4PM // Cozby Library and Community Commons
10AM - 11AM // Biodiversity Education Center
8AM - 12PM // Old Town Coppell
9AM - 12PM // Biodiversity Education Center
3PM // Cozby Library and Community Commons
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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 wildlife2. Never leave uneaten pet food outside3. Restrict use of birdseed. Wildlife are attracted to the birds and rodents that eat from the bird feeder4. If possible, eliminate outdoor sources of water5. Trim and clear, near ground level, any shrubbery that provides cover for wildlife and rodents6. Repair dilapidated fencing7. Only put trash out on the morning of trash collection8. Scattered moth balls and ammonia-soaked rags strategically placed about the yard may deter wildlife. Practice good pest and rodent prevention9. 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.