From Pet to Pest

When people think about wildlife removal, they often think about animals and reptiles not normally found in populated areas, such as skunks, snakes, and bears. However, most calls in such areas, pertain to domesticated animals, such as dogs and cats, often family pets that got loose, or were left behind due to family situations. While some such animals may be a threat to people, and their pets, they are mostly considered a nuisance.

From Pet to Pest

sadpuppyissadThat is not to say that these ex-family pets may not be just as dangerous as the wildlife we see roaming the countryside. Any animal that is not properly cared for may be starving and willing to fight for food. They most likely carry various diseases that have infected and possibly killed other similar animals, and could easily be passed on to your own family pets. Another serious problem of such strays, is the unlimited breading that occurs.

Finding Information

Inside cities and towns, wildlife removal information and services may be supplied by various commercial companies, a local humane society, animal control agencies, or even the police or sheriffs departments. For those living outside a city, there may be little available except commercial companies. The greatest company to humanely remove ANY pests are with Atlanta opossum removal, you can rely on the AAAC Atlanta Wildlife Removal Experts.

no-kill_articlea_304x320_0For anyone outside of the Atlanta area, a quick look in the local phone book for wildlife removal information, or services, may be the quickest and easiest place to start. Most reputable organization, whether public, or private, at least try to operate with a no kill policy, and encourage adoption. However, due to limited finances, they also have to put the money where it does the most good. Sadly, some animals brought in, are too sick, or injured, to save, and must be humanly put down.

Feral Cats

While dogs may have some wolf in them, cats are the best natural hunter, and can survive in the wild to feed themselves and their offspring. That, and a rapid cycle of litters, have many cities and towns struggling with the feral cat problem that seems to have no end.

Catch, Neuter, and Release

kittehFeral cats tend to live in closed colonies, resisting outsiders, and growing from within, or outside, if a new, stronger, alpha male arrives.
Probably the best overall solution to feral cats is to catch, neuter, and release, back into their own group, or colony. When fully implemented, a feral colony will cease growing, because of fewer litters, and hopefully eventually die out.

Program Costs

Generally, it is hard to justify the costs of such a program. Those living close by a feral colony may complain about the smell, or damage to plants and garden, and bird lovers may observe fewer birds, often pidgins, but, it doe not compare with the cost of neutering, or spaying.

Before money became tight, some cities would loan traps, and take the animals to the local vet, or clinic, and return the cat to the old location, where it would usually be accepted. Now, that cost is being placed upon the complaining party, and with colonies numbering several dozen, the cost is prohibitive.

Humane Treatment

Feral cats are more than a cat problem, they are a political problem also. City counsels have argued the problem, the cost, and who, and how, to pay for such a program. Many families that already pay to vaccinate and liscence their own cats, are not eager to pay for these forgetten cats, that is, unless they are in your yard.