Fort Worth has a wide range of urban wildlife living in the community due to numerous parks, waterways and greenbelts. In a move towards more humane practices, Fort Worth Animal Care & Control no longer picks up or provides traps used to capture wildlife.
This includes rabbits, opossums, squirrels, snakes, rats and other wild animals. Wildlife rescue groups are much better equipped at handling and housing wildlife than Animal Care & Control, whose focus is and always has been dogs and cats.
Fort Worth Animal Care & Control recommends a proactive approach towards wildlife. Preventing wild animals from becoming accustomed to people is the first step in reducing human/wildlife interactions. Wildlife will continue to come to people’s homes as long as there is food, water or shelter for them.
- The Humane Society of the United States provides a wealth of humane solutions for wild animal problems in homes, yards or gardens.
Small nuisance wildlife is no longer handled by the city, with the following exceptions:
- High-risk rabies suspects (bats, foxes, raccoons, coyotes, skunks) with a reasonably possible human exposure.
- Animals that have bitten or scratched a human.
- Injured or sick wildlife.
- Coyote and feral hog mitigation.
- Raccoons, skunks, and foxes are considered “High-Risk” animals for rabies in Texas. Because of this, animal control will pick them up if they are privately trapped, and will dispose of them appropriately. Residents are prohibited by law from relocating these animals.
- It’s always best to leave wildlife alone. Don’t touch them. Don’t bother them.
Options for residents:
- There are several private companies in Fort Worth that will trap/pickup wild animals for a fee. Residents can check out the Yellow Pages under “animal rescue and removal services” or “pest control”.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, 817-334-5202.
- Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, 830-336-2725.
The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department handles issues concern loose livestock (horses, goats, pigs, etc.) within Fort Worth city limits. Call 817-884-1212 to report loose livestock.
Code Compliance is in the process of reviewing animal ordinances.
The Animal Task Force reviewed operations and adherence of procedures and laws from December through March.
Chuck Silcox Animal Care & Control Center
4900 Martin St.
Fort Worth, TX 76119
Dr. Tim Morton