CLAW is not licensed to attempt the rescue or rehabilitation of wildlife. We know that reporting wildlife issues in Los Angeles can be frustrating and problematic. Use this page to find contact information for organizations and resources that help injured birds and wildlife; or to report conditions that endanger wildlife and habitats.
Wildlife issues that are at the forefront of citizens co-existing with wildlife can also be found here. Wildlife and habitat health are at the core of our mission and we continue to update this page as we uncover valuable resources and educational material.
Coexisting with Coyotes
Keeping coyotes wild and wary is the key to successful coexistence. Coyotes are common throughout North America and thrive near urban areas. You may see and hear them more during mating season (Dec-Feb) and when juveniles are dispersing from family groups (Sept-Nov). Most coyotes are reclusive and although habituated to urban life and may observe you for a moment then leave.
However, bold coyotes should not be tolerated but instead be given the clear message (through hazing) to not be comfortable near people and in urban spaces. These safety tips will help increase your comfort and decrease conflicts when living or recreating near North America’s native “Song Dog.”
DON’T FEED COYOTES. Their life and your safety depend on coyotes remaining wild and naturally wary of people.
Appreciate coyotes from a distance. DO NOT approach a coyote. They are wild animals and will defend themselves if threatened.
Do not feed pets outdoors or, if you do, monitor and remove the food immediately. Do not leave small dogs or cats outdoors unattended.
Do not let refuse attract a coyote; pick up trash and litter. Keep garbage cans tightly closed.
- Reduce brush under trees and trim hedges, clear places that might invite coyotes to take cover or den.
- Quickly harvest ripe or fallen fruit. Rodents or small mammals that eat the fruit ultimately attract larger predators such as coyotes.
Do not leave water accessible to wildlife.
Spread the word to safely coexist; if your neighborhood has a prevalence of coyote sightings, download our "Be Coyote Aware" flyer for your neighbors here.
Use hazing or behavior modification tools and techniques if a coyote approaches you in a park or in a neighborhood, or if you see a coyote who is comfortable walking your street or visiting yards. Coyotes may be more protective of dens/territories during pup rearing (April-Aug). Read our list below on hazing tips and items:
If a coyote approaches you, don’t run. Wave your arms, make noise and walk toward the coyote until he retreats.
- If you live in an area with regular coyote sightings, always carry hazing tools when you go out or walk your dog.
- Always walk dogs on a leash not exceeding 6 feet (LA City Muni Code Sec 53.06.2). Walk in pairs or groups. Pick up your small dog if you see a coyote.
Noisemaking tools: Voice, whistles, air horns, bells, “shaker” cans full of marbles or pennies, pots, lids or pie pans banged together.
Visual hazing tools: Pop open umbrellas, flashing lights.
Projectiles: Sticks, small rocks, cans, tennis balls or rubber balls.
Other: Water hoses, water guns with vinegar water, spray bottles with vinegar water, pepper spray or bear repellent.
Los Angeles Vicinity Rescue Centers
- Malibu, California Wildlife Center 818-222-2658 (Injured and orphaned wild animals/advice)
- Malibu, Coast & Canyon Wildlife 310-480-1760 (squirrels, opossums, skunks and small mammals)
- Topanga, Wildworks 310-455-0550
- Squirrel mender 805-498-8653 (Injured and orphaned juvenile rodents)
- Pasadena, Humane Society Wildlife Department 626-792-7151 (Orphaned wild animals/advice)
- Teranga Ranch 818-305-4377 (Snake removal and reptile rescue)
- Ojai, Raptor Center 805-649-6884 (Injured and orphaned birds of prey)
- Southbay Wildlife Rehab 310-378-9921 (Injured and orphaned birds)
- Wildlife Care of Socal 805-581-3911 (Injured and orphaned wild animals)
- International Bird Research & Rescue Center 310-514-2573 (Injured and orphaned Water Birds)
- The Critter Squad 818-654-9433 (Sometimes take exotic pet surrenders and wild animals that cannot be rereleased)
- Fixnation 818-524-2287 (Spay/neuter feral cats)
- Palos Verdes, South Bay Wildlife Rehab 310-378-9921
- Sylmar, Wildlife Waystation (818) 899-5201
- Marine Animal Rescue 800-39-WHALE (800-399-4253)
Other Helpful Wildlife Resources
Wildlife rehabilitation beyond Los Angeles: Wildlife Rehabilitation Info Directory
Los Angeles Department of Animal Services Wildlife Division Article: Encountering Wildlife in Your Neighborhood
SMART (Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team) - Domestic or wild animal in distress? Trapped? Stuck? Entangled? 24/7 Rescue 1-888-452-7381
National Park Service's: Nature Neighbor Project
California Department of Fish & Wildlife list of statewide rescue centers