Wildlife sightings can be common for people living around large fields and bodies of water. The city does not trap large wildlife, but there are measures you can take to prevent wildlife from coming into your neighborhood

Coyotes

CoyoteIf you see a coyote, remain calm.  Coyotes generally avoid humans, even when their home range encompasses largely urban or suburban habitat. 

However, the presence of a free buffet in the form of pet food or garbage can lure coyotes into suburban yards and create the impression that backyards are bountiful feeding areas.

Without the lure of food or other attractants, their visits will be brief and rare.

Never try to feed a coyote. Hand-feeding coyotes can get them accustomed to people and will ultimately lead to their demise.

 

Bobcats

BobcatBobcats are normally shy animals but have been increasing in population in the DFW metroplex. Like coyotes, bobcats are generally afraid of people and attacks are virtually unknown. 

Bobcats eat a variety of animal species, especially small rodents. The best way to prevent bobcats near your home is to prevent rodents from coming in. 

Do not leave food out for a bobcat. 

 

Opposums

Opossum

If there is an opossum in the yard, don't worry. They aren’t a threat, and more than likely they will be moving on in a short while. The best way to keep them from visiting is to keep trash in your garage until collection day. Do not leave any pet food outside overnight and to remember to pick up any fruit that has fallen from trees.


 

But far from being a nuisance, opossums can be beneficial for your garden, eating snails, slugs, insects and sometimes even small rodents. They’ll even clean up spilled garbage and fruit that has fallen off trees.

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