City Urges Residents to Keep a Safe Distance from Wildlife
Be Aware of Health Risks Associated with Wild Animals
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX- Corpus Christi Animal Care Services (CCACS) has observed a recent increase in raccoon sightings in local parks. Raccoons are notorious carriers of infectious diseases such as rabies and distemper, which not only put residents at risk but also pose a threat to their pets.
CCACS reminds residents that feeding wildlife poses a health and safety risk and violates our Chapter 6 Ordinances. This violation is a class C misdemeanor with a possible fine of up to $500.
Feeding wildlife can have adverse effects on the animal, including:
- Altering their natural behaviors and leading to a dependency on humans for food
- Causing them to become aggressive and pose a danger to humans
- Leading to the spread of disease to domestic pets and humans
It is important to take precautions after an encounter with wildlife. If a feral animal has bitten you:
- Immediately wash the wound with soap and water
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Identify and describe the animal that bit you to medical personnel
The City would also like to remind hospitals, clinics, providers, and emergency care facilities to notify Corpus Christi Animal Care Services (CCACS) of animal bites or scratches capable of transmitting rabies (per Texas Health & Safety Code 826.041). CCACS will conduct an animal bite investigation for disease exposure and risk assessments.
To report an animal bite, please contact the Customer Call Center at 311.
If an animal is an immediate threat to public safety, please call 911.
For more information, media representatives can contact Public Information Officer Brianna Sandoval at 361-826-1655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.