Bedford is home to several types of wildlife. If you encounter any wildlife, remain calm and walk in the opposite direction of the animal. It's best to operate by the general rule - if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone. If you have specific questions about the City's wildlife, please call Animal Services at 817-952-2191.
Anyone who has information regarding individuals feeding wildlife, please call Animal Services. A citation may be issued to anyone in violation of the City's wildlife feeding ordinance, which strictly prohibits the feeding of wildlife to protect residents and their pets.
Bobcats and Coyotes
Bobcats and coyotes live and actually adapt very well to the urban environment; therefore, these wildlife sightings in Bedford, as well as other cities in northeast Tarrant County, are not uncommon. To deter the likelihood of a bobcat, coyote, or other wildlife coming near your residence:
- Avoid leaving food sources outdoors
- Clean up around overflowing bird feeders
- Do not leave dog/cat food outside overnight
- Walk pets on a leash and accompany them outside, especially at night
- Keep garbage containers closed and inaccessible
- If a coyote frequents an area, show them that they are not welcome. “Hazing” a coyote, or showing it signs of aggression each time it is seen, will usually discourage its presence and helps to re-establish its fear of humans. Use noise making and other scaring devices when coyotes are seen. Portable air horns, vehicle horns, and whistles can be effective. You can also throw an object, such as a tennis ball, near the animal without the intent to injure it.
During summer, snake safety is important as native Texas snakes are coming out of hibernation. Please be cautious when walking in high grass or near any creek beds. Although, the majority of snakes found in the area are non-venomous, there are venomous snakes around. The most commonly found venomous snakes are copperheads, cottonmouths, and rattle snakes. These snakes are harmless if left alone, but if accidentally walked upon or threatened, they may strike. Please use caution when you are near any snake habitat, such as a creek, and teach your children not to touch anything that resembles a snake.
Raccoons, Opossums, and Skunks
If any of these animals create a nuisance by digging up plants, getting into garbage, or causing other property damage try the following solutions:
- Remove any items or food sources that may be attracting the animal. Such as trash, pet food, water bowls, and birdseed.
- Evict from attics by using bright lights and loud noises, or place ammonia soaked rags in the attic to drive them out. Once evicted, repair and secure the animal’s entrance to the attic.
- Evict from sheds, under houses, and decks by placing ammonia soaked rags or fox urine under the structure. Use flour or soft dirt to determine the animal’s activity. If the animal is absent, secure the entry with metal or wood. Repellents are best applied in the evening to encourage the animal to leave and not return.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Urban Wildlife Program has Urban Biologists stationed in the top six areas of the state to provide communities with planning guidance, management recommendations, research, and public outreach associated with wildlife and habitat. View the TPWD website for additional information on the urban wildlife offices and staff.