Wildlife

Wildlife Program Information
Wild animals exist not only within the City of Los Angeles, but also in adjacent areas of the County and neighboring cities. Wildlife encompasses several species of animals including coyotes, foxes, opossums, raccoons, snakes, and predatory birds. As housing further encroaches into the hills, the interaction between wildlife and residents grows more frequent.The Los Angeles Department of Animal Services has a Wildlife Division to aid residents in rectifying problems and some of the uneasiness that many people may face with wildlife. This program allows for a Department representative to provide on-site evaluations, education on methods of exclusion, deterrents and discouragement of wildlife forays into our city neighborhoods. It is not the intention of the Department of Animal Services to remove wildlife from residential areas. Rather, the ultimate goal of the Department to educate the public and foster a relationship between wildlife and the community, in which the two can live together and coexist in peace. This is a multi-tiered program designed to help neighborhoods better deal with wildlife issues, and further lessen contact with these animals by investigating changes in both human and wildlife behavior.
Department Function & Policy

The Genesis of the Department’s Original Wildlife Program

Prior to 1994, the Department of Animal Services responded to complaints about coyotes and other animals by routinely trapping them. In many cases, trapping led to euthanasia. The focus at that time was simply to remove animals. Trapping wildlife is
reactive approach, essentially only a band-aid on the problem. The nuisance animal might not be the one captured, or may not have been the only culprit, and the hence the trapping does not prevent the perceived nuisances or problems from repeating. The removal of coyotes and other wildlife animals temporarily resolved problems, but failed to address the real issues. Due to changes in thinking within and outside the Department, studies in behavior, and new laws pertaining to trapping, the practice of trapping by the Department was stopped.

Change in Thinking

In spite of the destruction of large numbers of wild animals throughout the United States, the problem remains today, and in many instances has worsened dramatically. After speaking with many experts, we discovered some of the reasons why. The source of the problem is not the presence of wildlife, but the environment that humans provide for them just by the simple manner in how we are the provider of food, water, and cover for them. Many people are encouraging wild animals to live near their homes inadvertently or by design by maintaining companion animal food outdoors at all times even when companion animals were inside, not picking up fallen fruit from trees which attracts most mammals and rodents, having wood piles and dense vegetation which harbor hiding places for wildlife, feeding wildlife causing the animals to return and become habituated to the location, or having neighbors feeding feral cat colonies or wildlife. Residents who experienced companion animal loss in many cases were fully aware of the presence of dangerous predators, yet still left their small companion animals outdoors in poorly enclosed yards. Unfortunately, urban sprawl is something that remains a constant. If we are going to push further and further into the habitat of wild animals, we need to be responsible for our behavior. Change in wildlife behavior through negative interactions with humans by using deterrents is one way to alter the types of encounters we have with them. In many cases, this will teach further generations to avoid habitats where deterrent measures have been implemented. The opposite is also true as well; if we do nothing and allow things to remain unchecked, then the wildlife behavior remains the same.

Wildlife Rescue Organizations and Information
If you see any wild animal hurt or in trouble, please immediately contact Los Angeles Animal Services or one of the State approved wildlife rescue groups. Do not try to intervene without the help of experts.
Wildlife Rehab List

What to do about Ducks in the Swimming Pool
Valley Wildlife Care http://www.valleywildlifecare.org/
California Wildlife Center http://www.californiawildlifecenter.org/cwc_concept_site/cwctHome.html
Whale Rescue Team http://whalerescueteam.org/index.html
IBRRC – International Bird Rescue Research Center http://www.ibrrc.org/so_cal_center.html
California Wildlife Center http://www.californiawildlifecenter.org
Wild Wings of California http://www.wildwings.org
Camarillo Wildlife Rehabilitation http://www.camarillowildliferehabilitation.org
Wildlife Care of Ventura County http://www.wildlifecareofventura.org
Shadow Oaks Wildlife Care http://www.shadowoakswildlife.com
The Lucky Duck Rescue & Sanctuary http://luckyduckrescue.org/ 2010 Wildlife Rehabber List for Los Angeles

Below is a list of rehabbers that are licensed by Fish & Game to Rehab or transport wildlife.

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/rehab/facilities.html

Current Department of Fish & Game Permitted Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities

County City Name Phone Specializations
Orange Bellflower Opossum Society of the US 562-804-3038 opossums only
Ventura Camarillo Camarillo Wildlife Rescue 805-482-7617 All
San Diego Chula Vista Hummingbird Rescue Center 619-420-5156 Hummingbirds only
Orange Fountain Valley Songbird Care and Education Center 714-964-0666 songbirds
Orange Huntington Wetlands & Wildlife 714-374-5587 All
Orange Laguna Niguel Pacific Wildlife Project 949-831-1178 or
949-440-6247
Orange Lake Forest Orange County Bird of Prey Center 949-837-0786
San Diego Lakeside Sky Hunters (Raptors only) 619-445-6565 raptors
Los Angeles Littlerock David Stives 661-944-3458
Los Angeles Long Beach All Wildlife Rescue & Education 562-434-0141 All
Los Angeles Los Angeles Animal Advocates 323-651-1336
Los Angeles Malibu California Wildlife Center 818-222-2658 All
Orange County Mission Viejo Critter Care of Orange County 949-380-8719
Ventura Oakview Ojai Valley Wildlife Rehab 805-649-1208
Ventura Oakview Ojai Raptor Center 805-667-4727
Ventura Ojai Wildlife Rescue of Ojai 805-649-5442
Orange Orange Susan Doggett (birds only) 714-637-8355 raptors, corvids
Orange Orange Andrea Ristig 714-998-2780 raccoons only
Los Angeles Palos Verdes South Bay Wildlife Rehab 310-378-9921
Los Angeles Pasadena Pasadena Humane Society 626-792-7151
San Diego Poway Bat Rescue 858-679-0211 Bats only
San Diego Ramona Fund For Animals 760-789-2324 bobcats, coyotes, skunks, raptors
San Diego San Diego Project Wildlife 619-225-9202 All
San Diego San Diego Wildlife Assist (transportation) 619-522-9999
Los Angeles San Dimas Trudy & Jim Vrieling 909-599-4893 raccoons, furbearers
Los Angeles San Dimas Wild Wings of California 909-592-4900 songbirds & raptors only
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara La Cumbre Canyon Wildlife Care 805-687-9980 raccoons, opossums, skunks
Los Angeles Malibu Coast & Canyon Wildlife 310-480-1760 squirrels, opossums, skunks and small mammals
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network 805-966-9005
Los Angeles San Pedro International Bird Rescue & Research Center 310-514-2573
Ventura County Simi Valley Wildlife Care of Ventura County 805-581-3911 coyote, bobcats, raccoons, opossums
Los Angeles Sunland Wildlife on Wheels 818-951-3656
Ventura Thousand Oaks Sharron Baird 805-498-8653 squirrels & small mammals
Los Angeles Topanga Wildworks 310-455-0550
Ventura Ventura Vicki Youmans 805-746-3962 Squirrels
Los Angeles Woodland Hills Valley Wildlife Shelter 818-346-8247
Los Angeles Thousand Oaks Cathy Case 805-374-9027
Santa Barbara Santa Ynez Animal Rescue Team 805-896-1859

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