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Safety Tips When Encountering Wildlife

Date: January 12, 2017

During the year, the Health Department fields a number of calls from concerned residents about wildlife sightings including:  red fox, coyote, bobcats and other wildlife.  If you see such wildlife and want to report a sighting, please call the Bergen County Humane Enforcement at:              (201) 621-4111 or visit their website for more information on our animal control services.

As always, safety precautions should be taken when encountering wildlife.

These safety measures may include:

  • avoid and do NOT approach aggressive wildlife
  • keep a safe distance from non-aggressive wildlife
  •  protect your pets by vaccinating them against rabies
  •  never leave small children and small pets outside and unsupervised
  •  report any bites or incidents involving another animal 
  •  stay away from wild animals especially if they appear sluggish or overly aggressive
  •  nocturnal animals that are seen during the day should also be avoided
  •  if you or your pet are bitten or scratched by a wild animal you should immediately clean the wound with soap and clean water and have it treated by a physician or veterinarian, respectively
  • all such incidents should be reported to the Health Department at 201-837-1600 (x1500) or Teaneck Police Department at 201-837-2600

For safety reasons and prohibitive laws regarding the releasing of wild animals, the trapping of such on private property should be left to a licensed professional.  Any sightings of sick or injured animals should be brought to our attention immediately.

For more information on wildlife in New Jersey, please go to the following websites:


For more information about our local rabies vaccination program, please see the following websites for:

Teaneck Animal Clinic and Spa:

Bergen Veterinary Hospital: 


      Rabies information links: