Animal Wildlife Information

In a move towards more humane practices, Animal Care Services revised our long standing Trap Policy. A.C.S. has decided to discontinue the practice of picking up or providing traps used to catch wildlife.

Consider this:

  • Our local wildlife rescue groups are much better equipped at handling and housing wildlife than we are. That’s what they do. That’s what they specialize in. Our focus is and always has been dogs and cats
  • Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation can be reached at (830)336-2725. They have information on more humane ways to either live with or deter wild animals without having to resort to a potentially dangerous trap.
  • A.C.S. is working towards a "no kill" goal for the community and trapping animals who aren’t threatening the public doesn’t fit into that new way of thinking.
  • Our current facility was built with dogs and cats in mind. ACS staff does not have the specialized training and knowledge to safely handle wild animals.
  • Revising the Trap Policy is actually a cost SAVINGS to the taxpayer. No added expense or time of dealing with animals outside our TRUE scope of responsibility---that is, dogs and cats.
  • There are several private companies in San Antonio 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"

If you suspect a wild animal may be rabid or it’s actually injured someone? Here’s what to do:

  • Of course, it’s VITALLY important a pet or person whose been injured by wildlife receive IMMEDIATE medical attention.
  • It’s always best to leave wildlife alone. Don’t touch them. Don’t bother them.
  • Potentially rabid animals showing any of these signs will be tested and the citizen will be contacted if tests come back positive.
  • Animal Care Services will ALWAYS respond to incidents where a wild animal has bitten or scratched a person or a pet. Of course, ANY animal showing signs of having rabies will be picked up by our Animal Control Officers. Those symptoms include not eating or eating of strange things like sticks or rocks, clumsiness, unusual snapping, foaming at the mouth, biting and a "vacant" or crazed look.

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