Safety Tips Regarding Wildlife

Safety Tips Regarding Wildlife

During the year, the Health Department fields a number of calls from concerned residents about wildlife sightings including:  red fox, coyote, bears, deer, and other wildlife.  If you see such wildlife and want to report a sighting, please call the Bergen County Animal Control (BCAC) at: (201) 229-4616 or visit their website for more information on our animal control services: BCAC.  You can also contact the Teaneck Police Department at: (201) 837-2600. The NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife can also be contacted at: 908-735-8793.

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
  • 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
  • Never feed wildlife
  • Protect your pets by vaccinating them against rabies
  • Never feed pets/stray cats outdoors
  • Never leave small children and small pets outside and unsupervised
  • Cover garbage cans with tight-fitting lids to prevent such from tipping over
  • Remove compost piles, brush, weeds, or wood piles (this reduces the protective cover for wildlife)
  • Remove sources of water
  • Put away bird feeders at night
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around your property
  • Should non-aggressive/aggressive wildlife approach you, try to make: loud noises, blast an air siren/air horn, or spray wildlife with a garden hose
  • Report any bites or incidents involving another animal 
  • 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 must 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:

Rabies FAQ:

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

Bergen Veterinary Hospital: 

Teaneck Animal Clinic & Spa (existing patients only):

Bergen County Animal Shelter (residents must call for available clinic dates): 201-229-4600


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