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Wildlife Program

Wildlife is a common and integral part of our ecosystem, biosphere, and circle of life. The City of Long Beach does not own or have any control over wild animals found within its boundaries, nor is the City responsible for the actions or damage caused by them. LBACS responds to calls for service to sick and injured wildlife or wildlife actively attacking a person or pet. 

Responsibly Managing Wildlife

Many species of wildlife have adapted to their urban environments. This may pose conflicts to both humans and our wild neighbors. Long Beach promotes policies that support the humane coexistence of people and wildlife. Methods to protect and preserve human health and safety should never unnecessarily harm wildlife or their habitats. It is each person's responsibility to maintain their environment in a manner that does not attract wildlife, such as leaving garbage exposed or intentionally feeding wildlife. Enforcement of local and state ordinances may result in order to minimize conflict.

In some cases, certain management tools are ineffective and illegal, such as relocation of the animals. For more information about state laws regarding wildlife, please visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW)

Responsible neighbors never feed wild animals or allow pets to roam unsupervised. However, there are times when ill, injured, or aggressive wild animals threaten public health and safety. This includes hunting pets during the daytime or approaching people without fear. 

Residents are encouraged to Report Coyote Activity which we use for our Reported Coyote Activity Mapping to provide residents with information about their neighborhood. For distribution, you may also download resources from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, such as the Keep Me Wild Brochure. All animal-related emergencies should be reported immediately by calling (562) 570-PETS (7387). If there is an immediate threat to a human, call 911.