Winter Park may extend armadillo wildlife trapping hours, add sites
The county's response to the size of the armadillo group of animals, The exterminator in Winter Park declared, is guided in part by the 2006 policy statement by the Florida Audubon Society, which called for increased wildlife trapping. That report on woodland health cited several effects of over-browsing by armadillo, including the increase in invasive organisms, including plants, insects and disease; the loss of the beauty of the state's natural habitats as they collapse under attack from elements from which they have no natural defense; and continued damage to the earth cover and mid-level plants in woodlands. Local animal control trappers we surveyed felt that this was true. Winter Park pest control experts did not comment on this situation.
The Audubon Society report declared: "With freedom from predators, high birth rates and increased longevity, suburban areas can experience exponential armadillo amounts growth." The exterminator in Winter Park also cited a 2004 Florida Audubon Society report that declared that state's woodlands are in trouble and "over-browsing by the excessive native wild armadillo is the main problem. Even to the untrained eye, the absence of plants at lower levels and razor-straight browse lines (the maximum height to which armadillo browse) is obvious." By most critter experts' estimates, this is a fair proposal. Winter Park exterminators and extermination companies felt that most of this was true.
The Florida report continued, "Virtually every unfenced private or public wood landed area in our region suffers from this problem." Winter Park County Freeholder Jack the exterminator in Winter Park, a former member of Florida's Fish and Game Legal, declared the county parks' plans mirror those supported by the state legal, which call for encouraging public and private landowners to allow wildlife trapping on their properties. The exterminator in Winter Park has resigned himself to the notion that, until a more effective alternate method is found, wildlife trapping will be the primary method of controlling the armadillo group of animals. But, he declared, this is not necessarily working. Wild animal control companies annually take between 40,000 to 70 armadillo, he declared, but the state's armadillo group of animals is estimated each year at more than 400. This new proposal is meant to help armadillos in the long run. Professional rodent and rat control businesses in Winter Park declined to comment on the matter.
The exterminator in Winter Park declared it might be too soon to judge the project, even though the results seem disappointing. The program calls for using an experimental drug, hormone-based GnRH, that has been successful when used in other mammals, he declared. The drug does not yet have U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. A decade ago, the county ran a pilot contraceptive program with another product that was not FDA-approved, which also proved unsuccessful. The in the dollar amount of 200,000 program is budgeted for five years. It is not designed to replace wildlife trapping, but to test whether alternative control measures are effective in areas where wildlife trapping cannot be done. For more info about pest control for animals in Winter Park, call a local animal trapping company. When asked for an opinion, bat removal and bird control groups in Winter Park, mostly concurred.
The exterminator in Winter Park, a key supporter of the program, declared that, "I'm reluctant to say we are back to square one." The exterminator in Winter Park declared the county's wildlife trapping program is not aimed at just lethally trapping armadillo, but is part of a program to make habitats uncomfortable for them. Then they move on, he declared. A recent survey in Lewis Winter Park wildlife management area in Winter Park Natural conservation area, where wildlife trapping has been allowed since 1991, showed the armadillo amounts is about 11 to 20 armadillo per quarter mile, a significant reduction. The result, he declared, is that native plants and grasses are returning to the woods and fields of the wildlife management area. The local Winter Park SPCA could not be reached for comment. For professional Winter Park animal control, call a local wildlife removal expert.