We know that reporting wildlife issues in Los Angeles can be frustrating and problematic. CLAW is not licensed to attempt the rescue or rehabilitation of wildlife, but we hope you can 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 coexisting 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.
Wildfires and Animals
Wildfires are a year-round risk in Los Angeles. Some fires can lead to tragic losses of lives and homes, and all wildfires affect habitat for our local wildlife.
Different animals have different survival techniques when facing a fire. Some dig a hole and let the fire pass over them, while others flee. Unfortunately, many animals will not survive. As habitat in California continues to shrink and fragment, the animals that are able to escape fires become displaced, and may be more likely to appear in our neighborhoods.
The following tips are important to follow under any conditions, but are especially vital during and after a wildfire:
- Keep pets indoors, in order to reduce potential wildlife conflicts.
- Drive carefully, as animals may be more likely to be on the streets.
- Do not leave water out for wildlife. Though this sounds like a kind gesture, animals are able to find water on their own instinctively, and leaving water out in your yard may habituate them to your home.
- Keep animals wild. Never feed or provide shelter to wildlife.
- With vegetation burned, animals may become more visible. Keep in mind that if you see an animal, it may be because it has become more difficult to hide or camouflage, and not because the animal is injured or threatening.
- If you find an animal that has been burned, contact one of the rehabilitators listed below.
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 may observe you for a moment, then disappear.
For their own good, bold coyotes should not be tolerated. Instead, give them the clear message through hazing to not get too 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.
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 on your street or visiting your yard. Coyotes may be more protective of dens and territories during pup rearing season (April - August). 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 (umbrellas, flashing lights, whistles, air horns, bells, “shaker” cans full of marbles or pennies, pots, lids or pie pans) 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.
- Other hazing tools include: Sticks, small rocks, tennis balls, rubber balls, water hoses, water guns with vinegar water, spray bottles with vinegar water, pepper spray or bear repellent.
- Never corner a coyote.
Spread the word to safely coexist! If your neighborhood has a prevalence of coyote sightings, you can download our "Be Coyote Aware" flyer for your neighbors here.
Los Angeles Vicinity Rescue and Rehabilitation Organizations
Animals that appear to be abandoned or injured are often behaving in a way that is actually normal for their species, and handling them can do more harm than leaving them where they are. Generally, animals that seem stationary will go on their own by nightfall if given space and time.
Please contact one of these organizations before you approach a wild animal of any kind. Wild animals do not always understand that you are trying to help them. Keeping a safe distance and staying quiet until professional help arrives will help lower their stress levels.
Rehabilitators for injured and orphaned wildlife
- California Wildlife Center 310-458-9453
- Wildlife Care of Socal 805-581-3911
- Pasadena Humane Society Wildlife Department 626-792-7151
- SMART (Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team) 888-452-7381 LA City 24/7 rescue for trapped, stuck, or entangled animals
- Teranga Ranch 818-305-4377 Rescues animals and transports them to rehabilitation centers if necessary
- Coast & Canyon Wildlife 310-480-1760 Squirrels, opossums, skunks, and small mammals
- Squirrelmender 805-498-8653 Specializes in squirrels
- Ojai Raptor Center 805-649-6884 Birds of prey
- Southbay Wildlife Rehab 310-378-9921 Birds
- International Bird Research & Rescue Center 310-514-2573 Water Birds
- Marine Animal Rescue 800-39-WHALE (800-399-4253) Rescues entangled or beached whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions and sea birds. Will transport to a rehabilitation center if necessary.
Other Helpful Wildlife Resources
Dead Animal Removal Submit a request online with LA City Sanitation, or dial 311
List of statewide rescue centers from California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Encountering Wildlife in Your Neighborhood article from Los Angeles Department of Animal Services Wildlife Division
Nature Neighbor Project from National Park Service