Director of Animal Care & Control
8501 State Route 143
The Animal Care and Control Department performs numerous functions, most of which are mandated by the Illinois Animal Control Act. These functions relate to stray animal control, rabies prevention, injury or death of domestic animals or poultry by dogs, animal bite investigations and impoundment of biting animals. The department:
What should I do about wild animals?
Some animal species, such as skunks, raccoons, opossums, deer, squirrels, ground squirrels, woodchucks (groundhogs), Canada geese, foxes and coyotes have adapted well to living among humans and use them as a valuable resource (for food, shelter, etc.).
If the animals residing on your property are not doing any damage, you may want to allow them to stay. It will be very difficult for them to find another place to live if you evict them. Unfortunately, some people have problems with property damage caused by wild animals and others are uncomfortable with the idea of wild animals taking up residence on their property. Madison County Animal Care & Control is not equipped to assist in efforts to remove or relocate wild animals; but here are a few regional resources that can be contacted to assist with the efforts:
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR), located at Horseshoe Lake State Park can answer your questions on wildlife and permits. Contact Ben Funk at (618) 931-0270.