Animal Services Trap Program is focused on prevention of rabies carrier animals coming in contact with companion animals and humans.
Live traps are a humane tool to capture and relocate wild or domestic animals. However, setting a live trap means accepting responsibility for the animal’s well being until the animal has been relocated by an Abilene Animal Services officer.
- Research information about the animal you intend to catch.
- Be sure you will be available to check the trap several times daily.
- Keep in mind the Animal Shelter’s trapping hours of operations are 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. A trap will not be serviced after 4:30 PM and will not be picked up Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays.
Abilene Animal services makes High Risk Rabies carrier traps available for citizens, or individuals may purchase traps from private dealers. To obtain a trap from the center, call the shelter to be put onto the trap waiting list.
The trap will only work if you can get the animal to go into it:
- Scatter small samples of bait around the trap.
- Make a food trail that leads to the main course inside the trap.
- Use suitable bait and a good location to further entice the animal.
Use species-specific bait:
- Place the bait in safe containers. Be careful of sharp edges on canned food.
- Keep the bait fresh. Be sure ants and other insects do not consume the bait.
- Place water in the trap along with the food to keep the animal hydrated.
Cat food, fish, catnip, sardines
Dog food, rawhide bones, pork rinds, butcher bones
Apples, carrots, pea pods, lettuce, greens
Corn on the cob, cream corn, sardines, mackerel, over ripe cantaloupe, sweet apples, cat food
Apples, cantaloupe, sardines, cat food
Chicken entrails, fish (canned or fresh), cat food, cantaloupe, sweet apples
Earthworms, insects, grubs
Nuts, sunflower seeds, a mixture of peanut butter and oatmeal with nuts, pecans in shell
Bird seed, nuts, sweet apples
When you have successfully trapped a high risk animal, report it to the shelter immediately. High Risk Rabies Carriers– Raccoon, Skunk, Fox, and Coyote. All other nuisance animals—cats, opossums, squirrels can be brought to the Animal Shelter during normal operating hours during the week; we do not service traps on weekends.
Any time you trap a wild or domestic animal, you risk the possibility of injury, stress, or death to that animal. Depending on your particular situation, live trapping may not be your best solution. Consider first these suggestions to protect your home from nuisance animals:
- Place your trash in covered receptacles, and wait until the morning of trash pickup to set it out.
- Do not feed wild or stray animals.
- Screen chimneys and vents to prevent attic nesting.
- Spray fox urine or place ammonia soaked rags near problem areas to deter Armadillos, Opossums, Raccoons, and Skunks.
Also be aware that you will be legally responsible for the animal's health while it is in your care.
Contact 325-698-0085 and ask to be placed on the trap list.