Cobb County is home to a vast array of wildlife. The most common are squirrels, chipmunks, birds, opossums, snakes, etc. We also have coyotes and foxes. These animals you will not see as much. Occasionally in the spring you will see a young bear. This is rare but it does happen. We have a wide variety of species in the county. These animals pose little threat to humans, but they can become a nuisance.
There are certain things that you can do to deter wildlife from coming onto your property.
- Do not place garbage bags on the curb until the morning of pick-up.
- Secure basement vents and hatch doors.
- Lock or remove pet doors, especially between dusk and dawn.
- If wildlife is coming around bird feeders remove the bird feeder for a couple of weeks.
- Do not feed pets or stray animals outside. This will attract wildlife.
- Do not allow your pets to roam free.
- Provide a safe outdoor enclosure or keep them as inside pets.
- Remove debris such as limbs that are piled up.
Doing the simple things, listed above, will help keep wildlife from coming onto your property. It will also keep you and your animals safe.
The county does not respond to wildlife calls; however, if the animal is injured or is causing an immediate threat to public safety Animal Control will respond. You can call our office at 770-499-4136, and if the situation is an emergency call 911.
There are a few additional resources for wildlife:
Georgia Department of Natural Resources is the state agency that is charged with handling the state’s natural resources.
Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort – AWARE Wildlife Center rehabilitates Georgia’s injured and orphaned native wildlife and educates the community about habitat preservation and peaceful coexistence. AWARE is one of the few centers in Georgia that rehabilitates all wildlife species.
Southeastern Reptile Rescue is a great resource for identifying snakes.