Wildlife Problems and Trapping Information:

How to Avoid Wildlife Problems

Many types of wildlife are attracted to our yards because food is plentiful and easy to obtain. Being aware of your potential contribution to this environment helps reduce nuisance animal incidents in your area.

SeedsAvoid feeding wild animals, including birds. Birdseed attracts rats and other rodents, a known food source for predators like coyotes. 


Feed pets insideFeed your pet indoors at all times. Dog and cat food left outdoors attracts a variety of wild animals, from skunks to coyotes. Feeding your pet outdoors may also make them vulnerable to wildlife attacks.


Keep Trash Off Curb Until Trash Collection

 Secure your trash and trash cans. Don’t place trash outside overnight or the day before pickup. Keep your garbage in your garage or in a secure trash can (not plastic bags) until the morning of pickup.


Pick up any fruits or vegetables at ground level; various wild animals enjoy these types of food.


HouseKeep your pets inside and under your control at all times. An animal allowed to roam off-leash, even in your front yard, presents an easy meal for a predator.


Spay or neuter your pet. Coyotes are attracted by the scent of female dogs in heat, just as unsterilized male dogs may be lured by female coyote scents. View low cost pet vaccination options.


Clean your property to remove overgrowth and underbrush. This helps eliminate nesting or denning sites for wildlife. 

Light BulbAdd lighting to your backyard. Wild animals tend to avoid well-lit areas at night.


Moth BallsAvoid using mothballs and ammonia as a deterrent. In many cases, the scents are so close to animal urine that they attract animals. Also avoid using coyote urine to deter other animals.

MouseCover crawlspace and attic openings. Use heavy gauge, rustproof wire mesh (not chicken wire).


Roof with holeCarefully inspect your eaves and other areas where the roof and house join. Repair deteriorating boards, warped siding and loose shingles.

ChimneyIf you have a chimney, make sure that it has a secure cap. Chimneys without caps are open invitations to raccoons looking for "hollow trees" in which to give birth and raise their young.

deckIf you have a deck, you can prevent animals from digging underneath it by creating an L-shaped barrier. Attach heavy gauge wire mesh to the base of the deck, sink it six inches into the ground, bend it 90 degrees away from the deck for 12 inches and then cover it with soil.

Trap-Neuter-Return Program for Feral Cats

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) decreases stray and feral cat populations without harming cats. Accomplished through a partnership between feral cat colony sponsors and caretakers and the city, TNR involves (1) trapping all or most of the cats in a colony, (2) getting them sterilized and (3) releasing them. Cats returned to the wild are tagged on the ear to identify them as sterilized. View Trap-Neuter-Return Program FAQ Page.