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Pesky Critters in Your Community? Top Tips From Wildlife Expert and Trapper Todd Hardwick

Pesky Critters in Your Community? Top Tips From Wildlife Expert and Trapper Todd Hardwick

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As developers continue to build at a brisk pace, community association residents often find themselves sharing space with all types of wildlife including the good, the bad and the dangerous! What would you do if you spotted an alligator in your community pool?  How about iguanas or possums snacking on your community garden? A bear tearing through your garbage?  This week, host Donna DiMaggio Berger, is joined by Todd Hardwick, a nationally renowned wildlife expert with an astonishing 40-year career. Donna and Todd explore the difficulties of dealing with different types of wildlife in residential communities and the potential liability issues that arise should boards take no steps to intervene.

In this episode, Todd gives us a gripping account of the perils wildlife can pose to humans – the diseases they can transmit, the bodily harm they can inflict and the nuisances they create that can lead to mental distress. Donna and Todd also discuss the controversial issues surrounding the exotic pet trade, impacts on insurance policies, and potential legislative measures. Tune in to this important episode and learn how to avoid undesirable interactions with dangerous wildlife and what to do if you’re confronted by a predator.

Conversation highlights include:

  • Common wildlife issues in community associations
  • How to avoid undesirable interactions with dangerous wildlife
  • Alligators, crocodiles, and caiman-which poses the greatest risk?
  • How to remove iguanas in the state of Florida
  • The exotic pet trade and management issues
  • Top tips if you are confronted by an alligator, bear, or other predator
  • Which animals are presumed to be harmless but actually aren’t

BONUS: Learn how Todd captured a record-breaking 22-foot-long, 250-pound reticulated python that was hiding under a South Florida home!!

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Think you know what community association life is all about? Think again. Residents must obey the rules, directors must follow the law, and managers must keep it all running smoothly. Take It To The Board explores the reality of life in a condominium, cooperative or homeowners’ association, what’s really involved in serving on its board, and how to maintain that ever-so-delicate balance of being legally compliant and community spirited. Leading community association attorney Donna DiMaggio Berger acknowledges the balancing act without losing her sense of humor as she talks with a variety of association leaders, experts, and vendors about the challenges and benefits of the community association lifestyle.

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