Monday, July 26, 2010

The "wild-side" of Overland Park

Our community boasts outstanding park trails, beautiful green spaces, and winding creek systems that create an environmental balance with the urbanization of both residential and commercial properties. Included as part of that environmental balance is the presence of wildlife in all areas of the City. Overland Park Animal Control responds to over 700 calls for injured wildlife every year. Deer, fox, raccoons, and opossum make up a majority of the common wildlife spotted by citizens every year. However, Overland Park also is home to less common animals like bobcats, birds of prey (eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons), and turkey. Although the City does not provide nuisance wildlife trapping services, if a wild animal is injured, Animal Control can provide the necessary response to most situations. If you find baby or orphaned wild animals, expert wildlife representatives encourage citizens to leave the animal in place and let mother-nature continue taking care of the animal. Animal Control also reports urbanized wildlife behavior may be more relaxed than typical wild animal responses. Healthy animals usually observed nocturnally, or at dawn and dusk, may be seen out during the day depending on the weather and human activity in the area. If you see a wild animal that appears ill or injured, feel free to contact the Police Dispatch at 895-6300 so an Animal Control Officer can evaluate the situation.