Rules and Guidelines City of Cleburne Animal Services does not loan live traps to citizens. Citizens wishing to trap animals may do so by purchasing a trap at stores such as Tractor Supply, Lone Star Ranch & Outdoors, or check with your local pet retailer. Animal Services will remove trapped animals from personal traps, rules and guidelines below will apply.
- Monitor the trap on a daily basis — Leaving an animal in a trap for an extended period without notifying Animal Services constitutes Animal Cruelty under the laws of the State of Texas, and is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.
- Do not set the trap during extreme weather conditions. This includes setting the trap during temperatures below 35 F or above 95 F or during inclement weather (rain, snow, ice, etc).
- Traps can be set Monday through Friday and late on Sunday evenings. Traps cannot be set on any holiday or weekends. Responsibility for the trap is solely yours. Please make sure to monitor the trap daily.
- Call us promptly at 817-556-8895. Leave a voicemail or tell the operator your name, address, phone number and what is caught in the trap. Contact Animal Care and Control as soon as an animal is observed in the trap.
Use cheap, smelly, canned food. The worse it smells to us, the better it smells to animals. Be sure to slide the bait into the trap so that it will not interfere with the operation of the foot pedal. This usually means setting the bait behind the pedal.
Some suggested baits for wild animals include:
- Squirrels: Peanut butter on bread, nuts, field corn, popcorn or crackers
- Skunks: Peanut butter on bread, peanuts, an egg, or piece of raw chicken
- Foxes and coyotes: Raw, spoiled meat or chicken, smelly canned dog food
- Armadillos: Raw potato or carrot, other root vegetable. It is also possible to “guide” an armadillo into the trap by creating a funnel with boards. The armadillo will wander into the area and, because they do not back up or turn around, be guided into the trap. Some people have even captured armadillos with this method without using any bait.
- Set the trap on a fairly level spot. Try to keep it out of sight so it doesn’t get stolen.
- In the summer heat, set the trap in a shady spot so captured animals won’t get overheated.
- Make sure the trap is not set where the animal will be exposed to fire ants.
- Please don’t put it under a building.
- Try to leave it in the same place for each pickup, so the officer may find it quickly.