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 an animal that has the disease. You can also get rabies if the saliva from a rabid animal gets in your eyes, nose, or mouth. This can happen if you get saliva on your fingers and then touch your face. Another way you can get rabies is by having the saliva of a rabid animal contact open cuts on your skin. If you have such contact with a rabid animal, only a series of injections (shots) can keep you from getting the disease. 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. They may 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.