Wildlife Issues

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Photo of a opossumAs development continues to encroach on the remaining open land within Keller, wildlife encounters have become more and more common. Keller residents and visitors are frequently confronted with a variety of wildlife, including raccoons, opossums, skunks, foxes, snakes, armadillos and coyotes. Most of our experiences will be sightings, or occasionally some first-hand contact with some of the animals that show up around the house, dig in our flowerbeds and lawns, or get into our trash. 

Tips for alleviating problems with area wildlife

  • Eliminate outdoor food and water sources
  • Don’t leave pet food out overnight
  • Keep the ground clear of birdseed
  • Secure trashcans with tight-fitting lids! Trash will attract raccoons, opossums, crows, stray cats and dogs, and all other types of wildlife. Trash and food items also attract rodents into your garage or deck area, and rodents, in turn, will attract snakes, coyotes, foxes, and bobcats.
  • Don’t leave your garage door open or cracked at night with pet food on the floor inside.
  • Lock pet doors at night
  • Keep your yard clean
  • Cover or screen around the bottom of decks and sheds
  • Do not leave brush piled up for extended periods of time
  • Check the condition of your chimney cover, and keep the chimney closed when the fireplace is not in use
  • Block or fix damage to the eves or soffits on your home
  • Do not allow cats or small dogs to roam freely without you close by
  • Dogs should always be on a leash. Coyotes are dogs, too, and they attract one another.
  • Do not approach a coyote; yell loudly, clap your hands and, if possible, throw a rock or stick toward them. Such actions will help condition them to stay away from humans.

Have ducks in your backyard or pool area during the late spring? They're likely using your home to nest! It is illegal to harm native birds, or disturb relocate or destroy nests or eggs. Find tips to prevent nesting in the first place - and how to handle them once they've set up house - at www.dfwwildlife.org/DuckCourting.html

For more information about coyotes, call the DFW Wildlife Hotline (972-234-9453) to speak with trained volunteers or visit www.dfwwildlife.org/coyote.html 


After-hours emergency calls:

Report problems or request emergency service for:
Animal bites, injured, sick or trapped animals, or loose livestock near roadways