Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Media Contact: Ashley Rodriguez, (213) 482-9551 or ashley.rodriguez@lacity.org

LA Animal Services to Host Educational Wildlife Workshops

Los Angeles, January 25, 2018 – LA Animal Services will begin hosting wildlife workshops for the community starting this January through June at the City Animal Shelters throughout Los Angeles. Wildlife staff specialists will share educational information with residents on how to handle wild animal situations they may encounter in their neighborhood and help address concerns.

Native wildlife live throughout the Los Angeles area and can usually be seen year round. Normally, native wildlife pose no threat to humans and keep their distance. However, if they have access to food, water and cover, these animals may continue to return to certain areas and begin to lose their fear of humans— which can potentially lead to them becoming too comfortable.

The LA Animal Services Wildlife Division works to aid City residents in rectifying human-wildlife conflicts and some of the uneasiness they may face with these animals in their community. The program provides on-site evaluations, education on methods of exclusion, deterrents and discouragement of wildlife forays into urban neighborhoods. Native wildlife is common and an important, integral part of the ecosystem and circle of life. Mindful consideration of precautions and basic knowledge of wild animal behavior can create a manageable co-habitation between the community and local wildlife.

Residents will learn all of this and more at the presentations. The workshops will be held at the shelters on the following dates:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
West Valley Shelter
20655 Plummer St., Chatsworth, CA 91311

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Harbor Shelter
957 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
East Valley Shelter
14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, CA 91405

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
West LA Shelter
11361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
South LA, Chesterfield Square Shelter
1850 W. 60th St., Los Angeles, CA 90047

Tuesday April 17, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
West Valley Shelter
20655 Plummer St., Chatsworth, CA 91311

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Harbor Shelter
957 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731

Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
East Valley Shelter
14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, CA 91405

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
West LA Shelter
11361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
South LA, Chesterfield Square Shelter
1850 W. 60th St., Los Angeles, CA 90047

To report an injured or distressed wild animal, contact LA Animal Services at 888-452-7381. For more information on living responsibly with native wildlife, please visit LAAnimalServices.com/wildlife.

Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the United States with six shelters serving approximately 60,000 animals annually and responding to 20,000 emergency calls involving an animal or person in danger. LA Animal Services promotes and protects the health, safety and welfare of animals and people.

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