|Updated: 12/19/2013 8:35 am
||Published: 12/18/2013 4:59 pm
It's been busy year so far for wildlife control businesses they say the recent winter weather has driven predatory animals like bobcats and coyotes closer to populated areas.
Reginald Murray of the Oklahoma Wildlife Control said this winter, he's had to deal with those animals in areas like Tulsa and Broken Arrow.
“We've had an awful lot of calls this year," said Murray. He said it’s been his busiest since 2011.
“Since the ice storm, we've had more calls this year than anticipating a really harsh winter than any other year," he said.
The calls are for predatory animals like coyotes and bobcats, Murray caught one recently on a ranch. The quail population on that ranch has doubled since its capture.
But what is more concerning are the calls he's getting from neighborhoods and suburbs near Tulsa.
"They are inherently lazy, like humans. They want the most for the least amount of work and I can't blame them. So when winter sets in, and harsher the winter, the closer they move into populated areas where they don't have to work so hard to get food," he said.
Murray said a few people have already lost their pets to bobcats and coyotes and if the winter weather lingers around the area he's expecting to he'll remain busy.