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  WILDLIFE, NON-DOMESTIC AND EXOTIC ANIMALS

  There is a skunk under my house or in my yard. What can I do?

Many people consider skunks odorous, obnoxious pests which should be avoided at all costs. However, these animals have some beneficial habits; they kill insects and rodents. Skunks become a problem when their activities conflict with human interests. When skunks take shelter under homes, decks, or in garages, their presence is not usually tolerated by occupants of the building.

The following steps are suggested for removing skunks under your house:

  1. Seal all possible entrances, except one (the main entrance).

  2. Sprinkle a band of flour 2 feet wide on the ground in front of the remaining opening.

  3. Place a light or strobe under the building; skunks do not like bright light. There are strobe lights available for skunks, rats and other pest animals. Search online under “rodent strobe.”

  4. After dark, check for tracks on the band of flour.

  5. When tracks indicate the skunk has departed the building (but not returned!), close the last entrance.

Wildlife is an important part of our environment. Skunks, squirrels, rabbits, opossums, racoons, mallard ducks, Canada geese, and foxes can all be found in Culver City. They have adapted to or have found the modification we have made to the area appealing. While these animals are seldom a threat to people or domestic animals, there are several steps you can take to discourage wild animals from becoming a recurring problem. Skunks are attracted to urban areas by the easy accessibility of food, water and shelter. Eliminating the availability of all these factors will encourage skunks to leave. Prevention is the key to dealing with these wildlife nuisances and is the best all around solution to the problem both for the people and the wildlife. Addressing a problem requires much more work than prevention and is not nearly as satisfactory or effective.

  1. Install a motion-activated or motion-sensored sprinkler device. When triggered by motion, the motion-activated sprinkler device will turn towards the intruder and deliver a 3-second burst of water. The combination of the water spray, noise, and the motion of the sprinkler head is often effective at scaring off animal intruders and deterring skunks from specific areas near your home or garden. Check online for videos of the motion-sensored sprinkler system in action. You can purchase the device in home improvement stores, in pet stores or online.

  2. Use metal or heavy plastic trash containers with tight fitting lids. Secure the lids with bungee cords, rope or sturdy cords. You may want to soak the cords or rope in hot sauce or commercial repellent. Spray a small amount of ammonia in and around all garbage cans. You may want to pour a cup of ammonia in the trash can every week after the trash has been picked up. Animals don't like the smell and will be discouraged from digging around in your trash. Most animals invade human space when searching and foraging for food. If the food supply is easier to obtain elsewhere, the animals are more likely to leave your property alone.

  3. Each fall and spring, inspect the exterior of your home for entrances wildlife can use to get into the crawl space under your house. Even a skunk does not need a large hole to enter. Make sure soffit vents and gable end vents are fastened securely. If you find vent grills open or crawl spaces open under your house, you will need to secure the openings to prevent the easy access. You can attach ¼-inch hardware cloth over the vent on the inside of the attic for extra security. Plug any gaps between your foundations and sill plates. Cover foundation vents with slotted metal vent covers.

  4. If skunks take up residence under a low deck, they may be excluded by using ¼-inch grid screening or solid metal flashing. Trench around the perimeter of the deck a minimum of 12 inches deep, insert screening in trench, and backfill. Attach top of screening to facade of deck with nails or fence post staples. Before completing final seal on the last entry point, it is wise to make sure no animals are trapped inside. On the night before completing repairs, sprinkle flour in the entrance hole and check for tracks the following morning. If no tracks are evident for three consecutive nights, no animals are likely present. You can also place crumpled newspaper into the opening to see if any animal is pushing it out or in as an indicator for the continual presence of the animal. You may wish to make a temporary one-way exit using ¼-inch grid screening. Form the screening into a cone or funnel shape that will permit animals to leave but not to reenter. The large end should be sized to encircle the entry hole and be attached over the hole to the facade of the deck or building with nails or fence post staples. The small end should face away from the house and be 4 to 6 inches in diameter.

  5. Skunks are not inclined to break through walls or fences that are intact and in reasonably good condition. Fix any openings or weak or loose places. It’s much easier to prevent skunks from taking refuge under your deck or in burrows around your home than to deal with the problem. Skunks like to dig at the edge or the corner of a building or structure. You can discourage this behavior by placing hardware cloth six inches beneath the ground surface. Extend it out away from the base of your deck, tool shed foundation or other applicable structure by at least three feet. Most critters will prefer to dig right next to the structure and when they can’t get through the hardware cloth, they will go somewhere else. The hardware cloth can then be covered by lattice work, or other cosmetic treatments, to improve the appearance.

  6. Pet food is high in protein, carbohydrates and fats. By having your pet's food available, it discourages skunks from their normal hunting and foraging behavior and will keep the skunks returning to your property and yard. Pets should be fed during daylight hours and any leftovers removed immediately. Empty or remove the water bowls at night. Be sure to lock pet doors and openings at night.

  7. Skunks digging in your yard do not necessarily indicate that you have a skunk problem. You may actually have an insect problem in your lawn. Sod webworm and other larvae are abundant and the skunks are taking care of the problem for you. Call your local garden center and inquire how to effectively manage your insect problem. Removing the insect infestation will remove the skunks’ food source and thereby the skunks.

  8. If you wish to have someone trap and remove the skunk, you can hire a private nuisance wildlife control operator which generally can be found in the Yellow Pages under “Animal Removal Services.” If you do consider a professional wildlife removal specialist who has the required permits to legally trap and remove wildlife, please keep in mind that removal of nuisance wildlife does not necessarily mean that you have removed the problem. Oftentimes, removing the animal just opens up space for another animal to move in and claim territory. However, your best solution would be to make your home and property inhospitable and unappealing to the unwanted animals with habitat modifications and exclusion methods.

The California Department of Fish and Game regulations prohibit the relocation of healthy wildlife. Healthy wildlife “trapped in towns or cities or removed from under buildings or otherwise taken or trapped because of human/animal conflict shall be immediately released in the area where trapped or disposed of (euthanized) [California Fish & Game Code 4000, 4001, 4180 and California Code of Regulations Title 14 Section 465.5(g)(1) and 679(f)]. Only authorized wildlife rehabilitators may keep injured or orphaned wildlife and then for only a limited time.

The Culver City Animal Services Officer is not trained in euthanasia techniques. Due to Fish and Game regulation, the Animal Services Officer cannot transport or relocate any healthy wild animal. Therefore, Culver City Animal Services does not provide healthy wildlife removal services. If residents have a routine healthy wildlife animal issue, they should contact a licensed private contractor of their choosing and the citizen will be responsible for any cost incurred.

The Culver City Animal Services Officer will respond to calls for service ONLY if the skunk is inside the living residence (not under or around the house and not in the attic or crawlspaces), is sick, is injured, or is deceased.

For a brochure on how to address skunk issues:

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  There is a raccoon under my house or in my yard. What can I do?

In urban areas, raccoons can damage buildings (particularly attics and roofs), gardens, fruit trees, lawns, garbage cans, and trash containers. They are also attracted to pet food left outdoors and will attack pets. Occasionally, one or more raccoons will establish a communal toilet area. In rural areas, raccoons may feed on farm crops or raid poultry houses.

Wildlife is an important part of our environment. Raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, opossums, skunks, mallard ducks, Canada geese, and foxes can all be found in Culver City. They have adapted to or have found the modification we have made to the area appealing. While these animals are seldom a threat to people or domestic animals, there are several steps you can take to discourage wild animals from becoming a recurring problem. Raccoons are attracted to urban areas by the easy accessibility of food, water and shelter. Eliminating the availability of all these factors will encourage the raccoons to leave. Prevention is the key to dealing with these wildlife nuisances and is the best all around solution to the problem both for the people and the wildlife. Addressing a problem requires much more work than prevention and is not nearly as satisfactory or effective.

  1. Install a motion-activated or motion-sensored sprinkler device. When triggered by motion, the motion-activated sprinkler device will turn towards the intruder and deliver a 3-second burst of water. The combination of the water spray, noise, and the motion of the sprinkler head is often effective at scaring off animal intruders and deterring skunks from specific areas near your home or garden. Check online for videos of the motion-sensored sprinkler system in action. You can purchase the device in home improvement stores, in pet stores or online.

  2. Use metal or heavy plastic trash containers with tight fitting lids. Secure the lids with bungee cords, rope or sturdy cords. You may want to soak the cords or rope in hot sauce or commercial repellent. Spray a small amount of ammonia in and around all garbage cans. You may want to pour a cup of ammonia in the trash can every week after the trash has been picked up. Animals don't like the smell and will be discouraged from digging around in your trash. Most animals invade human space when searching and foraging for food. If the food supply is easier to obtain elsewhere, the animals are more likely to leave your property alone.

  3. Each fall and spring, inspect the exterior of your home for entrances wildlife can use to get into the crawl space under your house. Even a raccoon does not need a large hole to enter. Make sure soffit vents and gable end vents are fastened securely. If you find vent grills open or crawl spaces open under your house, you will need to secure the openings to prevent the easy access. You can attach ¼-inch hardware cloth over the vent on the inside of the attic for extra security. Plug any gaps between your foundations and sill plates. Cover foundation vents with slotted metal vent covers.

  4. Pet food is high in protein, carbohydrates and fats. By having your pet's food available to the animals, it discourages them from their normal hunting and foraging behavior and will keep them returning to your property and yard. Pets should be fed during daylight hours and any leftovers removed immediately. Empty or remove the water bowls at night. Be sure to lock pet doors and openings at night.

  5. If raccoons take up residence under a low deck, they may be excluded by using ¼-inch grid screening or solid metal flashing. Trench around the perimeter of the deck at least 12 inches deep, insert screening in trench, and backfill. Attach top of screening to facade of deck with nails or fence post staples. Before completing final seal on the last entry point, make sure no animals are trapped inside. On the night before completing repairs, sprinkle flour in the entrance hole and check for tracks the following morning. You can also place one to two rags soaked in ammonia in the entrance hole and wait 36 to 48 hours. If no tracks are evident for 3 consecutive nights, no animals are likely present. You can also place crumpled newspaper into the opening to see if any animal is pushing it out or in as an indicator for the continual presence of the animal. You may wish to make a temporary one-way exit using ¼-inch grid screening. Form the screening into a cone or funnel shape that will permit animals to leave but not to reenter. The large end should be sized to encircle the entry hole and be attached over the hole to the facade of the deck or building with nails or fence post staples. The small end should face away from the house and be 4 to 6 inches in diameter.

  6. Raccoons are good climbers and strong animals capable of pushing or pulling objects with considerable force. However, they are not inclined to break through walls or fences that are intact and in good condition. Fix any openings and weak or loose places. Keep raccoons away from roof areas by trimming tree branches 10 feet from roof and keeping climbing plants trimmed away from roof and eave areas.

  7. Raccoons digging in your yard do not necessarily indicate that you have a raccoon problem. You may actually have an insect problem in your lawn. Sod webworm and other larvae are abundant and the raccoons are taking care of the problem for you. Call your local garden center and inquire how to effectively manage your insect problem. Removing the insect infestation will remove the raccoon's food source and thereby the raccoons.

  8. If you wish to have someone trap and remove the raccoon, you can hire a private nuisance wildlife control operator which generally can be found in the Yellow Pages under “Animal Removal Services.” If you do consider a professional wildlife removal specialist who has the required permits to legally trap and remove wildlife, please keep in mind that removal of nuisance wildlife does not necessarily mean that you have removed the problem. Oftentimes, removing the animal just opens up space for another animal to move in and claim territory. However, your best solution would be to make your home and property inhospitable and unappealing to the unwanted animals with habitat modifications and exclusion methods.

The California Department of Fish and Game regulations prohibit the relocation of healthy wildlife. Healthy wildlife “trapped in towns or cities or removed from under buildings or otherwise taken or trapped because of human/animal conflict shall be immediately released in the area where trapped or disposed of (euthanized) [California Fish & Game Code 4000, 4001, 4180 and California Code of Regulations Title 14 Section 465.5(g)(1) and 679(f)]. Only authorized wildlife rehabilitators may keep injured or orphaned wildlife and then for only a limited time.

The Culver City Animal Services Officer is not trained in euthanasia techniques. Due to Fish and Game regulation, the Animal Services Officer cannot transport or relocate any healthy wild animal. Therefore, Culver City Animal Services does not provide healthy wildlife removal services. If residents have a routine healthy wildlife animal issue, they should contact a licensed private contractor of their choosing and the citizen will be responsible for any cost incurred.

The Culver City Animal Services Officer will respond to calls for service ONLY if the raccoon is inside the living residence (not under or around the house and not in the attic or crawlspaces), is sick, is injured, or is deceased.

For a brochure on how to address raccoon issues:

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  There is an opossum under my house or in my yard. What can I do?

Opossums are beneficial to the environment: eating the harmful, unwanted pests around your home such as snails, slugs, spiders, cockroaches, rats, mice and snakes. When opossums live in or near inhabited buildings, the animals’ smelly nesting habits and discharge of anal fluids can cause offensive odors. Opossums can damage buildings by pushing in screened vents or window screens, scattering insulation, and chewing electrical wiring. They frequently get into garbage.

Wildlife is an important part of our environment. Opossums, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, mallard ducks, Canada geese, and foxes can all be found in Culver City. They have adapted to or have found the modification we have made to the area appealing. While these animals are seldom a threat to people or domestic animals, there are several steps you can take to discourage wild animals from becoming a recurring problem. Opossums are attracted to urban areas by the easy accessibility of food, water and shelter. Eliminating the availability of all these factors will encourage the opossums to leave. Prevention is the key to dealing with these wildlife nuisances and is the best all around solution to the problem both for the people and the wildlife. Addressing a problem requires much more work than prevention and is not nearly as satisfactory or effective.

  1. Install a motion-activated or motion-sensored sprinkler device. When triggered by motion, the motion-activated sprinkler device will turn towards the intruder and deliver a 3-second burst of water. The combination of the water spray, noise, and the motion of the sprinkler head is often effective at scaring off animal intruders and deterring skunks from specific areas near your home or garden. Check online for videos of the motion-sensored sprinkler system in action. You can purchase the device in home improvement stores, in pet stores or online.

  2. Use metal or heavy plastic trash containers with tight fitting lids. Secure the lids with bungee cords, rope or sturdy cords. You may want to soak the cords or rope in hot sauce or commercial repellent. Spray a small amount of ammonia in and around all garbage cans. You may want to pour a cup of ammonia in the trash can every week after the trash has been picked up. Animals don't like the smell and will be discouraged from digging around in your trash. Most animals invade human space when searching and foraging for food. If the food supply is easier to obtain elsewhere, the animals are more likely to leave your property alone.

  3. Pet food is high in protein, carbohydrates and fats. By having your pet's food available to the animals, it discourages them from their normal hunting and foraging behavior and will keep them returning to your property and yard. Pets should be fed during daylight hours and any leftovers removed immediately. Empty or remove the water bowls at night. Be sure to lock pet doors and openings at night.

  4. If opossums take up residence under a low deck, they may be excluded by using ¼-inch grid screening or solid metal flashing. Trench around the perimeter of the deck a minimum of 12 inches deep, insert screening in trench, and backfill. Attach top of screening to facade of deck with nails or fence post staples. Opossums can be excluded from buildings by covering foundation vents with slotted metal vent covers and by using ¼-inch grid screening to cover attic vents and chimneys. Before completing final seal on the last entry point, make sure no animals are trapped inside. On the night before completing repairs, sprinkle flour in the entrance hole and check for tracks the following morning. If no tracks are evident for three consecutive nights, no animals are likely present. You can also place crumpled newspaper into the opening to see if any animal is pushing it out or in as an indicator for the continual presence of the animal. You may wish to make a temporary one-way exit using ¼-inch grid screening. Form the screening into a cone or funnel shape that will permit animals to leave but not to reenter. The large end should be sized to encircle the entry hole and be attached over the hole to the facade of the deck or building with nails or fence post staples. The small end should face away from the house and be 4 to 6 inches in diameter.

  5. To ensure that the animals are not under your house before doing so, you can also place one to two rags soaked in ammonia in each of the crawl spaces or entrances and wait 36 to 48 hours. The fumes emitted are noxious to the animals and the animals will likely vacate the area.

  6. Keep in mind that opossums are good climbers. Fix any openings or weak or loose places. Opossums may be kept away from roof areas by trimming tree branches 10 feet from roof and by keeping climbing plants trimmed away from roof and eave areas.

  7. If you wish to have someone trap and remove the opossums, you can hire a private nuisance wildlife control operator which generally can be found in the Yellow Pages under “Animal Removal Services.” If you do consider a professional wildlife removal specialist who has the required permits to legally trap and remove wildlife, please keep in mind that removal of nuisance wildlife does not necessarily mean that you have removed the problem. Oftentimes, removing the animal just opens up space for another animal to move in and claim territory. However, your best solution would be to make your home and property inhospitable and unappealing to the unwanted animals with habitat modifications and exclusion methods.

The California Department of Fish and Game regulations prohibit the relocation of healthy wildlife. Healthy wildlife “trapped in towns or cities or removed from under buildings or otherwise taken or trapped because of human/animal conflict shall be immediately released in the area where trapped or disposed of (euthanized) [California Fish & Game Code 4000, 4001, 4180 and California Code of Regulations Title 14 Section 465.5(g)(1) and 679(f)]. Only authorized wildlife rehabilitators may keep injured or orphaned wildlife and then for only a limited time.

The Culver City Animal Services Officer is not trained in euthanasia techniques. Due to Fish and Game regulation, the Animal Services Officer cannot transport or relocate any healthy wild animal. Therefore, Culver City Animal Services does not provide healthy wildlife removal services. If residents have a routine healthy wildlife animal issue, they should contact a licensed private contractor of their choosing and the citizen will be responsible for any cost incurred.

The Culver City Animal Services Officer will respond to calls for service ONLY if the opossum is inside the living residence (not under or around the house and not in the attic or crawlspaces), is sick, is injured, or is deceased.

For a brochure on how to address opossum issues:

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  There is a squirrel under my house or in my yard. What can I do?

Despite occasional damage to trees and houses, squirrels are beneficial to the ecosystem through their habit of caching and burying excess food supplies, such as nuts, seeds, and acorns. When squirrels stockpile seeds and nuts for the winter, they always bury more than they need. In the spring, those seeds that were not consumed over the winter will sprout, giving new plant growth to the environment and tree reproduction. Squirrels also carry an important ingredient to the health of the trees. A living organism known as microriza develops and grows in the digestive tract of the squirrel and only found in squirrels. The microriza operate like nematodes in other plants helping plant growth. These is a symbiotic relationship formed and the trees and the microriza help one another to grow. Without the squirrels, some trees could not exist. Squirrels are also important prey animals for many small predators because of their abundance in the habitats in which they live.

Squirrels have powerful, gnawing teeth for eating tough vegetable matter, and they can close their mouths while leaving their front teeth exposed for digging. Their other distinguishing feature is that their teeth never stop growing. They must continue gnawing to wear them down so that they can close their mouths (otherwise they would be unable to take in food and would eventually starve) and so that their teeth do not grow into their skulls, eventually killing them. Tree squirrels damage green and ripe walnuts, almonds, oranges, avocados, apples, strawberries, tomatoes, and grains. Telephone and electrical lines are sometimes gnawed and they also chew on buildings or invade attics through knotholes or uncovered roof vents. Eastern Fox Squirrels can become mildly aggressive and antagonize dogs and may frighten the elderly. Ground squirrels damage many food-bearing and ornamental plants. Particularly vulnerable are grains, nut and fruit trees such as: almond, apple, apricot, orange, peach, pistachio, prune, and walnut. Ground squirrels will enter gardens and devour vegetables in the seedling stage. They may damage young shrubs, vines, and trees by gnawing bark, eating twigs and leaves, and burrowing around roots. Ground squirrels will gnaw on plastic sprinkler heads and irrigation lines. They will also consume the eggs of ground-nesting birds. The burrowing of Ground squirrels also can be quite destructive. Burrows around trees and shrubs can damage and desiccate roots, and sometimes topple trees. Burrows beneath buildings and other structures sometimes necessitate repair.

Wildlife is an important part of our environment. Squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, opossums, skunks, mallard ducks, Canada geese, and foxes can all be found in Culver City. They have adapted to or have found the modification we have made to the area appealing. While these animals are seldom a threat to people or domestic animals, there are several steps you can take to discourage wild animals from becoming a recurring problem. Squirrels are attracted to urban areas by the easy accessibility of food, water and shelter. Eliminating the availability of all these factors will encourage squirrels to leave. Prevention is the key to dealing with these wildlife nuisances and is the best all around solution to the problem both for the people and the wildlife. Addressing a problem requires much more work than prevention and is not nearly as satisfactory or effective.

  1. Install a motion-activated or motion-sensored sprinkler device. When triggered by motion, the motion-activated sprinkler device will turn towards the intruder and deliver a 3-second burst of water. The combination of the water spray, noise, and the motion of the sprinkler head is often effective at scaring off animal intruders and deterring skunks from specific areas near your home or garden. Check online for videos of the motion-sensored sprinkler system in action. You can purchase the device in home improvement stores, in pet stores or online.

  2. Use metal or heavy plastic trash containers with tight fitting lids. Secure the lids with bungee cords, rope or sturdy cords. You may want to soak the cords or rope in hot sauce or commercial repellent. Spray a small amount of ammonia in and around all garbage cans. You may want to pour a cup of ammonia in the trash can every week after the trash has been picked up. Animals don't like the smell and will be discouraged from digging around in your trash. Most animals invade human space when searching and foraging for food. If the food supply is easier to obtain elsewhere, the animals are more likely to leave your property alone.

  3. Each fall and spring, inspect the exterior of your home for entrances that wildlife animals can use to get into the crawl space under your house. A squirrel does not need a large hole to enter. Make sure soffit vents and gable end vents are fastened securely. If you find vent grills open or crawl spaces open under your house, you will need to secure the openings to prevent the easy access. You can attach ¼-inch hardware cloth over the vent on the inside of the attic for extra security. Plug gaps between your foundations and sill plates. Cover foundation vents with slotted metal vent covers.

  4. If squirrels take up residence under a low deck, they may be excluded by using ¼-inch grid screening or solid metal flashing. Trench around the perimeter of the deck a minimum of 12 inches deep, insert screening in trench, and backfill. Attach top of screening to facade of deck with nails or fence post staples. Squirrels can be excluded from buildings by covering foundation vents with slotted metal vent covers and by using ¼-inch grid screening to cover attic vents and chimneys. Before completing final seal on the last entry point, make sure no animals are trapped inside. On the night before completing repairs, sprinkle flour in the entrance hole and check for tracks the following morning. If no tracks are evident for three consecutive nights, no animals are likely present. You can also place crumpled newspaper into the opening to see if any animal is pushing it out or in as an indicator for the continual presence of the animal. You may wish to make a temporary one-way exit using ¼-inch grid screening. Form the screening into a cone or funnel shape that will permit animals to leave but not to reenter. The large end should be sized to encircle the entry hole and be attached over the hole to the facade of the deck or building with nails or fence post staples. The small end should face away from the house and be 4 to 6 inches in diameter.

  5. Pet food is high protein, carbohydrates and fats. By having your pet's food available to the animals, it discourages them from their normal hunting and foraging behavior and will keep them returning to your property and yard. Pets should be fed during daylight hours and any leftovers removed immediately. Empty or remove the water bowls at night. Be sure to lock pet doors and openings at night.

  6. If you have vegetables in your garden or fruit trees in your yard, use a basic wire fence to surround your low-lying plants as they ripen and pick up all fruit when it drops off the tree. If you leave it exposed, it is just another food source for the squirrels. Cage your plant bulbs. Before planting bulbs, set homemade or store-bought metal cages into planting holes. Alternatively, place a wire mesh over the entire bed once you've finished planting. Various barriers—chicken wire, hardware cloth, 1” to 2” metal mesh—can be spread over the ground and cut to fit around plant stems. You may also consider completely covering over newly planted vegetables with a chicken wire fence or completely caging-off your garden bushes and small trees before the fruit ripen.

  7. Cover telephone and electric wires near the house with long plastic tubing to discourage use of the wires for entrance and exit. The best deterrent, besides removing the food source, is the installation of a 12” wide band of sheet metal (metal guard) and disc or cone baffles. To prevent squirrels from climbing trees, poles, and other vertical structures, install a metal or heavy plastic barrier 6 to 8 feet above the ground. A metal guard can be secured around trees, pipes, posts, and other structures to keep raccoons from climbing. It can be made from a piece of aluminum flashing or sheet metal, held together with wire, nails, or screws, and painted to blend in. 24-inch long aluminum or galvanized vent-pipe can serve as a pre-made barrier around a narrow support. A funnel-shaped piece of aluminum flashing can be fitted around a tree or other vertical structure. The outside edge of the flared metal should be at least 18 inches away from the support. Cut the material with tin snips and file down sharp edges. Squirrels will attempt to use surrounding trees or structures as an avenue to access the area above the barrier. Prune branches 6 feet away from the ground and from the roof of your property. Make sure no other trees are close enough to provide jumping access. This prevents the squirrels from scaling the tree trunk or accessing the branches, fruits, leaves and nuts. Keep squirrels away from roof areas by trimming tree branches 10 feet from roof and keeping climbing plants trimmed away from roof and eave areas.

  8. Disc baffle and pipe sleeves prevent squirrels from traveling on utility line wires, transformers, bird feeders and other aerial sites that have horizontal wires leading to them. Cut the plastic or PVC pipe lengthwise, spread it open, and place it over the wire. The sleeves should fit loosely so they rotate as the squirrels tries to traverse them. Sleeves should be at least 24 inches long. Disc baffles or metal collars should be at least 18 inches to 2 feet wide and placed 6 feet to 8 feet above the ground. Collar edges should overlap and connect by springs to allow for tree growth.

  9. If you wish to have someone trap and remove the squirrel, you can hire a private nuisance wildlife control operator which generally can be found in the Yellow Pages under “Animal Removal Services.” If you do consider a professional wildlife removal specialist who has the required permits to legally trap and remove wildlife, please keep in mind that removal of nuisance wildlife does not necessarily mean that you have removed the problem. Oftentimes, removing the animal just opens up space for another animal to move in and claim territory.

The California Department of Fish and Game regulations prohibit the relocation of squirrels or other healthy wildlife. Healthy wildlife “trapped in towns or cities or removed from under buildings or otherwise taken or trapped because of human/animal conflict shall be immediately released in the area where trapped or disposed of (euthanized) [California Fish & Game Code 4000, 4001, 4180 and California Code of Regulations Title 14 Section 465.5(g)(1) and 679(f)]. Only authorized wildlife rehabilitators may keep injured or orphaned wildlife and then for only a limited time. Ground squirrels are classified as nongame mammals by the California Fish and Game Code. Tree squirrels are classified as game mammals by the California Fish and Game Code and can be controlled only as provided by hunting regulations (Section 4181).

Nongame mammals injuring growing crops or other property may be controlled in any legal manner by the owner or tenant.

The Culver City Animal Services Officer is not trained in euthanasia techniques. Due to Fish and Game regulation, the Animal Services Officer cannot transport or relocate any healthy wild animal. Therefore, Culver City Animal Services does not provide healthy squirrel removal services. If residents have a routine healthy wildlife squirrel issue, they should contact a licensed private contractor of their choosing and the citizen will be responsible for any cost incurred.

The Culver City Animal Services Officer will respond to calls for service ONLY if the squirrel is inside the living residence (not under or around the house and not in the attic or crawlspaces), is sick, is injured, is orphaned (for babies and the young), or is deceased.

For a brochure on how to address squirrel issues:

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  If I see a raccoon/opossum/skunk during the day, doesn't it have rabies? Isn't it   nocturnal?

Daylight activity is not a reliable indicator of illness in wild animals. If a wild animal appears healthy and is spotted during the day, it may be unable to return to its den or is looking for food. Although several wild animal species may be primarily nocturnal animals, healthy animals, especially nursing wildlife mothers who have young to feed, will need extra time to forage and thus may be found moving about during the day. As adult wildlife animals will attack and run younger wildlife animals off its territorities, the young wildlife animals will come out during the day to forage and then go into hiding when it gets dark and the adult wildlife animals come out.

If the animal is moving in a normal manner (as opposed to walking in circles while falling down), it is likely healthy. If left alone, healthy wildlife will eventually return to its dens once it feel safe.

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  There are bees in my yard. What can I do?

Culver City Animal Servies does not handle calls regarding insects such as bees, wasps, ants, and hornets or their removal.

If you have a problem with bees, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO KILL OR REMOVE THE BEES YOURSELF.

  1. For Multiple Stinging Emergencies (victim involved), call 911.

  2. Honey Bee Swarms or Nests (outside of a building; not within a structure)

    • Contact the Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-Borne Disease Control District at 1-800-825-3400.

    • The Los Angeles County West Vector Control District provides non-structural bee control at no charge within Culver City

  3. Honey Bee Swarms or Nests (inside a building or structure)

    • Contact a private licensed structural pest control operator. Only a licensed pest control operator can exterminate or relocate bees in or on a structure.

  4. Africanized Honey Bee

    • Contact the Africanized Honey Bee Information at 1-800-BEE-WARY or 1-800-233-9279.

  5. Wasps and Hornets

    • Contact a private licensed structural pest control operator. Only a licensed pest control operator can exterminate or relocate wasps and hornets in or on a structure.

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  There are rats/mice in my yard. What can I do?

Culver City Animal Servies does not handle calls regarding rats/mice or their removal. If you are experiencing a rat infestation problem in your home or neighborhood, contact a private licensed pest control operator.

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  Can I have an exotic animal such as a monkey or a non-native animal such as a   ferret, a hedgehog or a sugar glider in Culver City?

The City of Culver City and Culver City Animal Services have restrictions on the types of animals that can be kept in the city. Before acquiring any animal other than a dog or cat, be sure to check with Culver City Animal Services to make sure you can legally keep the animal in your neighborhood. Generally speaking, the following are illegal: all poisonous snakes and reptiles including alligators and similar animals; all primates; all bears; all California state prohibited non-native animals including ferrets, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, monkeys, and Quaker parakeets; all wild or exotic cats including hybrids; all wild canines and hybrids such as wolf crosses; and all wild native and exotic animals such as raccoons, skunks, otters, opossums, bats, deer, and antelopes. You may be approved for an exotic animal or a non-domestic animal under certain circumstances for certain species or breeds only if there are no prior complaints on your animals, if you meet all the requirements for the Animal Permit, and if the Culver City Permit Application is officially approved [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.025]. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain, or have in possession or under control, any animals, fowl or reptiles, other than household pets, in Culver City, without having applied for and received an officially approved Culver City Animal Permit. The Culver City Animal Permit shall be revocable at any time it is made to appear to the City Council that the keeping of such animals, fowl or reptiles is, or may become, detrimental to the public health safety, and/or general welfare [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.015]. You will need to apply for a Culver City Animal Permit Application to determine if the animal you are interested in will be permitted.

  1. Application for permit

    • All applications for permits to keep animals, fowl or reptiles shall be filed with the City Clerk, shall be accompanied by a fee of $50.00 and shall state the number and kind of animals, fowl or reptiles as well as such other information required by the City Clerk. Signatures of at least 1 adult resident of each dwelling or apartment unit within a radius of 200 feet, indicating approval or disapproval, shall be appended to such applications. Upon receipt of application, a copy thereof shall be referred to the Culver City Animal Services for investigation and report.

    • Upon receipt of said reports, the City Clerk shall cause notices to be posted within a radius of 300 feet from the address wherein said animals, fowl or reptiles are proposed to be kept, and not more than 50 feet apart. Permit will be granted providing no written objections are filed within ten days and approval is received from the City's health agency and Police Department.

You can obtain the Culver City Animal Permit online:

You can complete a Culver City Animal Permit application in person at:

City of Culver City - City Hall
9770 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, California
* City Hall hours are from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.
* City Hall is closed on holidays, weekends, and alternating Fridays.

You can request a Culver City Animal Permit application at:

Culver City Animal Services
Culver City Police Department
4040 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, California 90232

Citizens can also e-mail the information or complaint to:

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  Can I have a non-domestic pet such as a pot-bellied pig in Culver City?

Culver City Animal Services has restrictions on the types of animals that can be kept in the city. Before acquiring any animal other than a dog or cat, be sure to check with Culver City Animal Services to make sure you can legally keep the animal in your neighborhood. Generally speaking, the following are illegal: all poisonous snakes and reptiles including alligators and similar animals; all primates; all bears; all California state prohibited non-native animals including ferrets, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, monkeys, and Quaker parakeets; all wild or exotic cats including hybrids; all wild canines and hybrids such as wolf crosses; and all wild native and exotic animals such as raccoons, skunks, otters, opossums, bats, deer, and antelopes. You may be approved for an exotic animal or a non-domestic animal under certain circumstances for certain species or breeds only if there are no prior complaints on your animals, if you meet all the requirements for the Animal Permit, and if the Culver City Permit Application is officially approved [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.025]. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain, or have in possession or under control, any animals, fowl or reptiles, other than household pets, in Culver City, without having applied for and received an officially approved Culver City Animal Permit. The Culver City Permit shall be revocable at any time it is made to appear to the City Council that the keeping of such animals, fowl or reptiles is, or may become, detrimental to the public health, safety, and/or general welfare. [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.015]. You will need to apply for a Culver City Animal Permit Application to determine if the animal you are interested in will be permitted.

You can obtain the Culver City Animal Permit online:

You can complete a Culver City Animal Permit application in person at:

City of Culver City - City Hall
9770 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, California
* City Hall hours are from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.
* City Hall is closed on holidays, weekends, and alternating Fridays.

You can request a Culver City Animal Permit application at:

Culver City Animal Services
Culver City Police Department
4040 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, California 90232

Citizens can also e-mail the information or complaint to:

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  What are the requirements for a Culver City Animal Permit?

You may be approved for an exotic animal, a non-domestic animal, possession of more than 3 dogs, or possession of more than 3 cats under certain circumstances for certain species or breeds only if there are no prior complaints on your animals, if you meet all the requirements for the Animal Permit, and if the Culver City Permit Application is officially approved [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.015 and 9.01.025]. You will need to apply for a Culver City Animal Permit Application to determine if your petition will be permitted.

  1. Application for permit

    • All applications for permits to keep animals, fowl or reptiles shall be filed with the City Clerk, shall be accompanied by a fee of $50.00 and shall state the number and kind of animals, fowl or reptiles as well as such other information required by the City Clerk. Signatures of at least 1 adult resident of each dwelling or apartment unit within a radius of 200 feet, indicating approval or disapproval, shall be appended to such applications. Upon receipt of application, a copy thereof shall be referred to the Culver City Animal Services for investigation and report.

    • Upon receipt of said reports, the City Clerk shall cause notices to be posted within a radius of 300 feet from the address wherein said animals, fowl or reptiles are proposed to be kept, and not more than 50 feet apart. Permit will be granted providing no written objections are filed within ten days and approval is received from the City's health agency and Police Department.

You can obtain the Culver City Animal Permit online:

You can complete a Culver City Animal Permit application in person at:

City of Culver City - City Hall
9770 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, California
* City Hall hours are from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.
* City Hall is closed on holidays, weekends, and alternating Fridays.

You can request a Culver City Animal Permit application at:

Culver City Animal Services
Culver City Police Department
4040 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, California 90232

Citizens can also e-mail the information or complaint to:

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  Can I trap wildlife animals?

Healthy wildlife “trapped in towns or cities or removed from under buildings or otherwise taken or trapped because of human/animal conflict shall be immediately released in the area where trapped or disposed of (euthanized) [California Fish & Game Code 4000, 4001, 4180 and California Code of Regulations Title 14 Section 465.5(g)(1) and 679(f)]. The California Department of Fish and Game regulations prohibit the relocation of healthy wildlife. Only authorized wildlife rehabilitators may keep injured or orphaned wildlife and then for only a limited time. Please contact the California Department of Fish and Game for more information and further details regarding what wildlife animals can be caught and what circumstances are permitted.

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  Does Culver City Animal Services trap healthy wildlife animal?

The California Department of Fish and Game regulations prohibit the relocation of healthy wildlife [California Code of Regulations Title 14 Section 465.5(g)(1)]. Healthy wildlife “trapped in towns or cities or removed from under buildings or otherwise taken or trapped because of human/animal conflict shall be immediately released in the area where trapped or disposed of (euthanized) [California Fish & Game Code 4000, 4001, 4180 and California Code of Regulations Title 14 Section 679(f)]. Only authorized wildlife rehabilitators may keep injured or orphaned wildlife and then for only a limited time. The Culver City Animal Services Officer is not trained in euthanasia techniques. Due to Fish and Game regulation, the Animal Services Officer cannot transport or relocate any healthy wild animal. Therefore, Culver City Animal Services does not provide healthy wildlife removal services. If residents have a routine healthy wildlife animal issue, they should contact a licensed private contractor of their choosing and the citizen will be responsible for any cost incurred.

Please contact the California Department of Fish and Game for more information and further details regarding what wildlife animals can be caught and what circumstances are permitted.

These brochures provide suggestions on how to address opossum issues, raccoon issues and skunk issues:

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  Does Culver City Animal Services rent out humane traps for healthy wildife   animals?

Culver City Animal Services does not rent out humane traps for healthy wildlife animals. The California Department of Fish and Game regulations prohibit the relocation of healthy wildlife. Healthy wildlife “trapped in towns or cities or removed from under buildings or otherwise taken or trapped because of human/animal conflict shall be immediately released in the area where trapped or disposed of (euthanized) [California Fish & Game Code 4000, 4001, 4180 and California Code of Regulations Title 14 Section 465.5(g)(1) and 679(f)]. Only authorized wildlife rehabilitators may keep injured or orphaned wildlife and then for only a limited time.

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  Please, go to the following links for more information:

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Culver City encompasses approx. 5 square miles and is home to approx. 40,000 residents. It is just minutes from LAX, Marina del Rey and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Downtown Los Angeles, making it ideal for residents, business, and visitors alike. For more information, click here for the official website for The City of Culver City.

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