Sellersburg residents now have new option for unwanted pesky wildlife PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 00:00

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The residents of Sellersburg now have a new option when dealing with wildlife in and around their homes.
The Sellersburg Town Council has approved a contract with Tom Kendrick of Nuisance Animal Services for the removal of the pesky wildlife.
“We have been getting a lot of calls regarding the removal of wildlife. All we take care of is domesticated animals,” stated Sellersburg Police Chief Russ Whelan. “This is an option that will help the citizens at a very low out of pocket cost to them.”
According to Chief Whelan, the police department receives more calls regarding wildlife in the Spring and Winter months.
“We do receive calls year around but in the Spring time there are a lot more calls and then late winter, like in January, when it is really, really cold, the police department gets the most calls,” Whelan explained. “They usually are asking us what we suggest they do and if we know anybody that removes the animals. When I first heard the idea from Paul (Rhodes) and Brian (Meyer), I thought it was a great idea. We are getting a lot more houses and there is not anyplace for the animals to go.”
The idea of hiring a professional to remove the unwanted wildlife came from a resident in the district of Councilman Paul Rhodes.
“The idea actually came from a guy in my area. He was having a skunk problem. He ended up making some phone calls and getting information,” stated Rhodes. “Knowing this is a problem year in and year out, we thought about the idea of a contract. When I brought the idea up to Brian (Meyer), he said it wasn’t a bad idea.”
The idea of a contract gave the  council members the opportunity to get different ideas to fulfill the contract.
“We got the exterminator’s plan and Kendrick’s plan. We then voted to take Kendrick’s plan. He also came recommended by several people in the community who had used him already,” Rhodes added.
The contract for Nuisance Animal Services began on September 1 and will continue through the end of the year.
According to the signed contract, Kendrick will receive $300 per month from the Town of Sellersburg. He will also receive $10 per animal removed. This fee will be paid directly to Kendrick from the resident. The fee will be $20 per animal removed (paid by the resident) if the removal requires use of a ladder. Kendrick will only remove animals from traps he has set. He will not be responsible for traps set by homeowners. Kendrick will also not remove any bat species.
“It is a partnership plan. The citizen pays per animal caught,” Rhodes stated. “We are not committed long term. The contract is through the end of the year.”
Whelan added, “Generally there is a $75 fee per animal caught. With this contract the residents of Sellersburg will only pay $10 per animal caught. The town will pick up $65 of the $75 bill.”
He continued, “We will be able to see how much people used the service through the end of the year. Then we can decide if it is cost effective. This gives it a fair chance to get it to work. A lot of people don’t know their options. Our option as a police department is different than a real expert when dealing with nuisance animals. The police department deals with domesticated animals, not the nuisance wildlife.”
Rhodes said the feedback from the citizens has been positive.
‘From the people attending our meetings, this has been pretty well received,” Rhodes said.
According to Kendrick, he receives on average six calls from Sellersburg residents per month.
“The majority of the calls are for skunks, coons, opossums and a few squirrels,” Kendrick explained of the nuisance animal calls he usually receives from residents of Sellersburg. “Sellersburg reached out to offer a service to their residents. Knowing he have done work in the community, we worked with them for a reasonable rate. One of the things we hope to do when working in Sellersburg is to do the small repairs on the customers’ house.”
Kendrick’s company also offers small repair work and chimney caps to help ease the problems created by the unwanted wildlife.
“We do small repairs and chimney caps. We are hoping to help the customer out when we are already there. We can offer those services also at very reasonable, competitive rates. We do a lot of small repair work,” Kendrick concluded.
Whelan concluded, “This way of ridding the area of unwanted wildlife is the humane way. It is not the animals’ fault. They are just looking for shelter.”
For more information about the wildlife removal service please contact Chief Whelan at 812-246-4491.

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