Wildlife and Domestic Animal Resources
Following a wildfire, both domesticated animals and wildlife will be displaced. Be cautious around your home as well as while out and about, as you may encounter more wildlife than normal.
Here are some things to keep in mind about wildlife after a wildfire:
- Do not feed the animals because it will make them dependent on humans.
- Leaving food out could create more problems such as spreading disease, attracting predators, and wildlife aggression.
- Do not scare the animals away, allow them to rest and continue their journey to find a new habitat.
- Keep your pets on a leash or inside to avoid conflict situations with wildlife.
- A young animal may not be orphaned, please leave young animals in the wild. The parents of the young animal may be nearby.
Injured wildlife should be left alone in most cases, well-meaning people trying to help an animal may actually hurt the animal’s chance of returning to normal. You should not try to capture wild animals, if you determine an animal needs care, contact the resources listed below.
Domesticated Animals and Livestock
Animals can also experience health issues and shock as a result of wildfires. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, symptoms of smoke exposure include irritation of the eyes, nasal discharge, coughing, difficulty breathing, weakness, and reduced appetite. Checking the air quality index daily can help manage the negative side effects. Any reading above 150 is unhealthy and protective measures should be taken. If possible, keep animals indoors to avoid conflict with wildlife that may be passing through.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Be aware of your animal’s presence around debris and protect them from stirring up ash and contacting potential hazardous materials.
- Whenever possible, keep animals indoors where the air quality is better than outdoors.
- Limit outdoor exercise of animals when smoke is present.
- Change water bowls outside regularly to keep ash and contaminates from collecting in containers.
- Limit dust exposure by feeding low-dust or dust-free feeds whenever possible and regularly sprinkling or mistling the livestock area.
- Contact a veterinarian if you notice your pet is sick.
Should you see injured wildlife, contact Fish and Wildlife at 209-742-7008
For domesticated animals that are injured or displaced, call a veterinarian or Animal Control at 209-966-3615
Emergency Animal Disposal Guidance Website https://calepa.ca.gov/disaster/animals/
- Mariposa SPCA - 209-966-5275
- International SPCA - 1-855-622-7722
- Agriculture Commissioner, Monica Nielson - 209-966-2075