Coyote Sightings

Date posted: 2/21/2014

In recent months, the Block House Municipal Utility District has received reports of coyote sightings within Block House Creek.

To address these reports, Jacob Hetzel, a Texas wildlife biologist with Texas Wildlife Services and APHIS, attended the May 22, 2013 Board of Directors meeting and spoke to the audience regarding wildlife, specifically coyotes, in the natural habitat areas within the District. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture responsible for protecting animal health, animal welfare, and plant health.

Mr. Hetzel provided information regarding urban coyotes and precautions that residents should take to help minimize the potential for danger associated with urban coyotes. Additionally, the agency identified coyotes on nearby land, and a number of coyotes were trapped and removed in October and November.

Reports of coyotes in the Central Texas area are not unusual. The presence of coyotes has been reported in residential areas throughout the state, including neighborhoods in and around Austin, Cedar Park, Leander, and Georgetown. Block House MUD continues to work with Texas Wildlife Services/APHIS to mitigate the impact of wildlife in the District's natural habitat.

To report sightings of coyotes within Block House Creek, please contact Jacob Hetzel via email at: Jacob.Hetzel@aphis.usda.gov

Click here to read information on "Managing Suburban Coyotes" provided by the Texas Cooperative Extension -  Wildlife Services in cooperation with the USDA and APHIS.

For more information on urban coyotes, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife information page.



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