As Austin grows, our opportunities for interacting with wildlife increase. Animal Services does not remove or relocate healthy native animals; instead, we work with residents to resolve conflict with wildlife humanely. See below for effective solutions to common concerns. 

If wildlife is sick or injured, Animal Protection Officers will pick up and transport wildlife that needs help to Austin Wildlife Rescue. Call 311 to report sick or injured wildlife.

Call 311 to report non-native animals, such as pythons or domestic rabbits. Animal Protection will remove the animal and bring it to AAC, where we'll work with rescue partners to make sure that the animal is receiving appropriate care.

Wildlife in the Central Texas area includes coyotes, foxes, bats, raccoons, possums, skunks, deer, and snakes.

Living with Urban Coyotes in Austin/Travis County

As our community grows, there is increased opportunity for interactions with all kinds of wildlife – including coyotes. Coyotes are found in all 48 continental states in the United States and are firmly established in most major metropolitan areas including Austin and Travis County. Their adaptability and opportunistic diet make them well suited to urban and suburban landscapes where food sources are plentiful. If you have seen coyotes in your neighborhood, there are many helpful tips and techniques to deter coyotes from your area and ways to peacefully coexist with them.

Learn more about coyotes in Central Texas

Preventing Conflict

To keep wildlife wild and conflicts at bay, we can follow simple preventative measures:

  • Always keep trash and compost in a secure bin
  • Keep your barbecue grill clean
  • Keep the area under your fruit and nut trees free of droppings
  • Avoid feeding pets outdoors. If you must feed pets outside, feed during the daytime and remove the uneaten food as soon as your pet has finished
  • Clean up bird seed on the ground
  • Feeding wildlife and feral cats can attract unintended visitors. In addition to animals such as foxes and coyotes eating the food, mice and other animals will be drawn to leftovers, which can attract predators

Bats

Austin houses the largest urban bat colony in North America. While bats contribute greatly to our ecosystem, it is important to be safe when encountering them.

Pet Safety

Pets are safest when monitored outside.

  • Keep small pets inside when possible and monitor pets while outside.
  • Provide secure shelters for poultry or other animals living outside
  • Feed pets indoors. If pets must be fed outdoors, feed during the daytime and remove food as soon as your pet is finished. Only feed as much as the pet can eat in 30 minutes.
  • Always follow leash laws and walk dogs on leashes 6 ft or less in length. On walks, do not let dogs explore vegetation that you can’t see through.

Learn more about wildlife that you may encounter while walking your dog

Wildlife Ordinances