A DRY SUMMER MEANS MORE WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS
Los Angeles, CA – 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 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 is 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
A dry summer means more wildlife forays by both predators and prey
species around our homes, seeking access to water and food. City of Los
Angeles residents should minimize odors and the availability of food
rewards throughout their property. Guidelines to avoid negative
encounters with wildlife include:
* Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended.
* Remove or thin down dense brush that provides cover for wildlife
where an encounter is likely.
* Trim trees 5 feet from the roof eaves or band trees to prevent
* Don’t allow creeping vines or ivy type plants to grow on the wall
of your home up to the roof.
* Put out garbage on the day of pick-up, not the night before. Store
refuse in a sturdy building or place in tightly closed containers that
cannot be tipped over.
* Do not leave pet food out outside when your pet is not there to eat
it, especially at night.
* Pick up fallen fruit from your property daily.
* Remove sources of water when possible, especially in dry climates.
Standing water in birdbaths and fountains should be drained at night.
Pet water dishes should be brought in when your pet is indoors.
* Hang bird feeders out of reach and avoid ground feeding of birds &
squirrels. Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents
and other coyote prey.
* Keep barbeques clean and grease free.
* Cover compost piles that may attract wildlife. Do not put meat, fish
or other pungent vegetable or fruit scraps in compost piles. Add lime to
reduce odors and accelerate decomposition.
* Never feed predatory wildlife. It is against the law under L.A.M.C.
53.06.5 Feeding of Non-domesticated Mammalian Predators (Badgers,
Bobcats, Bears, Coyotes, Mountain lions, Opossums, Raccoons, Skunks,
* Never feed Big Game animals. It is prohibited under CCR §251.3.
Prohibition Against Feeding Big Game Mammals (Deer).
* Install motion-sensitive lighting and sprinklers around the periphery
of your home.
* Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry, etc. Chicken wire
will not protect the animals. Use at least 16 or 18 gauge welded wire.
Bring the animals indoors at night if possible.
* Landscape your yard with deer-resistant plants.
* Repair damaged fencing; enclose gardens with 6-8 foot fencing when
possible (A variance may be needed for fences over six feet.)
* Be sure to seal holes and spaces around your home to prevent entry.
* Consider using commercially prepared deer repellents (available at
garden supply stores.)
* Scare away wildlife such as coyotes away whenever they are observed.
* Never approach wildlife as the consequences of approaching or feeding
wildlife can be serious. You are responsible for your own safety as well
as the safety of wildlife.
* Remember, although most predatory animals come at night, encounters
with coyotes and some other predators can happen at any time.
Wildlife first hand non-emergency sightings and issues can be reported
to Los Angeles Animal Services at (323) 225-WILD (9453). For more tips
about wildlife, please visit:
City of Los Angeles, Department of Animal Services
221 N. Figueroa Street, Suite 500, Los Angeles, California 90012
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