Wildlife

Overview

Wildlife

Overview

Identification & Information

A coyote slinks through a forest at twilight.

Many kinds of wild animals are found in San Mateo County, and most will occasionally enter urban and suburban neighborhoods in search of food, water, or shelter. These are a few of the species that may cause problems for residents of San Mateo County.

Overview

What You Can Do: Wildlife

An opossum peers between branches.

Wild animals are a natural part of the environment in San Mateo County. It is normal for these animals to pass through properties as they go about their lives among the humans who have moved into their habitat. Some species may even be protected by law.

However, wild animals that lose their fear of people can become a nuisance, destroy property, or even pose a risk to human health. Never encourage wildlife to linger around human residences by feeding or by allowing access to food sources, including garbage, pet food, or fallen fruit. 

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