Here you can get quick tips & information on how to handle an encounter between you (and your pet) with a wild animal.
- Put away water bowls and secure water sources
- Don’t leave piles of brush sitting around for an extended period of time.
- Watch wood piles as they can create a habitat for animals
- Secure your garbage
- Coyotes, bobcats and some foxes can climb fences – coyote rollers can help on the top of your fence, especially if you back up to wooded areas.
- Most wildlife does not like the smell of ammonia, so rags soaked in ammonia can help discourage their presence.
- Because even owls can carry animals up to 13 lbs, accompany your animal if letting them outside.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744
(512) 389-4800 or (800) 792-1112
Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services
1600 Waterbrook Dr, Pflugerville, TX 78660
If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911
In a non-emergency, you can contact Pflugerville Police on:
Useful Information About Wildlife
Venomous Snakes in Texas
Per the TPWD, Texas is home to over 105 different species and subspecies of snakes. Only 15 of those are potentially dangerous to humans. You can find a full-list of these snakes on their Venomous Snake Safety page
Safety Around the Home
As our population continues to grow, many encounters occur around the home, with the result that incidents of bites close to home are statistically high.
Snakes in general, occur around a home for the specific purposes of seeking food and shelter. Keeping these things in mind provides us with guidelines to help prevent snakebite around the home.
- Keep the lawn around your home trimmed low.
- Remove any brush, wood, rock or debris piles from around the residence - they make great hiding places for snakes and their prey - rodents.
- Always wear shoes while outside and never put your hands where you cannot see them.
- Be careful when stepping over fallen logs and rock outcroppings.
- Take care along creek banks and underbrush.
Snakes do not prey on humans and they will not chase you, in fact they usually retreat or escape if given the opportunity. The danger comes when they are either surprised or cornered. Do not play around with a dead snake, they have been known to bite and envenomate.
For more information on Venomous Snakes, please visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Venomous Snakes page
What is a Coyote?
A slender, dog-like carnivore, coyotes are common throughout Texas and have taken over much of what historically was the range of the red wolf. They have adapted easily to the expansion of human communities into their habitat and can occasionally be found in urban and suburban neighborhoods. Coyotes may live alone or in small "packs" of up to 6 individuals. They hunt at all hours of the day and night but may be seen more often in the early morning or just before sunset.
Precautions with Coyotes
There are some common sense precautions people can take to manage coyotes:
- Do not feed coyotes! Keep pet food and water inside. Keep garbage securely stored, especially if it has to be put on the curb for collection; use tight-locking or bungee-cord-wrapped trashcans that are not easily opened.
- Keep compost piles securely covered; correct composting never includes animal matter like bones or fat, which can draw coyotes even more quickly that decomposing vegetable matter.
- Keep pets inside, confined securely in a kennel or covered exercise yard, or within the close presence of an adult.
- Walk pets on a leash and accompany them outside, especially at night.
- Do not feed wildlife on the ground; keep wild bird seed in feeders designed for birds elevated or hanging above ground, and clean up spilled seed from the ground; coyotes can either be drawn directly to the seed, or to the rodents drawn to the seed.
- Keep fruit trees fenced or pick up fruit that falls to the ground.
- Do not feed feral cats (domestics gone wild); this can encourage coyotes to prey on cats, as well as feed on cat food left out for them.
- Minimize clusters of shrubs, trees and other cover and food plants near buildings and children's play areas to avoid attracting rodents and small mammals that will in turn attract coyotes
- Use noise making and other scaring devices when coyotes are seen. Check with local authorities regarding noise and firearms ordinances. Portable air horns, motor vehicle horns, propane cannons, starter pistols, low-powered pellet guns, slingshots, and thrown rocks can be effective.
For more information, please visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Urban Coyotes page
Examples of potential Predatory Birds in Texas
Some animals are able to grab small animals, up to 13lbs in weight (such as small dogs, cats).
Raptors & Hawks
Some hawks are able to take larger animals than an Owl can, so extra precautions should be taken to keep animals with you on a leash when outside, and with you in-attendance when at home.
Possums, like many wild animals, are attracted to the smell of cat and dog food. To avoid attracting this type of wildlife to your yard / property, avoid leaving your pet's food outside.
Additionally, avoid leaving areas of brush, piles of wood, and high-grass, as these are commonly attractive natural elements that attract wildlife (such as Possums, and smaller rodents) into your yard for cover and/or to hunt.