Many serious diseases, called zoonoses, can be spread from wildlife to humans. Some diseases have devastating consequences. Learning about the potential for disease transmission is very important, not only if you are having a problem with wayward wildlife on your property, but if you and your family enjoy spending time outdoors.
In the event of an outbreak it is critical that the origin of the original disease is located. These diseases are often detected when dead or dying animals are found, wildlife management officials notice irregular animal behavior, or when regular surveillance testing by state or county officials reveals the presence of diseases in wildlife. If animals have been released to other areas, there is no way to determine the initial location of an outbreak. Don’t be the vector-do not trap and release wild animals!