Living with wildlife

Wildlife advice: 

* Know what animals are local in your area and their habits. 

* learn breeding times (mainly spring) 

* Look for potential entry points. Look for chewing, digging, tracks, scat, and urine marks 

* Make repairs to entry points in your home during fall and winter when there are no young. In the spring, call a professional like Critter Care. Never seal any entry point until you are positive there are no animals inside. 

* Secure lids of trash cans

* Secure any food, human or animal in metal containers with lids. Bring in pet food and water bowls at dusk 

* Close and lock et doors at night 

* Store firewood in your garage or shed. Outside, it's a perfect habitat for wildlife 

* Check for loose and missing vents around your home 

* Pick up fallen friut from frees daily

In nature, babies are born in the spring because the weather is mild, days get longer and resources are plentiful for mother and baby. 

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We have received reports of coyotes in the Hayward Area. Sulphur Creek Nature Center and the Department of Fish and Wildlife advised us to leave the animals alone, as they do not pose a threat. Coyotes are smart and have learned to live comfortably alongside us in our residential neighborhoods.

For more information about coexisting with wildlife, please visit the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife’s website at: https://wildlife.ca.gov/Living-with-Wildlife

* Residential neighborhood coyote sightings can be emailed to the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife's Environmental Scientist at Rebecca.carniello@wildlife.ca.gov.

Common snakes in the bay area 

Pacific Gopher Snake 
Harmless

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Adults are typically 4 to 5 ft. long.
Hatchlings are around 15 inches long

Probably the most commonly seen snake in our area.

Found in many habitats - grassland, chaparral, agricultural, riparian, woodlands, from sea level to the mountains. Often confused with rattlesnakes, but the tail is long and thin with no rattle

Garter snake 
Harmless

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18 to 43 inches long.

Diurnal. Common in wetland areas.

Common and conspicuous. Abundant in some areas.

Found in grassland, mixed woodland, forest, dunes, and brushland. Most likely to be found near water.

 

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake 
Venomous

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Adults are typically 3 to 4 feet long.

Nocturnal and crepuscular in hot temperatures, and also diurnal during moderate temperatures.

Common and conspicuous.

Found in many habitats, including seaside dunes, scrub, grasslands, rocky hillsides, chaparral, open woodlands, and agricultural fields.

No longer present in most developed areas.

Although most snakes found in California are harmless, the northern pacific rattlesnake can deliver a venomous bite if provoked. Its coloration allows it to blend in with the soil, providing excellent camouflage. Rattlesnakes and gopher snakes have similar coloration, therefore rattlesnakes are often mistaken for its harmless cousin. Therefore, use caution and avoid any snake you see in the wild.

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Hayward Animal Services does not go out for nuisance wildlife, but here are a few companies that do:

Humane Wildlife Control

1-855-5-HUMANE or 1-855-548-6263

https://humanecontrol.com/

 

Oakland Critter Control

510-880-3629

 https://www.crittercontrol.com/office-finder/california/oakland

 

All N One Pest Eliminators

925-478-4254

oakland@wildlife-removal.com

http://www.wildlife-removal.com/city/CA-Oakland.htm

 

Allstate Animal Control

510-276-2271

https://www.allstateanimalcontrol.com/cities.php?city=Hayward&state=California

Vector Control

https://acvcsd.org/request-service/

Other Resources for wildlife 

East Bay Regional Park District 

1-888- EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757

https://www.ebparks.org/

 

Ohlone Humane Society 

510-792-4587

https://ohlonehumanesociety.org/

 

California Department of Fish and Wildlife 

916-445-0411

https://wildlife.ca.gov/

Sulphur Creek Nature Center

510-881-6747

https://haywardrec.org/1991/HARD-Nature-Centers

Lindsay Wildlife 

925-6598156

https://lindsaywildlife.org/