Here is some useful info from our supervisor’s office.

DATE: December 10, 2009

RESIDENTS IN BURN AREAS MAY EXPERIENCE MORE ENCOUNTERS WITH WILDLIFE

ARCADIA, CA – County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and County pest
management experts remind residents in the foothills and near the recent
wildfire burn areas to be cautious about wild animals that may have been
displaced by the Station Fire and subsequent debris flows.  Coyotes,
mountain lions, bobcats, bears, and other animals may find their way
into residential areas looking for food, water and shelter.

The best way residents can prevent wild animals from frequenting
residential property is not to leave any food outside. This includes pet
food, and pets themselves, which wild animals may consider food. Pick up
fallen fruit on your property and harvest your gardens regularly. It is
important to keep garbage containers tightly covered. Residents should
never intentionally feed wild animals, as doing so creates a danger for
residents and teaches the wild animal to depend on humans.

Additional Safety Tips:

● Do not approach wild animals, even small young ones, no matter how
“cute” the animal appears.
● Consider hiking, biking or jogging with a partner.
● Try to avoid jogging or hiking near wildlife areas when wildlife is
most active: dusk, nighttime, and
   dawn.
● Keep a close watch on small children.
● Clear brush and dense weeds on your property.
● If your property is infested with rodents, consider control
measures as rodents can attract hungry
   predators.

For immediate threats or serious injury, call 9-1-1. For concerns over
sightings or evidence of wild animals, contact one of the authorities
listed below.

County of Los Angeles Pest Management
Coyote Information: http://acwm.co.la.ca.us/scripts/coyo.htm
Or, for more information on coyotes, rodents, or similar pests, call
(626) 575-5462 (Monday through Thursday, business hours)

California Department of Fish and Game (Mountain Lions, Bears,
Bobcats.)
Keep Me Wild: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/
(916) 322-8911

County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care & Control
Wild Animal Information: http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/wildinfo.asp
Shelter Information: http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/locationbycity.asp
Pasadena Humane Society
www.phsspca.org
(626) 792-7151

Glendale Humane Society
www.glendalehumane.org
(818) 242-1128

San Gabriel Valley Humane Society
www.sgvhumane.org
(626) 286-1159

Established in 1881, ACWM protects consumers and the environment
through early detection and exclusion of dangerous, invasive insect and
plant pests; enforcement of laws and regulations regarding safe
pesticide use; operation of an environmental toxicology laboratory;
clearance of weeds, brush, and debris from vacant land to reduce fire
hazards; inspection and verification of accuracy of scales, meters,
price scanners, and quantity labeling on packaged goods.
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