Is it true that if nocturnal animals( Raccoons, coyotes, ext.) are out during the day then they are rabid?
No these animals will venture out during the day for many reasons, such as feeding their young, not being able to hunt the previous night due to bad weather. also if there denning area has been disturbed.
Is there a leash law?
Yes all dogs mush be leashed any loose dog will be fined. There is also a pooper scooper law stating that you must pick up after your dog when you are walking it on a public way or any other area that is not your property. Be a good neighbor do not allow your dogs to use other peoples lawns for a bathroom.
There are no dogs allowed on school ball fields or the playgrounds. This is also a fineable offense. When entertaining the thought of allowing your dog to run and play in these area's, Think of the children who are using these places for ball games and other school related things. They don’t want to clean dog poop off their clothes or shoes that is why this law was put into effect.
There are no laws pertaining to cats, except that they must be vaccinated for rabies. Cats are free roaming animals.
Why are we seeing so many coyotes and other wild animals in our neighborhood?
As we continue to build new homes in the area, our wild life is being forced into smaller living areas. This means it is much more common to see them all around town at many different times threw out the day and the night. When sighting these animals it is a good thing to report it to the Animal control officer so I can keep track. However there is nothing I can do about these sightings unless the animal is poising a treat, is sick, or is injured. I DO NOT REMOVE healthy wildlife. There are many ways to keep wildlife out of your general space. Make sure all holes in and around your home,shed,fence, and garage are properly fixed before baby season arrives. Animals are opportunists, they will find the easiest way to make a home.(attics, under sheds, holes of trees, an unoccupied dog house, and more).
Also keep all your rubbish in tightly sealed and covered containers. It is a wise idea to keep these containers in a shed or garage until rubbish day, to avoid animals raiding them.Baby season starts in or around APRIL, for most wildlife. Squirrels have young in the spring and the fall. Please do not feed any wild animals or their young, this will keep them from moving on and doing what nature intended them to do. Do Not handle baby wild animals even if they are cute and cuddly, THEY ARE WILD, they carry diseases other than the obvious ones that we know about.
Can I catch West Nile virus from a dead bird?
West Nile virus is contracted from a mosquito. You can not get it from any other source. Holbrook is a West Nile positive town as are most towns. To help keep the mosquito population down, you should avoid having any free standing,stagnant water around your yard.( old tires, buckets, toys ext.) Also change bird waters daily. For free standing fish ponds or large puddles that take days to dry up, there is a mosquito dunk that can be purchased at most hardware stores that work well by killing larvae but will not harm fish or other animals. These also stay affective for about a month even if the area dries up for a little while then fills again.