Wildlife Damage Control/feral cats


QUESTION: I been a ny state wild life trapper for 36 years.  I have 4 feral cats that I've been taken care of.  I've trapped them to be be fixed and checked.  I would like to retire and move to Florida. One I can pick up and carry.  The others only get so many feet but would run in a second.  They are to smart for traps now.  How can I trap them and transport them to Florida?  Thank you so much for your time.  Fred

Cats can be trapped but you will need to use different tactics to catch them. May I suggest getting a copy of my book. The practical guide to the control of feral cats.

In the meantime wire the doors open and put food in the cages till they get comfortable.

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QUESTION: Thank you very much for your reply.  These cats would feed off the neighbors garage before they will stick their head into a box trap again.  They have also witness not only themselves trapped inside one but countless of raccoons, squirrels and possums that I caught in the car port.  Do you know of any other types of traps for cats and raccoons that are trap shy? Have you ever heard of any company that transports animals out of state?  I think other trappers have the same problem.  Once again I thank you for your time. I will buy that book yours too.  Yours Truly Fred Tarantino of Freds Chimney Magic inc. Chow

I am not aware of any companies that transport animals. But I would think a quick Google should resolve that. Of course I would suggest not transporting them at all. If you are determined be sure to follow regs for your target state.

As for cage/box trapping the key is to make sure it doesn't look like a trap.  

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I can assist the public in responding to all kinds of wildlife related problems in the United States and Canada, including birds, mice, rats, skunks, raccoons, beavers, opossums, voles, moles, chipmunks, woodchucks, pocket gophers, and more. Please note that I specialize in vertebrates only, (animals with a backbone). While learning about insects, other experts should be consulted with insect questions. My passion is wildlife damage identification, for if you don't know what animal is causing the problem, you can't begin to resolve it responsibly. My latest book is the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook 3rd edition (2012). It is available at my site http://wildlifecontrolconsultant.com or by visiting my various vendors. (A simple internet search on the book's title will bring you to them).


I was a full time animal damage controller for over 5 years and a part-time animal damage controller for over 10. I have been a volunteer for AllExperts.com for over 5 years under the Pest Control Category, when they graciously created a new category that better suited my experience (I don't answer bug questions). I was a licensed animal controller in both Massachusetts, Connecticut and Nebraska. I presently run the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, http://icwdm.org and http://wildlifecontrolconsultant.com.

National Wildlife Control Operators Association, Community Integrated Pest Management group at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

I have published multiple books, including The Wildlife Removal Handbook rev. ed. and the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook 3rd ed. Additionally, I have written dozens of articles which have appeared in Wildlife Control Technology Magazine, Fur-Fish & Game, The Trapper, The Fur Taker, The Probe, and others. I have co-authored wildlife related publications for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension program and was responsible for revising the handbook designed for the Pest Controllers looking to obtain their category 14 license.

I was a trapper education instructor for the state of Massachusetts, and have attended a variety of conferences and trainings, including but not limited to Vertebrate Pest Conference, Wildlife Damage Management Conference, National Wildlife Control Association national conference, Wildlife Control Technology Conference. I have not only attended these meetings but have also been privileged to have been a speaker. I have received the National Wildlife Control Operators Association Educator of the Year Award in 2008 and 2012.

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Certified Wildlife Control Operator (2001), Academy Certified Professional (2008), Master NWCOA Instructor (2012)

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I have helped thousands of people around the U. S. through my work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Wildlife Control Consultant. Specific tasks include: Ghost writing, Research, Expert Witness, Writing Training Manuals, Public speaking at Conferences, Workshops, and Trainings

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