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Services CDFW Does NOT Provide

We do not remove small backyard wildlife such as opossums under houses, squirrels in attics, raccoons in the walls or rattlesnakes in your garage, etc. You may contact a pest management company for assistance, or visit link opens in new windowUC Integrated Pest Management website for guidance.

We do not remove predators or destructive wildlife for you, but will issue a depredation permit. If warranted, the depredation permit allows you to kill a specific animal or hire someone to do so. Information on depredation permits

Domestic animals such as livestock, wild dogs or feral cats are under the jurisdiction of local government. Call the animal control office in your county for information and assistance.

We do not handle insect and arachnid problems. You may contact a pest management company for assistance, or visit the link opens in new windowUC Integrated Pest Management website for guidance.

Marine mammals are protected by both state and federal law; however, CDFW does not have the authority to manage marine mammal populations.

link opens in new windowNOAA Fisheries is the lead government agency for all issues regarding marine mammals. CDFW supports NOAA incident response as needed, and we collaborate with their scientists in sea otter research. To report a dead, injured or stranded marine mammal, call NOAA Fisheries at 1-866-767-6114.


If humans are in immediate physical danger from an aggressive animal, CALL 9-1-1.

Report dangerous wildlife Report sick, injured or orphaned wildlife Learn about rodenticide dangers Report poachers or polluters 888-334-2258 Report dead wildlife