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Tony Watford traps large coyotes, small bats and any other animals considered “a nuisance” to humans, he said.
Watford, owner of Watford’s Nuisance Wildlife Trapping of Camden, said after reading the “Coyote Ugly” article in March 9, 2013, edition of The Lancaster News, he decided to let homeowners like Doris Starnes know he can help them get rid of annoying pests.
Starnes thought vandals had destroyed the yard of Hough Road home, but when she called law enforcement to report the incident, she discovered it wasn’t vandals, but coyotes chasing a rabbit that demolished 80 feet of French line drainage pipe.
Watford, a certified wildlife specialist, said he’s available to trap almost any animal, large or small, with the exception of deer, wild turkey and geese, although he will trap these if the animal is on private property. He specializes in nuisance removal at all types of residential, commercial and industrial sites.
“I trap coyotes, bobcats, foxes, raccoons, possums, flying squirrels, snakes, bats – any kind of wildlife nuisance to people,” he said.
Watford began this type work when friends and others in the community called him to get animals out of their homes and yards, he said.
“I’ve always enjoyed working with wildlife,” he said. “I’m a member of the S.C. Wildlife Trapper Association and I keep my furbearer license year round.”
Watford said his trapping methods are very humane. He uses no poisons.
“This time of year, I get overloaded with calls for squirrels,” he said. “Mama squirrels are getting into people’s houses and having their baby squirrels.”
Watford said in addition to squirrels, he also gets numerous calls about raccoons and possums.
“Possums get in places under the house where the bathtub drain is located,” he said. “If you ever get fleas in your tub and wonder where they’re coming from, it’s usually from a possum under the house.”
Watford says he thoroughly enjoys what he does and has a catchy motto to prove it.
“We’ll put our native wildlife back into the wild,” he said.
To reach Watford, contact him at (843) 789-9073 or watfordsnuisancewildlifetrapping.com.
Contact reporter Denyse Clark at (803) 283-1152