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Wildlife Removal Company vs Animal Control vs Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Did you know there is a difference between a wildlife removal company, an animal control, and a wildlife rehabilitation center? A wildlife removal company is not affiliated with animal control or any wildlife rehabilitation centers. It’s important to know the difference between all three when locating a company for your particular need.

A Wildlife Removal Company

A wildlife removal company only service needs that pertain to wildlife animals. An example of these animals can be but not limited to: bats, foxes, raccoons, squirrels, mice, snakes, birds, possums, skunks, beavers, moles, groundhogs, rats and insects like bees and ants. They can also provide other services such as removing a dead animal from your property and being proactive against home damage from a wildlife animal. Elite Wildlife Removal is an example of a wildlife removal company. It all starts with an inspection. Elite Wildlife Removal will provide inspections that will:

o determine the type of wildlife animal that is causing the problem

o provide a list that will detail what it will take to get rid of the wildlife animal

o provide a list of remediation details to fix the damage the animal caused and clean up their mess

o take a proactive approach by providing a list of other areas seen that can be a potential problem in the future

o the cost of the services needed

A professional wildlife removal company is not employed by the state; however, they must carry a license in the state to provide a wildlife removal service. The biggest misunderstanding is that they DO NOT receive any kind of monetary compensation, for the services they provide, from the Government. That is why they charge for their services. A professional wildlife removal company cannot provide service that has to do with any kind of domestic animal. An example would be, but not limited to, cats or dogs. You will actually need to contact your local animal control located in your county for them.

Animal Control

Animal control is not actually a company. They are your county animal control shelter or another name used is a dog catcher. Animal control protects pets and wild animals, such as wild dogs and cats, from the dangers they face in the wild or on the streets. They also protect people and property from the dangers and nuisance of roaming uncontrolled domestic animals.

Animal control officers are actually employed by your local Sheriff’s office. This means they receive monetary compensation from the state for the work they provide. They are to enforce all state laws and any county ordinances for the protection of domestic animals. These officers receive training governed by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the State Veterinarian Office.

If you have a problem with a domesticated animal, contact your local sheriff’s office.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

The goal of wildlife rehabilitation is to provide professional care to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals so they can be returned to their natural habitats. They do not attempt to turn wild animals into pets. Wild animals are kept into captivity only until they are able to live independently in the wild.

Wild animals are very different than domestic animals. That’s why rehabilitators work with veterinarians to assess injuries and diagnose a variety of illnesses. They need extensive knowledge about the species in their care. Some rehabilitators work out of their own homes, while others volunteer at nonprofit wildlife centers and they must have a permit to work with rehabilitating wild animals.

If you happen to come across a wild animal that looks sick, has been injured, or a little one left alone by its’ mother, you will want to search for a wildlife rehabilitation center in your area. A wildlife removal company or local animal control will be able to assist. Some state wildlife agency websites offer information locating licensed rehabilitators. You may also be able to locate a licensed wildlife rehabilitator through your county animal control office.

I hope this helps to explain the difference between a wildlife removal company, animal control, and a wildlife rehabilitation center.


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