Our Animal Control department consists of one full-time Sergeant and five full-time animal control officers. We will respond to complaints in as timely a manner as possible. However, if you are experiencing an animal-related emergency please contact the department directly at (859) 586-5285. If Animal Control is not open,contact Boone County dispatch at (859) 371-1234 with emergency situations.
Please use the FAQ below to receive answers to some of the most common wildlife issues.
There is a wild animal on my property that appears to be sick or injured. What should I do?
Please contact us at the shelter as soon as possible. Please ensure that no humans or animals come into contact with the animal.
Will animal control come remove a wild animal from my chimney/ceiling/wall/etc.?
No. We do not have the licensing nor the equipment to remove wildlife from situations like this. You will need to contact a commerical "critter" removal service. Below are two local contact numbers for removal services.
- Catch Pro Nuisance Wildlife Removal (859) 466-2564
- Critter Control of Lexington & Cincinnati (859) 278-3747
There is a fawn (or a nest of bunny babies, or other baby wildlife) on my property. What should I do?
Most of the time, you do not need to do anything. Wildlife mothers choose what they precieve to be a "safe" spot for their babies, then most only visit the babies at dawn and dusk to feed them. As long as the baby is laying quietly, not crying or behaving as if it is searching for it's mother, very hungry or dehydrated, there is no reason to intervene.
What should I do if I find a bat in my residence or business?
Please contact us at the shelter as soon as possible. Please ensure that no one comes into contact with the bat. If possible to do so safely, drop a box or bucket over the bat to keep it from moving around and to prevent contact with it.
What can Animal Control do if I see or hear coyotes in my neighborhood?
Coyotes are native to this area and as such, are widespread throughout Boone County. If you have concerns about coyotes, contact Kentucky Fish & Wildlife.
Kentucky Fish & Wildlife website
Canada geese have taken up residence at my residence or place of business. Help!
We know they can be annoyance, but these animals are protected by federal law. For questions regarding legal ways to deal with them, please contact U.S. Fish & Wildlife.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife