The City of Arlington has a wide range of urban wildlife living in our community. There are many beautiful green belts, lakes, and the Trinity River that runs through our 99 square mile city. Arlington does not own or have control of any of the wild animals found within its boundaries, nor is the City responsible for the actions or damage caused by them. In fact, wild animals have no owners to be responsible for their actions, and therefore cannot be regulated in any way. There are no laws requiring Arlington Animal Services (AAS) to respond to wildlife issues or remove wildlife perceived by some to be a problem. AAS responds to situations where public safety is being jeopardized, however; the presence of a wild animal does not constitute a public safety threat. These animals are a common and important part of our ecosystem that benefits the human population in numerous ways.For years, large numbers of wild animals have been trapped, euthanized, or relocated by animal shelters all over the United States. AAS was no different in this regard. Despite years of trapping and relocating or euthanizing, human interactions with urban wildlife still take place today. In many areas, they have increased dramatically. The source of the problem is not the presence of wildlife, but the environment that humans have created for them. People, either intentionally or unintentionally, have conditioned wildlife to understand neighborhoods are full of food, water, and shelter.
Arlington Animal Services 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.
- Steps to Reduce Wildlife at Home
- Learn more about specific wildlife
- Reasons Why Trapping Doesn’t Work
- Protect Your Pets Against Wildlife
Maps & Reporting
You can see what wildlife has been reported in your community and report sightings using our interactive maps and online form. View maps and report wildlife now!
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- 911 Wildlife website – Common Misconceptions About Rabies
- The Humane Society of the United States – Understanding Rabies: Facts and safety guidelines clear up misperceptions
- U.S. National Library of Medicine – Rabies
- What to Do About Orphaned or Injured Wildlife
- Texas Parks & Wildlife website – Wildlife Fact Sheets
- Texas Parks & Wildlife – List of Wildlife Rehabilitators for Tarrant County, or call the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Information Line at 800-792-1112
- Animal Services contact information and hours of operation