SOLUTIONS TO WILDLIFE NUISANCES
many of us, the enjoyment of watching two squirrels play in the back
yard, or the mystery of a couple of coyotes in the distance help to
enrich our lives. However, our wild neighbors may sometime encroach
into our homes, damaging property or even possibly threatening our
As human society grows, animal habitat goes, and our homes are
not just our own castles anymore. Looking for a place to raise their
families, industrious raccoons, squirrels, and other small creatures
gnaw and claw their way into roofs, attics, basements, vent pipes,
There’s perfect logic to it, from a critter’s perspective. In the
same spots where squirrels crawl into roof vents and raccoons climb
down chimneys; these animals’ ancestors once took up residence in
the cavities of aging trees that have long since been chopped down
and underground burrows that are now trapped under asphalt.
Nothing if not resourceful, these wild urban residents have managed
to adapt to a changing world and find the next best thing to natural
habitat: manmade structures that provide all the insulation and
protection they need to raise growing families.* In many cases,
urban areas are much easier places to live for these creatures.
There is plenty of sustenance available in our trash and in our
pets’ food bowls.
While many people are content to live alongside our little wild
friends, there are solutions available when they become a nuisance
instead of a neighbor.
Solution 1. Eliminate the attraction – Don’t leave pet
food outside, as it attracts wildlife. Never put out your trash the
night before trash pickup day. Seal the holes and small entryways
into your home. Some animals can squeeze through a hole the size of
Solution 2. Increase the unattractiveness – Wild animals
like to den under foundations, sheds, and decks. Tennis balls soaked
in ammonia should irritate their sense of smell, making the area
undesirable to them.
Solution 3. Remove/relocate the nuisance animal – As a
last resort, nuisance wild animals may be captured in a humane trap
and removed, relocated, or euthanized.
Traps may be purchased at most hardware or feed stores, and
animal services will accept any trapped animals captured within the
city limits. Trapped animals (including feral cats) may be brought
to the shelter at 1000 SE Green Oaks. Trapped animals may also be
scheduled for home pick up by calling animal services before noon at
817-459-5898 or emailing them at
firstname.lastname@example.org before noon on Monday through
Saturday. Skunks, foxes, and raccoons should be scheduled for home
pick up rather than delivered to the shelter.
Animal Services does have a very limited number of traps
available for resident use. City owned traps may be requested using
the contact information mentioned above. Please understand that due
to the high demand for this very limited number of traps, there may
be up to a two-month waiting period before a trap becomes available.
In compliance with Texas Department of State Health
recommendations, high-risk rabies animals may be euthanized to
protect the public health.
*Some of the material above was furnished by The Humane Society
of the United States.