Living with Wildlife

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Most wildlife hunts and gathers food at night and seeks food, water and shelter from residential properties. Outdoor pet food bowls, open trash cans, and small pets left out at night are a common target for predators and can increase the number of wild animals in the neighborhood.

Responsible neighbors never feed wild animals or allow pets to roam unsupervised. However, there are times when ill, injured or aggressive wild animals become a threat to public health and safety. This includes hunting pets during the daytime or approaching people without fear.  Learn more below.
If any wildlife is posing an imminent threat, call 9-1-1.
To report other information on wildlife, contact Code Enforcement at (626) 852-4825


Ants    Bats    Bear    Bobcats
Mountain Lions
Red Imported Fire Ants are insects with an aggressive nature and painful sting.     Most of the recent human rabies cases in the U.S. have been caused by rabies virus from bats.    Bears are attracted to any type of food left outdoors, especially at night and in some cases, bird feeders.
  Bobcat or Mountain Lion sightings can be rare, but they do exist in foothill communities.  
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Coyotes   Deer    Opossum    Raccoons
Techniques to help avoid conflicts include securing trash and keeping pets close while outdoors.   Deer are powerful animals and can pose a danger, either with their hooves and antlers or by attracting predators.   Opossum have both urban and suburban habitats, sometime getting into basements, attics, sheds or garages.   One of the most common species of wildlife found, they are often found rummaging through garbage and food left outdoors.
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  More Resources  

California Department of Fish and Game: Living with Wildlife

University of California Pest Management Program

If you hike much, you may encounter a rattlesnake. Avoid any snakes you encounter, and do not attempt to kill them.
Skunks are a rabies vector, and should be avoided. They are often attracted to garbage and food left outdoors.  
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