The City of Rowlett sits on Lake Ray Hubbard and has several creeks and streams feeding the lake. This, along with heavily wooded areas, provide a safe haven for all types of wildlife. Raccoons, opossums, coyotes, squirrels and snakes, to name just a few, live around the area. Unfortunately, with residents living so close to these areas, wildlife will wander into residential areas looking for a free meal. Trash cans, bird feeders, and pet food are a few things they are looking for. Rowlett Animal Services tries to provide helpful tips and humane traps for those occasions when wildlife disturb a resident's way of life. See below for a few options that can help residents coexist with the wildlife in the area.
You can be infected with the rabies virus if you are bitten by a rabid animal. The virus is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal usually a bite. If you are bitten by a confirmed or suspected rabid animal you will need to receive a serious of post-exposure rabies injections. For this treatment to work well, it must be given soon after contact with the rabid animal. High Risk animals for carrying rabies include: Bats, Skunks, Coyotes, Foxes, and Raccoons!
If an animal bites you, follow these steps. These steps could save your life.
Biting skunks, bats, foxes, coyotes, and raccoons must be tested for rabies. If you are bitten by another kind of animal, the local rabies control authority will decide if it needs to be tested or observed for rabies.