Pesky Critter? County Animal Control Will No Longer Help

July 31, 2008

If you have a wildlife problem, you can’t call Escambia County Animal Control anymore.

Escambia County Animal Control has announced that they will no longer handle wildlife calls. Any orphaned animals should be referred to the Wildlife Sanctuary or a private pest control agencies.

The Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 105 North “S” Street in Pensacola and is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There phone number is (850) 433-9453.

The sanctuary is a non-profit organization that accepts orphaned and injured indigenous wildlife…animals that natural call our our area home. While their primary objective is rehabilitation and release, they also provide a sanctuary for non-releasable animals.

Wildlife nuisance issues, including raiding raccoons, crafty coyotes and aggressive alligators, should be handled by local private pest control companies.

For more information on how you can better handle wildlife/human conflict, visit the Escambia County UF/IFAS Extension Office web site by clicking here.

Some tips offered by the extension service include:

  • Keep garbage in a garbage can with a raccoon-proof lid.
  • Do not leave pet food outdoors.
  • Consider fencing garden areas if repeated digging occurs.
  • Install screens over window, doors, and chimney flues to prevent entry.
  • Caulk any openings or crevices that animals may crawl through.

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