I DO IF I SEE A WILD ANIMAL ON MY PROPERTY?:
If you see an injured or sick wild animal, contact your local animal control agency immediately. Do not approach or handle the animal.
HOW CAN I PREVENT WILD ANIMALS FROM FORAGING FOR FOOD IN MY YARD?:
Skunks, raccoons and opossums are nocturnal or nighttime active animals
and are often attracted to residential areas by the availability of food,
water and shelter. Removing or eliminating the availability of these elements
will often encourage these wild animals to leave.
- Remove unused pet food and water bowls at night.
- Keep tight fitting lids on garbage cans or store garbage inside a
secure area. Do not store trash in trash bags.
- Gardens should be harvested frequently and windfall fruit picked up.
- Keep pet access doors locked.
- Seal up entry holes in and under buildings, eaves, air ducts and decks.
Slotted metal vent covers are preferable to screen wire in keeping wild animals from entering houses through foundation vents. Backyard
decks have proven to be extremely attractive shelters for wild animals. They
may be excluded by using 1/4" grid screening or solid metal flashing.
Trench around the perimeter of the deck a minimum of 12 inches deep,
insert screening in trench and backfill. Attach top of screening to
facade of deck with nails or fence post staples. This technique may
also be used along fence lines to prevent wild animals from entering yards
or gardens. Before completing final seal on the last entry point on
a building or deck, it is wise to make sure no animals are trapped inside.
Sprinkle flour around the entrance holes and check for tracks the following
morning. If no tracks are evident for 3 consecutive nights, no animals
are likely present.
- Wild animals causing lawn and turf damage may be encouraged to leave by
controlling grub worms and other subsoil insects. Chemicals to control
these insects may be obtained at hardware or garden supply stores. Remember
the safety of your pets when dealing with chemicals.
- Wild animals may be kept away from roof areas by trimming
tree branches 10 feet from roof and by keeping climbing plants trimmed
away from roof area and eaves.
- Food and water should never be intentionally left out for wild animals.
- The California Department of Fish and Game prohibits the Los Angeles
County Department of Animal Care and Control from relocating any wild