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Wildlife

Environmental changes and continued urban growth in Santa Clara County have resulted in an increase in interaction between residents and wildlife. While fascinating in their natural environment, urbanized wildlife have modified their behavior becoming less fearful of humans and in some cases aggressive or defensive. This behavior change increases the chances of interaction with humans and pets, raising the potential for property damage and health threats.


If urban wildlife becomes a problem by causing property damages or becoming aggressive, the District may be able to help with the wildlife problem through educational information on prevention recommendations. Keep Me Wild (Coyote) explains why wildlife may be attracted to your property and what you can do to deter them from becoming regular visitors.

The District's purpose is not to compete with or to replace commercial pest control or wildlife management companies. Rather the District provides appropriate assistance and service to property owners that can complement the work done by private sector businesses and/or the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Homeowners requesting assistance will receive a home inspection and consultation. This policy was designed to strike a balance between protecting native wildlife, and the population of humans and domestic animals. Although Vector Control does not normally respond to calls concerning squirrels and pigeons, educational material is available upon request.

PLEASE NOTE
The District ​will NOT conduct a home-visit in any of the following instances:
  • Animals trapped by home/property owners. California Fish and Wildlife codes make it the responsibility of the home/property owner, or their agent to check traps and remove animals daily. If you are in doubt about doing this yourself, you may contact the California Fish and Wildlife or a wildlife trapper.
    • If you should decide to trap animals yourself, please call the California Fish and Wildlife​ for the current information regarding trapping. You may also contact your local animal shelter to receive information on their current policy regarding receipt​ of trapped wildlife.
  • Calls regarding injured or sick wildlife.
  • Domestic animal situation, such as dogs, cats, livestock, etc.
  • Dead animal pick-up requests.
  • Emergency or hazardous situations.
  • After normal working hours of 7:30am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday.


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Last updated: 9/2/2020 2:47 PM