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Animal Control Issues? Here Are Answers

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The answers about handling found animals in the QCA depend on where you live. The answers about handling found animals in the QCA depend on where you live.

With the warmer weather comes more wildlife spottings-but what if the animal you spot appears sick and not right? Who do you call for help?

Rock Island homeowner Kelly Cook says seeing wild animals in her back yard is not unusual.

"We have gophers and opossums and raccoons and chipmunks and squirrels," Cook said.

But lately something strange has been happening. She's found four dead animals in three weeks.

"About two and a half weeks ago, we found the first opossum over here and then about a week later we found the other opossum right here," Cook said. "Then a week, well today, which a week later, we found the raccoon, over there."

Plus a third dead opossum just over her property line.

"I don't know if it is rabies or if somebody has something out that is poisoning the animals," Cook said. 

That's left this mother of four, with another on the way, worried and scratched her head about where to turn for help.
Cook called the city of Rock Island's Animal Control, the Health Department and the Department of Natural Resources, to name a few.  She says she just kept getting told to call someone else.

The question is, just who's responsibility is to take care of this sort of problem? The answer: it depends.

"You'd have to check with your local cities," Rock Island Co. Animal Care and Control, Samantha DeYoung said. "I know the county will come out if it's something we can take care of. If it's not something we can take care of then we'll direct you on who to get to."
Rock Island County Animal Care and Control says it's not licensed to deal with wildlife like that, only cats and dogs. If the wild animal has died after biting a human, animal control can pick up and send it off in most cases to the Department of Agriculture to be tested for rabies. If the animal is found dead but hasn't bitten a person, it's the homeowner's responsibility to dispose of the carcass.
But if the animal is alive, you'll need to contact a private wildlife removal company on your own to take care of it and pick up the tab for those services. That also depends on where you live. Iowa and Illinois have different laws and different areas have different protocols for handling wildlife.


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