Trap Services and Wildlife Removal
|Important: Please note that as of June 22, 2023, trapping has been suspended until further notice because of the heat index.|
All citizens trapping nuisance wildlife, including feral cats, must have a trap agreement in place. The agreement should be filled out and returned to Cleburne Animal Services before trapping begins. Trapping agreements can be returned via email to [email protected]
City of Cleburne Animal Services is not currently loaning traps. Citizens who are having an issue where wildlife is causing a nuisance may purchase a trap at stores such as Tractor Supply, Home Depot, Lowe's, or your local pet retailer. Animal Services will remove trapped animals from personal traps. Rules and guidelines below will apply.
Trapping is NOT permitted for wildlife that is behaving normally. Seeing wildlife is not considered a nuisance. Wildlife that has burrowed into homes, foundations, crawl spaces, attics, under sheds, etc. are nuisances. Simply seeing wildlife or smelling skunks is not a reason to trap.
- 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 evening (after 6pm) through Saturday morning. Traps must be disabled Saturday (by 2pm) through Monday (before 6pm) and should not be set on any holiday as there are no Animal Control Officers on duty to service the traps. Responsibility for the trap is solely yours. Please make sure to monitor the trap daily.
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
Where to Set the Trap
- 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.
Renting a Trap
(Please note that the City of Cleburne is currently not renting out traps at this time.)
- You must rent a trap in person at Cleburne Animal Services, 2375 Service Dr., Cleburne, TX
- There is not charge to rent a trap but you will be asked to leave a credit card or check on file for the duration of the trap loan.
- You will be charged $80 if the trap is not returned or is not usable when returned.
- All rules above will apply.
- Traps are available on a first come, first served basis and only if not in use by Animal Services.
Servicing traps is a courtesy provided by Cleburne Animal Services when staff and/or equipment is available. There are times when Animal Services or personal trapping may not be able to fulfill the needs of the citizen. There are many private trapping companies available to serve your needs. These listings are for informational purposes only. Cleburne Animal Services does not endorse any one particular company.
Rabies in Texas is an ongoing state health emergency. Therefore, according to the Rabies Control and Eradication Administrative Code*, it is illegal for a person to transport certain animals that are high risk for transmitting rabies, including any live species of fox, skunk, coyote, or raccoon indigenous or naturalized to North America. A violation of this law is a Class C misdemeanor. The following individuals are exempt from this restriction and can transport animals included in the statewide rabies quarantine only when such transport is part of their official duty:
If an exempt individual transports such animals for release, the animals must be released within a ten-mile radius or within ten miles of the city limits of where they were originally captured and the release must be within the county in which they were originally captured.
For additional information on the statewide rabies quarantine, contact your local Zoonosis Control office.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Code - Chapter 63, Subchapter B63.101 - Protection of Bats
(a) Except as provided by Subsections (b) and (c), no person may: (1) hunt a bat; or (2) sell, offer for sale, purchase, offer to purchase, or possess after purchase a bat or any part of a bat, dead or alive. (b) A bat may be removed or hunted if the bat is inside or on a building occupied by people. (c) This section does not apply to: (1) an animal control officer, a peace officer, or a health official who captures a bat that the officer or official considers injured or diseased; (2) a person who transports a bat for the purpose of laboratory testing if the bat has exposed or potentially exposed humans or domestic animals to rabies; or (3) a person who is licensed to provide pest control services.
For more information, view the detailed Texas bat law here.