Wildlife Services
If you encounter a raccoon, skunk, bat, fox or coyote that is behaving abnormally or appears sick, KEEP YOUR DISTANCE and call us immediately at 916.725.7387

Dead Wildlife

Dead wildlife and feral cats on public roads should be reported to the City's General Services Department at 916-727-4770 or by emailing ServiceRequestGSD@citrusheights.net

Dead birds and squirrels can be reported to Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control by calling 1.877.WNV.BIRD or report it online here


Nuisance Wildlife Issues

Citrus Heights Animal Services Officers are unable to provide trapping services for nuisance wildlife at this time.  We recommend you contact a local wildlife pest removal company for assistance with nuisance wildlife. 

Injured Wildlife

If you have found injured or orphaned wildlife, the fastest way to get it help is to take it to the Wildlife Care Association.  Go here for more information


Wildlife Care Association

5211 Patrol Rd.
McClellan, CA 95652

Intake Hours: 10am-6pm

916.965.WILD (9453)

Citrus Heights Animal Services will pickup and evaluate sick or injured wildlife.  Please call 916.725.PETS for this service.

Living With Wildlife

The Sacramento Valley is home to a diverse animal population. Feral cats and wildlife often coexist in the greenbelts within Citrus Heights.

If we all do our part, nuisance wildlife issues will decrease, and feral cat problems can be reduced.

Three factors have had a major influence on the surge in nuisance wildlife and cat complaints during the last several years:
  1. Mild winters and late rains kept natural resources bountiful. Similarly, during drought conditions, Irrigation run-off from over watered lawns,, wading pools, and other shallow standing bodies of water attract animals especially in the summer heat.
  2. Unaltered, abandoned cats due to a rough economy continue breeding in the wild, adding to the feral cat colonies in and around our City.
  3. Outdoor feeding of cats, including bird seed, attracts skunks, squirrels, and raccoons in addition to ferals and other wildlife .

What can you do?

Fortunately, we can all do a little and make a difference. Here are a few key things we can all do:
  • Be responsible for your own pets. Spay / neuter and vaccinate your pets, especially outdoor cats. Low cost spay/neuter and vaccination services are available.
  • Don't feed outdoors. If you do feed pets or strays outdoors, remove leftovers immediately, and remove feeding dishes no later than dusk.
  • Eliminate hiding and nesting spots. Keep shrubbery trimmed at least 8 inches above the ground, remove junk and wood piles from your yard. Block access to basements and sheds.
  • Clean up fallen fruit
  • Secure compost and garbage bin lids.
  • Use motion-sensing sprinklers to deter animals from entering your yard.

For more information on Living with Wildlife visit the California Department of Fish and Game website.

    Wildlife Sightings and Concerns

    Hunting or game animals and wild fowl - turkeys, deer, mountain lions, and coyotes -  fall under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. File an online incident report or contact the Department of Fish and Wildlife at 916.358.2900 if you are having problems with:
    • Nuisance turkeys or other wild fowl
    • Mountain lion or coyote sightings (view threat level definitions)
    • Injured deer or other large game
    To report dead fish or wildlife to the Department of Fish and Game go here.