From time to time, wild animals, such as raccoons, skunks, opossums, and bats, come into residential areas. The Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care & Services Department advises citizens not to attempt to capture or trap wild animals, as they may be potential dangerous.
If the animal appears to be sick, injured, or posing an immediate threat to a human being, please contact our Field Services Division at (909) 466-7387. Press Option 1 to reach the Emergency Field Services Dispatcher.
If the animal appears to be healthy, it is advised that you leave the animal alone and allow it to move away from your area when it is ready. Many of these animals naturally occur in our area and will leave the area on their own at their own pace.
The most effective protection against wildlife problems is to discourage their presence in the first place. Feed pets indoors, if possible; or pick up the outdoor dishes and leftovers as soon as possible and bring them indoors. Keep trash cans in the garage or utility room until trash pickup day. Fence your garden. Be mindful of your bird and squirrel feeders, as excess seeds may attract wildlife and rodents.
Homeowners are also encouraged to eliminate places that could become a den for wildlife, such as excess foliage or bushes. Fill in tree cavities, cap chimneys and seal off attics. However, always make sure no animals are inside before closing in these areas.
Please check out our website for other tips on dealing with wildlife - Wildlife Tips