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Posted on: March 20, 2017

Spring Is Here, and With It Comes Wildlife

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 20, 2017) — Spring is off to a gray start, but there’s a clear sign the season is here: wildlife.

With all of spring’s beauty and the fresh start it brings, we can’t forget about the critters and wildlife that also come out this time of year.

Residents across Southern California are starting to see more animals, including coyotes and snakes, in their neighborhoods and backyards.

While often harmless and skittish around people, encounters with local wildlife are a fact of life.

Here are basics to help keep you, your family and pets safe:

  • Closely supervise cats and small dogs when outdoors; keep them indoors if possible
  • Keep pet food indoors
  • Pick up fallen fruit from trees
  • Store trash in covered, heavy-duty containers
  • Remove potential shelter spots in your backyard, such as thick brush and weeds, and openings under porches and decks
  • Eliminate garbage, debris and lumber piles
  • Check fencing and eliminate access points to roof tops
  • Change automatic sprinkler settings regularly

The city of Anaheim works closely with OC Animal Care regarding wildlife concerns in our city. For more what you can do, visit

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