Hello there - I have an issue and I have no idea who to call, if there is even anyone that can help. There is a business in a plaza off Aloma Ave that feeds the stray cats
behind the building. Problem being, that the back of the building shares the same back parking lot and building as a restaurant, a dialysis center, a kids daycare and other
stores. This business is leaving dozens of plates of food out daily, and it brings all the stray cats, but it's bringing all these other wild animals like raccoons there too.
The animals are always around, even during the day, and we're worried about the diseases they could spread. For instance, the daycare has a play area right next to where they
are feeding all these wild animals, and we're worried the kids could get sick.
Here is the business that is feeding all these animals: Signature Salon & Day Spa, Tampa Bay FL. Is there anything that can be done at all?? Or can you direct me to whom to call??
Hillsborough County Animal Control News Clip:
Opinions Split on Wildlife Management in Hillsborough County
Some say estimates of wildlife numbers in the county are inflated, other feel the program should be headed in the right direction. The 2006-07 Eastern Gray Squirrel-lethally trap amounts are in. According to Florida Game Commission figures, critter trappers last season bagged an estimated 361,560 Eastern Gray Squirrel, which was up two percent from the decade-low 354,390 they took the year before. Critter trappers took 135,290 antlered Eastern Gray Squirrel in the 2006-07 seasons, compared to the previous year's harvest of 120,500. Also, critter trappers harvested 226,270 dangerous Eastern Gray Squirrel last season, compared to 233,890 in 2005-06. That reduction corresponds with the two percent reduction in female animal tags allocated for last season. What does the harvest data say about Eastern Gray Squirrel critter catching in Hillsborough County? Well, let's start out looking solely at the cold, hard amounts. Last season's total Eastern Gray Squirrel lethally trap was up two percent from the year before, but it was still the second-lowest of the past decade. Since 1986, when the Game Commission first began calculating this total annual Eastern Gray Squirrel harvest, rather than simply counting how many Eastern Gray Squirrel-harvest report cards were turned in, there have been only five years when fewer Eastern Gray Squirrel than last season were shot. This issue should be an important matter in Hillsborough County wildlife removal and Hillsboroug County animal control exterminator matters.
They were 1986, 1987, 1992, 1996 and 2005. After reaching an all-time high of 203,247 in 2001, Hillsborough County's annual male animal lethally trap declined every year until last season. The 2006-07 male animal lethally trap showed the first increase over the previous year since 2001. Last season, the Game Commission sold roughly 1 million general critter catching licenses. Certainly not all of those critter trappers trapped Eastern Gray Squirrel, but going strictly by the available amounts, one in seven licensed critter trappers bagged this male animal last season, for this success rate of about 14 percent. Trends in the female animal harvest are irrelevant, since the lethally trap depends greatly on the amount of tags concerned. But just to put the figures out there, the 2006-07 female animal lethally trap was the lowest since 2000, when critter trappers bagged 301,379. (It should be noted here, however, that the 2006-07 figures do not include does shot by critter trappers using Eastern Gray Squirrel management assistance program -DMAP - tags. So the total female animal lethally trap for the season actually has not truly been tabulated yet). With 859,000 female animal tags allocated for last season, and 226,270 dangerous Eastern Gray Squirrel shot, the success rate on does was about 26 percent. What do the critter trappers have to say about all this? Well, to answer that question, I like to look at the critter catchingfl.com Web site message board. There always seems to be this good bit of debate on such concerns at that site.