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Skunks, raccoons, opossums, etc

Wild animals should be left alone. Please do not trap healthy wildlife. If you are concerned about wildlife that are on or near your property, be sure all garbage containers are securely sealed, do not feed pets outdoors, remove bird and squirrel feeders, and seal up any holes that might allow a wild animal to access your garage, shed, attic, or under your porch for shelter. You can also trim back or remove shrubs and trees from your fence lines and any that touch your home or other structures.

Animal Control Officers will pick up healthy wild animals that have been trapped in private traps to be relocated in accordance with State Law.

For more information on preventing problems with wildlife, call Galveston County Animal Services Division at 409-948-2485.


Coyotes are a challenge to many of our communities within Galveston County.

Coyotes rarely attack people, but do attack pets. To reduce the chance of having unpleasant encounters with coyotes:

  • Do not put feed or water out for coyotes or for other wild animals that are prey for coyotes (e.g., deer, rabbits, etc.).
  • Construct and position bird feeders so that coyotes and their prey (squirrels and coyote rodents) cannot get to the feed.
  • Secure garbage and/or compost piles where coyotes cannot get to them.
  • Feed pets indoors whenever possible. Pick up any leftovers when feeding outdoors.
  • Trim shrubbery that provides hiding cover for wildlife.
  • Do not allow pets to run free. Provide secure nighttime housing for them. Walk your dog on a leash and accompany your pet outside, especially at night.
  • Discourage coyotes from coming to your area. If you start seeing coyotes around your home or property, chase them away by shouting, making loud noises, and throwing sticks or rocks.
  • Making your neighborhood less welcoming to coyotes can greatly reduce the possibility of human/coyote encounters by encouraging  coyotes to stay in their natural habitat, away from residential streets and yards.
  • Live coyotes are currently under a statewide rabies quarantine that prohibits them from being transported or sold in
  • Texas (see exceptions). For information on the rabies quarantine, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services Infectious Disease Control Unit Web site.