildlife and Fisheries has NWCO’s, Nuisance Wildlife
Control Operators, and our job is to fill the gap that other
agencies cannot. Our desire is to help homeowners and landowners
with the safe removal of problem animals (wildlife).
Our primary choice of capture is live trap. These traps do
not harm the wildlife, and will not harm your dog or cat if
incase one of your own pets should decide check out the traps.
We also advise property owners about other possible solutions
to prevent potential further problems from starting. Certain
cases, depending on the problematic species, do not involve
trapping at all; the species are removed by method of exclusion
only. Exclusion methods typically used for bat cases and will
require the entrance/exit to be sealed once it is known that
all animals are gone to ensure they do not return. Your bid
will include sealing of the entrance/exit unless stated otherwise.
I have logged
many miles and many hours in the woods and fields observing
and studying wildlife. I want to bring my experience to you
by helping to provide a pleasant quality of life close to
nature, but not TOO close.
It is very important that homeowners are aware
of some very important trapping information. Not everyone
who is a hunter is experienced enough to trap nuisance wildlife
in and around your property; this is why the Department of
Wildlife and Fisheries has a separate licensing department
for nuisance wildlife control. If you have a friend, neighbor
or family member willing to “help” you out by
trapping for you to save you money, be sure to ask yourself
a few questions before making your decision. First, if they
are successful in trapping the animal, are they going to let
it go? If so, then where? According to guidelines, in order
to release any wildlife onto someone’s property, you
must have written permission from the landowner. And, if they
do “dump” the animal elsewhere, is it going to
affect another residence as it did yours? Second, if they
say they will kill the animal, are you sure that the particular
species is not protected under federal law? And, once they
kill this animal where will they “dump” the remains?
Now for one of the most important questions to ask yourself;
if this person that is “helping” you out happens
to get bitten or injured in any way by this animal, who is
going cover their medical expenses? Will this “helper”
in turn sue you and/or your homeowners insurance? Please be
sure that anyone you use carries general liability insurance.
I sincerely hope that you have found this information
to be helpful. Please feel free to contact us with any further
questions or to schedule your inspection. We do offer 24hr
emergency services. I look forward to working with our community.