Ventura County is blessed with an abundance wildlife. More than 300 bird species either live in or travel through the County. Snakes are in every city and neighborhood. Native predators include mountain lions, bobcats, foxes and coyotes roam our hills along with skunks, opossums, and raccoons. Some of these visitors are frequent guests in our neighborhoods.
Ventura County Animal Services responds to calls of injured or at-risk wildlife. Our department is prohibited by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife from relocating healthy wildlife. All wild animals who are caught in a trap must be released on site. It is crucial that incidents of domestic dog, cat or livestock encounters with wild animals (particularly bats, skunks, raccoons and coyotes) be reported immediately to VCAS and your veterinarian as these animals can harbor the deadly rabies virus.
The most important advice regarding wildlife is coexistence. Remember that we are the intruders into their habitat, but it is they who are struggling to exist in our urban environment. Trapping and relocating does not solve the problem of wildlife inhabiting your yard or neighborhood. Removing one animal from your property creates a void inviting others to move in.