Wildlife 911

Squirrel-bandaged-leg

Photo by California Wildlife Center

Animals that are injured, lost, or behaving in a threatening manner may need your assistance. If you can, safely contain the animal, put it in a dark quiet place, and then call a wildlife rehabilitator center near you. Do not give injured animals any food or water.

  • If you find a baby bird that has fallen from its nest, carefully put it back. A mother bird will not reject a chick just because it has come in contact with humans.
  • If you find an uninjured baby squirrel, place it in a shallow, towel-lined box at the base of the tree and leave it undisturbed for 4-6 hours so the mother may take it back to the nest.

California Wildlife Center
Call CWC if you have found a wild animal that appears to be sick, injured, or abandoned. What to do if you encounter stranded animals on the beach.
310-458-9453 (310-458-WILD) California Wildlife Center


California Department of Fish & Wildlife

For wild animals in the Santa Monica Mountains on private property, roadsides or unincorporated Los Angeles County
858-467-4201 CA Department of Fish & Wildlife

As a Reminder…Threatened and Endangered Species
It is illegal to harm any animal listed as threatened or endangered by the California Department of Fish and Game or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Harm” includes disturbing habitat in any way (i.e. cutting down a tree with nests) as well as more direct harm (i.e. hunting or fishing). To report the sighting of an endangered plant or animal species, including a mountain lion, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife South Coast Region Headquarters at 858-467-4201.


Los Angeles Department of Animal Care & Control
For domestic animals in the Santa Monica Mountains on private property, roadsides or unincorporated Los Angeles County
818-991-0071 LA Department of Animal Care & Control