Rodent population increasing after rains, attracting predators

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 3:53pm

CENTRAL TEXAS -- Summer is here but after a rainy spring season we may be left with more than we bargained for.

Wildlife officials tell us the spring showers have increased the rodent population that was lacking after the 2011 drought. And if a rise in rodents isn't bad enough, they're attracting predators like coyotes and bobcats along with them.

So here's what you should do to keep your property and pets safe.

"Keep an eye close to your property in the late evenings and try to keep everything tight and close during the night. Don't let your pets roam at night if you have little fences. If you have a high fence or six-foot privacy fence you should be pretty okay," said Kyle Melton, natural resource specialist.

Also keep any type of food indoors and not on your back porch or yard.

Melton says these predators are usually seen in the outskirts of town and typically won't cause any problems unless they feel threatened.


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