COVID-19 Update: Wildlife Services
Attention! On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20. This Executive Order provided a stay at home order for the citizens of California, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors. In response, the USDA Wildlife Services Deputy Administrator has set guidelines for field operations that are restricted to “must do" categories. The Wildlife Services (WS) is authorized to conduct field work where WS is directly reducing wildlife damage to protect agricultural resources. The WS specialists will no longer be servicing traps in the urban areas of the county. The WS specialists will still be responding to phone calls and providing technical assistance to the public that reside in urban environments who are experiencing nuisance wildlife damage to property.
The following have been considered “must do" by the USDA Wildlife Services Deputy Administrator:
· Airport wildlife hazard management (public safety)
· Livestock protection from predators (livelihood support during lambing and calving seasons).
· Large predator attack on humans' responses (public safety): State wide response to coyotes, bears, mountain lion, when requested and in collaboration with CA Department of Fish and Wildlife.
· Wildlife disease surveillance and suppression (to track and/or control any additional emerging disease, including zoonotic).
· Wildlife damage control actions to protect public/human safety: Wildlife specialists will respond to public and human safety events such as rabies outbreaks or strange acting animal calls.
· Roadways and other transportation infrastructures from immediate threats (example, beaver dam removal to protect roadways and railways).
· Protection of Federal threatened and endangered species.
Wildlife Services is a cooperative program between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Sacramento County and is responsible for the control of non-domestic animals, such as skunks, opossums, raccoons, beavers, coyotes, and damaging birds that pose a threat to human or animal health and safety, or cause damage to property or livestock.
- There is a small fee for the service to help offset the program expenses.
- To contact the Wildlife Specialist assigned to Sacramento County call (916) 875-6603 Monday - Thursday between the hours of 7:30am and 8:30am.
- Please note: As of January 1, 2020, Wildlife Services will no longer service wildlife traps owned by property owners, residents or businesses. All traps must be owned by the USDA and placed and serviced by Wildlife Services Specialists. There will be no exceptions.