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Arlington Animal Services
1000 S.E. Green Oaks Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76018

Mail Stop 52-0100
P. O. Box 90231
Arlington, Texas 76004-3231

Phone: 817-459-5898
Fax: 817-459-5698

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Animal Services - Encouraging Responsible Pet Ownership

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SOLUTIONS TO WILDLIFE NUISANCES

For 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 safety.

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, and chimneys.

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 a quarter.

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 animalservices@arlingtontx.gov 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.

 

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