Hotline is established for wildlife problems
February 01, 2012
To the editor:

We would like to introduce you to a new service available to the public in Missouri (state wide) and Western Illinois. We are the Wildlife Hotline, manned 24/7, and formed by volunteers from multiple local rehabilitation centers to assist the public with wildlife conflicts.

Many public offices, city halls, animal control officers, animal rescue groups, veterinarians and police and fire departments have received resident's calls with wildlife related calls. Because a majority of animal control departments will only respond to calls for domestic animals and other sources do not specialize in wildlife, we determined that the public needs somewhere to turn in order to get help with wildlife conflicts. Calls regarding squirrels, skunks, raccoons, opossums, woodchucks, chipmunks, foxes, coyotes, rabbits, mink, otter, beaver, song birds, birds of prey and deer can be referred to this hotline at (636) 492-1610 or toll free at (800) 482-7950. We also may be contacted on our website here. (Note: Bite reports will ALWAYS be referred to local/municipality animal control departments or health departments.)

Our mission is to provide the public with certified veteran wildlife specialists, to assist them in humane conflict resolution with the environment around us. If an animal needs medical intervention, we can refer the caller to the nearest wildlife hospital for the animal to get the care it needs. Our hope is that with this resource, we can cut the number of orphaned wildlife that end up rehabs by at least 30% through education or reuniting orphans with their natural mothers.

Angel Wintrode, St. Louis, MO

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