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Wildlife in Hurst

Coyote photo by Rebecca RichardsonHurst citizens share this wonderful city with a variety of wildlife. It is not uncommon to see raccoons, opossums, squirrels, foxes, coyotes, and bobcats in our fair city. Most wildlife has no interest in interrupting your day to day life. They simply hope to coexist.

For more information about how to interact with wildlife, please visit the DFW Wildlife Coalition website. They provide very useful information about how to coexist with the wildlife in your area, what to do if you've found a baby or injured animal, and can put you in touch with local, licensed wildlife rehabilitation professionals.

If you must trap wildlife, there are some rules you are required to follow in the City of Hurst:

  • Traps may only be set between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.
  • Trapping animals other than animals that have bitten a human, injured animals, and those cases specifically approved by Hurst Animal Services, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. is strictly prohibited
  • Traps may not be set on Saturday evenings, on holidays or days preceding holidays, or during inclement weather
  • Animals must not be confined in traps for more than twelve (12) hours
  • Traps borrowed from Hurst Animal Services may not be loaned to anyone other than the person signing the trap agreement
  • Traps borrowed from Hurst Animal Services may be borrowed for two (2) weeks only
  • Failure to return a trap borrowed by the return date will result in forfeiture of trap deposit 
  • If using canned food as bait, be sure to remove the lid completely
  • When an animal is trapped, you may bring the animal (except skunks) to Hurst Animal Services
  • When an animal is trapped, you may call the shelter and request removal – you must leave your name, address, location of the trap, and contact phone number if leaving a voice message
  • Trapped animals MUST be reported to Hurst Animal Services by 10:00 a.m. for pick up
  • Hurst Animal Services will not enter attics, go under structures, or climb onto the roof to retrieve a trap
  • Any misuse of traps, including harm or death of an animal while in the trap, may result in citations being issued for animal cruelty
  • If you are unable to adhere to these guidelines, contact a private pest control agency or a licensed wildlife professional to trap and/or remove unwanted animals
  • If you would like assistance with feral cats, you may contact Mid-Cities Community Cats at 817-585-4216 or