Thursday, June 21, 2007

WCT Conference 2008

Just received word from Lisa Erickson, for those of you that haven't heard yet, the 2008 WCT/NWCOA Conference
will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Covington, Kentucky on January 28, 29, & 30.  I believe this will be our 10th
WCT Conference, wouldn't miss it, see you all there !   As more information becomes available I will be sure to post it. 

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Starling Stopper

FROM: Wildlife Control Supplies, LLC


The Starling Stopper is a bird trap designed to humanely and safely remove
baby starlings, at least 1 ½ weeks old, from bathroom and dryer exhaust
vents. The trap itself is 3 ¼ inches in diameter, 9 inches in length and
weighs less than a half pound. It has a clear plastic one-way door to allow
baby birds to enter the trap, and a removable nose cone to allow easy
removal of birds once caught in the trap.

To operate, simply remove the exterior vent cover from the dryer vent in
which the birds are nesting. The mother will typically fly out within 3 - 5
minutes. After insuring the mother bird is out, insert the Starling Stopper
into the vent pipe as far as possible. Seal any gaps between the trap and
the vent pipe with duct tape. Remove your ladder. The mother bird will
return and perch on the edge of the Starling Stopper. She will call her
young into the trap and feed them through the screen on the nose cone.
After 24-36 hours, remove the young from the trap (usually 1-3 at a time)
and place them in a transfer cage to be taken to a rehabilitator, relocate
them nearby or euthanize them, following all applicable local laws.
Re-insert the trap into the vent pipe and repeat until there are no longer
sounds coming from the dryer vent.

Typically starlings will have 2-3 broods per year with 4-6 young in each
brood between March and July. Starlings may carry bird mites and
histoplasmosis spores. Always wear protective gear such as rubber gloves
and a HEPA filter mask when working with or near birds or bird droppings.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A All Animal Control

A All Animal Control Opens 15th Franchise Location Scott Buzby from Edina,
Minn., has acquired the rights to A All Animal Control's Minneapolis/St.
Paul franchise (6/12/2007)
MINNEAPOLIS - Scott Buzby from Edina, Minn., has acquired the rights to A
All Animal Control's <> Minneapolis/St.
Paul franchise and is preparing for its grand opening.
"Scott brings a deep knowledge of wildlife management to his operation and
we are excited to have him as the newest member of our team," said Mark E.
Dotson, chief executive officer of A All Animal Control.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul location marks the 15 franchise office for A All
Animal Control. Starting from its original location in Colorado, A All
Animal Control has grown into a National Wildlife Management company with
offices coast to coast.

Daytime Prowlers, Nightime Howlers Roam Neighborhoods

From June 9, 2007 Danbury News Times, by Robert Miller

In Danbury, Connecticut, Jean Pawlik saw a coyote on her lawn on as well as a night of wild howling and yipping.
Her neighbors have seen coyotes within 15 feet of their houses and others in the area are hearing the same late-night symphony and seeing coyotes out and about in daylight.
Dale May, director of the Department of Environmental Protection's wildlife division, said Friday that male and female coyotes are now busy providing for their offspring. Coyotes don't have packs, but they do maintain a family unit from spring to fall. They mate in early spring and their pups are born in mid-April or May. While the parents are not strictly monogamous, they can stay together for several years, rearing the pups together. The social group breaks up in the fall, when the pups go off to live on their own.
While people have seen coyotes confront family dogs, May said that's probably more of a territorial face-off than looking for a meal. In general, coyotes are wary of humans.
"Unless a coyote is sick, injured, or aggressive to humans, we don't do anything,'' said Officer Craig Simone of the city's Animal Control Division.