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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 UC Integrated Pest Management website for guidance.

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

We do not deal with domestic animals such as livestock, wild dogs or feral cats. Call your local animal control office.

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

We do not manage marine mammalsNOAA 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