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Animal Control Monthly Update

By George Moore, Groton Animal Control Officer
There were a total of 35 calls to the Animal Control Officer in the month of July, some of which were handled over the phone. The calls were for just about all the varieties of animal, domestic and wild in our town.
     Most of the young born this year are now out and about on their own and not dependent on mom. They have not yet learned animal/human relationships and will be seen close to houses. Please do not feed them. Feeding them can make them associate humans with food; never a good habit!
     There were several complaints about poultry; roosters crowing and hens trespassing on neighbors’ property. We are a farm-friendly town. However, we cannot let our animals roam onto other property. In theory, allowing our chickens to free-range seems like a good idea. It brings a whole set of other issues, however. When they are roaming loose, they are subject to all kinds of danger. And then there are the roosters! Nothing can destroy a neighborhood more quickly than a rooster’s crowing at daybreak. They are allowed but not really necessary.
     Several of our calls involving injury to our wildlife were successfully handled by our two area wildlife rehabilitators who are licensed and trained for this purpose. We are fortunate to have them available to us since ACOs are not supposed to handle wildlife, which comes under the jurisdiction of Mass. Division of Fish and Wildlife. Recently two Canada geese became entangled in carelessly discarded fishing gear. They were transported to Tufts Animal Clinic in Grafton by a wildlife rehabilitator. They will be treated there and released in the area where they were found.
     Groton Animal Control hopes all are remaining safe in these troubling times.
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