Katie Magazine News
September 14, 2022
Written by Natalie Cook Clark
The Katy residents share their neighborhoods with many wild creatures. This week a crocodile was caught cruising at Cinco Ranch. The visitor was a good reminder of how we lived among these wildlife. As Katy continues to grow, more residents will come face to face with the native animals.
Image source: Constable Chad Norville
11 Foot Crocodile Visits Cinco Ranch
An 11-foot crocodile walking along the Peek Road at Cinco Ranch made headlines this week. This alligator has been transported safely, but it’s a reminder of how often Katy’s residents encounter local wildlife.
“Crocodiles are very common,” says Chad Norville. “As we said before, they are citizens of the area and should be left alone.”
Authorities believe the crocodile came from Buffalo Bayou and residents say they have seen it there for more than 20 years. The visit was not a surprise. The inhabitants of Kati live among the wildlife. As construction continues to expand, Katie’s encounters with local wildlife will continue.
Video courtesy of Police Constable Chad Norville
What do you do if you see a crocodile
A local wildlife encounter can be exciting and disconcerting, and authorities stress the importance of leaving it alone.
“Feeding them is illegal,” Constable Norville says. “Crocodiles don’t see humans as a good resource until someone starts feeding them. In general, leave them alone and they will leave you alone.”
There is no record of an alligator attack in Fort Bend County, but alligators are nearby.
“Most Texans in ‘crocodile country’ will live in close proximity to these native reptiles without encounters,” according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Residents should be careful when walking dogs near streams and lakes as they can be seen as praying.
TPWD says if the alligator isn’t bothering people or posing an obvious threat, wait a few days if possible — even for a week — before calling them. In the spring and summer, the crocodile moves in to breed and find a new habitat.
If the alligator is a nuisance, such as being seen as approaching people or an obvious threat, TPWD advises calling a Law Enforcement Call Center at (713) 779-8977.
Coyotes, bobcats responsible for pet deaths
Other wild animals have been linked to the death of young pets. Recently a pack of wolves A beloved French Bulldog was killed by the Katie family After they took it from their yard. This is not the first time that wolves have been responsible for killing small pets. Domestic bobcats are also known to be killed.
A wolf was recently captured on camera in Pecan Grove. See how easily you can get past the fences.
Video courtesy of Elise Renee.
“They have nowhere to go,” says Debbie Conway, whose dog was killed by a wolf. “They don’t have a home. I think they live in that dirt pit trying to make the most of things.”
When the weather starts to get cold, more people will be outside which increases the chances of encountering snakes.
The greater Houston area contains 34 different species of snakes. Of this number, about four of them are poisonous and considered aggressive. However, any animal bite can lead to infection and serious injury even without the poison. If you see a snake, leave it alone unless it appears to be an immediate threat. In this case, contact animal control.
“The best way to ward off unwanted animals is to control what they eat,” Chris Williams says. Wildlife removal in urban jungle. To avoid snakes, spray with insects to ward off lizards, and to control mice and rodents. Everyone has it, but if you control where the food comes from, you’ll avoid those kinds of predators.”
Katy is home to many venomous and non-venomous snakes that residents should be aware of. Get to know your own katie snakes.
Large wildlife such as deer and boars pose a different threat from snakes and crocodiles. Large animals are a problem on the roads. Dead wildlife can often be found on the Grand Parkway and other major roads. Residents need to be careful when driving.
The best practice when encountering local wildlife, especially if it is stressed out by inclement weather, is to leave it alone. It is also important to educate children and teach them how to stay safe about wildlife.
Always supervise children when they are playing outside.
Do not let children play in flooded rainwater. This water is dirty and dangers such as snakes, crocodiles and insects can hide in it.
Teach children about dangerous wildlife and always tell them to notify an adult when they spot a potentially harmful creature.
Do not touch a wild animal.
Image source: Constable Chad Norville.
As far as the crocodile visit this week, it was He was captured safely and taken to Gator Country near Beaumont.
In most cases, wildlife is more afraid of us than us. Be careful and if you need help, contact your local animal control or a professional.
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