If your wildlife encounter is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
Wild pigs can cause quite a problem in residential neighborhoods. Wild pigs are omnivores, and seek out gardens and grassy areas looking for roots, grubs, and other fungus to eat. They use their long snouts to dig up the ground, causing damage to yards and common areas. Wild pigs can be very dangerous and should not be approached if you come into contact with them. The only way to solve a habitual wild pig problem on private property is to allow a licensed trapper to trap the animals. For more information on wild pig abatement, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at (707) 428-2002, or visit their website at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Living-with-Wildlife. You may also report wildlife incidents and sick or injured wildlife through this link. Each report is then assigned to a designated Investigator for follow-up.
Coyotes play an important role in our ecosystem, helping to keep rodent populations under control. Coyotes are by nature fearful of humans. However, if coyotes have access to food or garbage, they can become dangerous to humans and pets. In order to keep coyotes at bay, be sure to keep all your garbage containers tightly closed or locked, especially if you live up against an open space area. Bring your pets inside at night and never leave pet food or water outside– this can attract unwanted wildlife. If you have fruit trees, be sure to pick up any fruit that has dropped off and cover compost piles. If a coyote attacks a person or pet, immediately call 9-1-1 and notify the Department of Fish and Wildlife Bay Delta Regional Office at (707) 428-2002. For more information on coyotes, visit the California Department of Wildlife website at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild/Coyote.
Injured or Deceased Animals
If you come across a dead or injured animal in Danville (deer, raccoon, birds, etc.) please contact the Contra Costa County Animal Services Division Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at (925) 608-8400. After business hours please contact Sheriff’s Dispatch at (925) 646-2441. Contra Costa Animal Services cannot pick up dead animals on private property.
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To report a dog bite, please contact Animal Control Services at (925) 608-8400. After hours, contact Sheriff’s Dispatch at (925) 646-2441. For all other services offered by Contra Costa County Animal Services, please visit their website at http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/7282/Animal-Services.
The Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association is a great resource for information on Bees. If you notice bees beginning to gather in one location in a tree or in your yard, don’t panic. Bees are generally docile when they are swarming, however they may pick a location that is less than desirable for you. If this happens, take note of where they are at and whether or not they are indeed honey bees. They could be wasps or yellow jackets. To determine what you have, visit the Mount Diablo Bee Keepers Association website at https://diablobees.org/index.php/report-a-swarm/. This page can direct you to the appropriate resource to help you remove the swarm using a list of identified swarm removal specialists in your area.