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Northeast Times | October 21, 2021

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Wildlife in NRH

Wildlife that is common to our region includes rabbits, possums, armadillos, hawks, coyotes, skunks, snakes and other small animals. Residents may notice wildlife more frequently in area parks, neighborhoods and open spaces during certain times of year, or during times of drought as the animals seek out new sources of water, food and ground cover.

For your safety and respect of the wildlife, you should never approach, chase, capture, feed or harm any of the animals you see in local parks and neighborhoods. Although normally not aggressive, wild animals can bite if threatened or handled. If you or someone else is bitten by an animal, please seek medical attention immediately. The majority of bites result from people taking unnecessary or foolish risks.

Discourage visits from wildlife by removing two of the three things they are looking for on your property: a food source, a water source and shelter. Removing food and shelter is one of the most effective ways of discouraging wildlife from coming onto your property. Keep grass and vegetation around your home cut short and remove debris piles, including branches, leaves, boards, rocks, logs and wood piles.

Wildlife was here long before our community was developed and experts agree that it would be impossible to remove these animals from the area. When wildlife is removed, the area is repopulated with the same species within a short amount of time. Therefore, the City of North Richland Hills encourages residents to educate themselves about wildlife and to take the above steps to minimize encounters with wildlife. Questions about wildlife may be directed to the NRH Animal Adoption & Rescue Center at 817-427-6570.