Dedicated to preserving and enhancing San Francisco's rich biodiversity and increasing public appreciation of our native wildlife

Have a wildlife problem?
This page is designed to help you resolve wildlife problem behavior effectively, inexpensively, and humanely. If wildlife do something to bother us, we can address the problem behavior and still reap the benefits wildlife provide us as part of a healthy ecosystem. Did you know that opossums, raccoons, and skunks eat rodents, snails, and grubs? Understanding why a problem is occurring is the first step to resolving it. We hope that this information is helpful.
Attractants are the cause of most wildlife problems. Removing or protecting the attractant resolves these problems.

What is an attractant?
Attractants are usually food related, but may be a hole in a structure that provides an attractive place for an animal to sleep or keep their young safe when they are small and vulnerable.

The common but old - fashioned idea that removing a few animals will resolve an attractant issue is a myth. If something is attractive to one animal, it will be attractive to other animals. It simply isn't possible to remove all of the animals whose 2-5 mile territory traverses your property at some point, nor desirable, as they provide us with free rodent control. Also you may be paying to kill animals who have dependent young that would be left to die. Trapping is indiscriminate and expensive. Animals that have done nothing to bother you may be trapped and killed at your expense. Relocation wildlife is not legal in California, so trappers will kill animals they remove from your property.

Here is a list of some common problems associated with attractants and suggestions to resolve these problems.
If you need further help, call our wildlife hotline (415) 350-WILD or email
A wildlife damage control specialist will help you. Our hotline is funded with donations from people who prefer a humane solution to their problems. Please help us keep this service available to all!

Trapping laws
California Fish and Game Code (CCR 679) states that trapped wildlife may not be relocated. Trapped wildlife must be immediately killed or released in the immediate area - defined in CDFG policy as the property on which the animal was trapped. (not your neighbor's property or a nearby park. This would not be effective anyway, as it is still within the animal's natural territory. And, you probably wouldn't like to live next to the local park if everyone was dropping off wildlife there, would you?