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City to host Wild Neighbors: Solving Urban Wildlife Problems

​Bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, oh my! Join Coppell Animal Services at the Biodiversity Education Center, 367 Freeport Parkway, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 28 for Wild Neighbors: Solving Urban Wildlife Problems. Find out what to do if you see wild creatures, as well as facts and falsehoods about urban wildlife. The class will be led by Marcus Stephens, Professional Wildlife Control Operator, North Texas Regional Manager of 911 Wildlife and former Game Warden.

Most Coppell residents are accustomed to the abundant wildlife that peacefully lives in the area. It is important to remember that wild animals such as raccoons, opossums, coyotes, bobcats, snakes and other wildlife are natural inhabitants of Coppell and living in harmony with these animals is an important aspect of the natural eco-system.

Seeing a wild animal is generally not a reason to be alarmed. However, routine precaution and deterrents are recommended. Wild animal sightings in urban and residential neighborhoods are not uncommon. Raccoons, opossums, coyotes, bobcats and snakes call this area home, as do you. Generally, they are only trying to survive in an ever-changing environment. You can take steps in your yard and home to deter visits from these animals:

1. Do not feed wildlife

2. Never leave uneaten pet food outside

3. Restrict use of birdseed. Wildlife are attracted to the birds and rodents that eat from the bird feeder

4. If possible, eliminate outdoor sources of water

5. Trim and clear, near ground level, any shrubbery that provides cover for wildlife and rodents

6. Repair dilapidated fencing

7. Only put trash out on the morning of trash collection

8. Scattered moth balls and ammonia-soaked rags strategically placed about the yard may deter wildlife. Practice good pest and rodent prevention

9. Keep cats and small dogs indoors, allowing them outside under supervision and on a leash. Cats should not be left outdoors to roam freely

Never approach any animal, including wild species. If you see any animal behaving strangely, or have questions or concerns about wildlife, contact Animal Services at 972-304-3515. For after-hour emergencies, call the City of Coppell Police Department at 911.​

For more information about the Wild Neighbors: Solving Urban Wildlife Problems presentation, visit 911wildlife.com​ or call 214-368-5911.