Rutgers LAS

Comparative Medicine Resources (CMR)

Animal Control Problems

HELP!!! There's a squirrel in my attic, a raccoon in my garage, a deer in my garden!

LAS receives many calls from people requesting our help in removing a nuisance animal. While LAS may help to answer a few questions that you may have, we primarily serve the Rutgers community and thus, cannot provide animal damage control services for private homes. If there is an animal damaging your property or being a nuisance, we suggest you call your township's health department. We also strongly urge you to NOT FEED WILD ANIMALS!

Animal control problems on campus: Contact RU Police

The over-population of deer in New Jersey is causing many problems for numerous communities. Stay posted to this site for upcoming deer management control issues, comments, suggestions and research!

There are ways to prevent animals from destroying your garden or from entering your house. The following links can be most useful:

Wild animals may be cute, but they are wild and should be left that way!

LAS, and most animal control officials, strongly discourage the feeding of wild creatures (aside from birds) as your act of "kindness" may lead to injury to yourself and or to the animal and may lead to a nuisance problem:

  1. A wild animal is always unpredictable and my bite at any time. Wild animals carry many diseases and may pass them on to you or your pet.
  2. When animals begin to depend on humans for food, they can lose the skills of foraging for food. When infant animal are taught to depend on humans, they never learn these essential survival skills.
  3. They also lose their fear of people, and may begin approaching people for food. Not only can this be very annoying, it can be dangerous for the animal who may be mistaken for a rabid or aggressive animal and be killed.
  4. The food fed to animals by humans is usually nutritionally inadequate and can cause health problems for the animals.
  5. Animals gathering in unnaturally large numbers (due to an easily available food supply) can spread diseases among themselves, affecting a larger number of animals than would normally occur.
  6. Further, a population of animals depending on humans for food may reproduce in numbers greater than what that environment would normally support.
  7. If they stop being fed by their human source, many could die of starvation.
  8. Feeding migratory animals can sometimes interfere with the animal's awareness of seasonal changes in natural food supplies which tell the animal that it is time to migrate.
  9. Neighbor "B" may not share neighbor "A"'s fondness for the presence of the animals and may want to trap or kill the animals that will also be using his yard.