The National Wildlife Control Operators Association is a wonderful group put together for the purpose of being humane to animals and making sure that they do not get hurt. They want to make sure animals are not killed if at all possible.
The first thing to know is that you do not have to be certified to be a member of NWCOA however, they would like you to be. There are many benefits to being certified. You are also not required to join NWCOA to get your certification. Each one is separate of the other. It is just recommended. To get certified, you are required to have at least three years of real field experience and a certain amount of credit hours of seminars and approved training courses. These are all board approved by the NWCOA. It does help to be certified when working in an animal handling job because it shows that they are working with the very highest in experienced and trained professionals. That puts you ahead of the game with other workers and applicants. This certification shows that you have been trained at the top level in service, integrity, and competence. They want people to know that they are working with the very highest in experienced and trained professionals from Wildlife, Inc. Once certified, it is expected that this will continue by finishing continued education courses to be able to recertify each year.
A professional wildlife control specialist is someone who has experience in how to use wildlife damage experience and to solve wildlife problems with people. They must have the newest in wildlife removal information, not hurt the animals if at all possible and just relocate it somewhere else where it belongs.
Rabies is always a concern when dealing with wild animals. Rabies is usually passed through animal bites, but they can also be passed through scratches or through saliva or tissue from the spinal cord or brain from an animal that is rabid and gets into a cut or opening in the skin or mucous membrane.
Trying to protect people, yet still protect the animals is a big project. It is tough when you have to remove an animal, especially a large animal. On a call for skunks under a persons porch, the specialist looked under the porch and saw three sets of eyes staring back at him. He knew immediately that he was not dealing with skunks. When he saw a big nose under the porch he knew they werent skunks. It was a big, black, momma bear and her two small cubs. He needed to call in some back-up help to handle the situation. Luckily, they were able to tranquilize them and relocate them safely to another area.
Another situation was when he was called to a home to figure out what was making noise inside of a wall of a home. One of the workers pulled out a 9-foot Burmese python from inside the wall of some peoples home. The snake could not be taken out easily and was difficult to deal with when he did not feel like cooperating. It was the last thing that they expected. More often he removes skunks, raccoons, snakes, bats, squirrels, from inside businesses and homes.
Here is a list of the types of animals that specialists from Houston Snake Removal deal with on an everyday basis. Some are seen more than others.
Armadillos, Ground Squirrels, Badger,Fox, Stinging Insects, Chipmunks, Bats, Flying Squirrels, Crows, Beavers, Coyote, Flying Squirrels, Black birds, Bobcat, Gulls, Pack Rats, Moles, House Finches,Norway Rats, Opossums, House Mice, Muskrats, Magpies,
Swallows, Voles, Pigeons, Starlings, Porcupine, Sparrow, Weasel, Raccoons, Wild Hogs, Squirrels, Roof Rats, Starlings, Woodpeckers, Skunks, Woodchuck, Snakes, Sparrow.
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