Living close to wildlands, you’ve probably already noticed that your backyard can be home to many different kinds of wildlife. More familiar native species include the ground squirrel, coyote, mule deer, raccoon, red-tailed and red-shouldered hawk, and bobcat. Threatened and endangered species include the California red-legged frog, tidewater goby, and steelhead trout. It is important to respect and appreciate these creatures, and to seek ways to live in harmony with them and their natural environment. Remember that you live in a wild area; if you create the right habitat (scrubby bushes to hide under, smelly trash), expect “guests” to show up!