Nuisance Wildlife Procedures

Nuisance Wildlife Procedures


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In the past, Livermore Animal Control has received requests regarding wildlife. Some requests were for animals that were just passing through a yard or had been attracted by food or a source of shelter.

Under most circumstances these problems can be resolved without trapping the animal. In situations involving injured wildlife, please contact Animal Control.

In keeping with current Fish and Game regulations, Animal Control will no longer be picking up animals that have been trapped by the general public (click to learn more about Fish and Wildlife regulations).

holding hawk photoInvestigations of nuisances related to bats, skunks, opossums, raccoons, pigeons, chickens, rodents and fowl are handled by Alameda County Health Department Vector Control Services at (510) 567-6800 or visit their website at:

Once contacted Vector Control Services will make an appointment for service concerning wildlife to determine the extent of the problem and render an appropriate solution.

Trapping will only be done under extreme circumstances. The United States Department of Agriculture Animal Damage Control Representative should be available for most of the situations that trapping is determined to be the only solution.

Raccoons, opossums, skunks and other wildlife are common in residential neighborhoods. It is possible to co-exist with them if we take a few preventative measures.

  1. Remove or cover possible food sources. Garbage cans, pet food etc.
  2. Screen all attic, porch and foundation vents with heavy-duty mesh.
  3. Professionally cap chimneys or cover with heavy gauge hardware cloth.
  4. Close off passages to areas beneath porches and other crawl spaces
  5. Prune or remove tree limbs hanging over the building.
  6. Use pet-doors at you own risk. If conventional ones are used, bolt them tightly at night. Or purchase an electronic pet-door, designed to open for you pet only.
  7. Remove unnecessary outdoor clutter such as old newspaper, junk, woodpiles and old cars.
  8. Do not feed wildlife no matter how cute or tame they may appear.
  9. Wildlife does not like the odor of mothballs or ammonia. Rags soaked in ammonia placed in areas wildlife frequent will help keep them away.
  10. Nocturnal wildlife that have made a home for themselves in you attic or under your house do not like light or noise. A well placed drop light and radio will cause them to leave. After they are gone the openings where should be secured. Click here for more information about Native California Wildlife or Wildlife Hospital Information photo of Rhea