I am sitting here waiting for the weather to warm some before I go check the traps, JT and I put out on part of the Farm yesterday. I put myself in the place of a person who's had a pet or livestock that had been attacked by a Coyote. He takes that pet to the Vet and the doctor sews him up, if possible, gives him a shot of penicillin and sends them back home with a bill for $600-$700 or more. Hopefully, the owner was responsible enough to have the pet vaccinated against the Rabies virus. If not, the pet gets to stay in the County pound for 10 days and the owner gets to pay for that also. Most people do not understand the cost of Trapping from an ADC perspective. So I am going to give you a clear explanation what you would be paying for. #1 It is much more cost effective to have a Trapper come in and remove an offending or aggressive animal than have that animal eventually attack or kill a pet or Livestock.
I am a Wildlife Control Operator with a very specialized skill set. I have the knowledge, experience and equipment to target and surgically remove the offending animal. Very few people can do what I do. In essence, you are "renting" my equipment and services for at least a two week period. You are paying me to Scout, Locate, Evaluate the animal's travel patterns and then set the traps in the best locations that I believe I can catch him. You are paying me to drive back and forth and check the traps daily and remove any animals caught. You are paying me to relocate that animal, if possible. State law will not allow us to relocate Canines. As any other Business, I have expenses such as Fuel costs, vehicle costs, general liability insurance premiums, equipment costs, bait and lure costs and expendables costs. There is also the cost of my time. But let's look at the costs this way. In reality, there is no other way to remove this animal. He is not going away. The problem will only escalate. How many pets have to die before someone makes a decision to have them removed. Let's look at the traps from a cost perspective....... When I place traps, they begin working and they work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Day and Night. The rate for two weeks of trapping in the metro right now ranges from $800-$1000 per two weeks. There is 336 hours in two weeks. Lets say I've had to put out 6 traps on your property to target the animal. That is 6 locations that have a 24/7 opportunity for two weeks to catch him. Say I charge $800 for those two weeks. $800/336 hrs.=$2.38/6=$.40 per trap. That's 40 cents per trap per hour for 6 traps for two weeks. That also includes my costs stated above and trips everyday on trap checks. Even at $1000 per two weeks the cost is only 50 cents per trap per hour for two weeks. The main point I want you to understand is that THE TRAPS, ONCE SET, ARE WORKING 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. So, after I have shown you the breakdown, I ask you, are you getting your money's worth? I say YES, and much more!!. Especially, if I am protecting a herd of cattle who's average price ranges from $750-$1000 per head. In reality, a landowner could not afford, NOT to have a Trapper on site during the Cattle Birthing Season! Having stated all of the above, I have a full time job and do my ADC work in the evenings and on weekends. I can also provide pricing that is lower than the above metro rates depending on how far from my home in Loganville the Client lives and how far I have to drive.