The City of Corpus Christi Urges Residents to Keep Distance from Wildlife

Four Coyote Bites Reported

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The City of Corpus Christi advises visitors and residents to be aware of coyotes near the Michael J. Ellis Beach and Seawall area of North Padre Island.

Since October 23rd, four coyote bites were reported within one mile of the beach access parking lot. Coyotes are considered at high risk for transmitting rabies.

Tips to remember regarding wildlife:

  • Stay a safe distance from wildlife
  • Do not feed or provide water for coyotes or other wildlife
    • Remember not to leave pet food outdoors at night
    • Cover garbage containers to keep animals out
    • Do not touch or pick up dead animals with your bare hands
  • Call 311 to remove any dead animals
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, even if they are someone else’s pets

If an animal bite occurs, you should take the following precautions:

  • 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 reminds hospitals, clinics, providers, and emergency care facilities to notify Corpus Christi Animal Care Services (ACS) of animal bites or scratches capable of transmitting rabies (per Texas Health & Safety Code 826.041). ACS will conduct an animal bite investigation for disease exposure and risk assessments.

To report an animal bite, please call the Customer Call Center at 311.

If an animal is an immediate threat to public safety, please call 911.

For media inquiries, please contact Public Information Officer Brianna Sandoval at 361-826-1655 or