Hammond neighborhood infested with wild animals

2013-10-10T00:00:00Z 2013-10-20T00:11:06Z Hammond neighborhood infested with wild animals nwitimes.com
October 10, 2013 12:00 am

I live in a good neighborhood on Marshall Avenue in Hammond. Our neighborhood is recently infested with possums, raccoons and now skunks, which are the worst for carrying rabies, fleas and diseases. These pose danger not to just humans, but also our pets.

I called Hammond Animal Control. They said they don't deal with wild animals -- even though feral cats are wild. They told me to call the Indiana Department of natural Resources, and they said they can't help. They suggested I call a pest exterminator.

They said they can place a "live trap" on my property. Their fee would be determined on what is caught -- $50 to $250 for a skunk, with the highest bounty.

What are we supposed to do? Go door to door for donations to pay an exterminator?

We live in a city, not out in the country.

- Ken Bastasich Sr., Hammond

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