As of January 1, the Austin Animal Services Office took over wildlife management for Travis County, a contract that was awarded to them by the Travis County Commissioners Court in December 2017.
A major focus for Animal Services since taking over the contract has been coyote management and the education of residents about coyote behavior and how to successfully co-exist with local wildlife. Animal Services has two staff members dedicated to wildlife services in Austin and the county, and offer one-one information sharing or group presentation events. Residents can schedule a presentation by calling 3-1-1 or 512-974-2000.
As coyote denning season approaches in February and March, residents may see an increase in coyote sightings and activity, which should be reported to 3-1-1. Animal Services encourages residents to protect their pets by keeping cats indoors or in “catios”, following city leash laws by always walking dogs on leashes 6 feet or less in length and not leaving small pets unattended.
Residents should visit the Animal Services website for more information about coyotes in Central Texas: http://austintexas.gov/department/coyotes-central-texas.
About the Animal Services Office
The Animal Services Office operates the Austin Animal Center, the largest No Kill municipal animal shelter in the United States. We provide shelter to more than 16,000 animals annually. Our goal is to provide a safe place for lost and homeless animals and to educate our community in order to prevent animal homelessness and promote compassionate treatment of animals and responsible pet ownership.