AUSTIN (KXAN) – Looks like there are more hedgehogs in Central Texas.
According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, the species appears to be expanding its range eastward. That is range in Texas is generally limited to the western part of the state, including the Panhandle and parts of the Hill Country.
Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists don’t know exactly why it happens, but it could be due to habitat change or the species is adapting to habitats further up outnumber.
People log in when they spot animals on the site iNaturalist. It shows a lot of mammal appearances in Austin and Travis County, mostly west of Interstate 35.
The increase in the number of spiny mammals is something that the Austin Wildlife Trust has also seen.
Jules Maron, operations director for Austin Wildlife Rescue, said: “We could have started bringing in porcupines over the past two years, perhaps ten times more than we had before.
The agency treats injured animals, including a hedgehog this year with a broken ankle. While there may be more animals in Central Texas, people may not spot them as often as they spend most of their time in the trees, where they feed.
Maron added: “They are very docile by nature, when they come into the house they are quite comfortable. “A cuddly cactus is a great way to explain them.”
Austin Wildlife Rescue works to help injured animals recover so they can be released back into the wild. Organ depends on the contribution.
Texas Parks and Wildlife recommends that if a person sees hedgehogs, leave them alone.
Earlier this year, Austin Animal Control had to be included rescue a hedgehog from a tree in downtown Austin.
https://www.kxan.com/news/local/porcupines-or-cuddly-cactuses-popping-up-more-in-central-texas/ Hedgehogs, or ‘cuddle cactus’, are more common in Central Texas