Reporting Dead Animals and Living with Wildlife

To report sick or injured wildlife, contact:

Peninsula Humane Society
(650) 340-8200

To report or dispose of dead animals:

You can to place small, dead animals (i.e. birds, squirrels, gophers, etc.) found on your private property in a bag for regular garbage pickup. 

Larger animals found on private property cannot be placed in the garbage.  You can call an animal removal company or bring the animals to the Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA 24/7 for disposal. Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA  will pick up domestic animals and wild animals, excluding deer, on private property. They charge to pick up wild animals and owned domestic animals. They will pick up stray domestic animals for free.

Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA will pick up any dead animals on the street for free. 

Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA will not pick up dead animals from freeways: 101, 280, Highway 84 (Woodside Road), Highway 35 (Skyline Blvd.), Highway 82 (El Camino Real).  Freeway pick-ups are handled by Caltrans: 650.358.4127.

Wildlife information:

deerDeer are herbivores often active in the early morning and at night. They are friendly visitors to your property until they begin to eat roses and plants in your garden. Deer are commonly found in residential areas near canyons, agricultural areas, woods and open space. 

To prevent deer from disrupting your garden consider building fences, planting items that are known to be deer-resistant, and carefully using repellents. A guide to gardening can be requested from the California Department of Fish and Game. Contact your local nursery for tips as well.

For detailed information and prevention tips, please visit the Additional Resources websites.

Mountain LionMountain lions are classified as a specially protected mammal in the State of California. They are extremely fast and generally solitary animals. Mountain lions often hunt in the evenings and are attracted to deer, domestic animals, and other small mammals.

Building fences of heavy woven wire and clearing brush and trees may prevent mountain lions from entering your property.  All mountain lion sighting should be reported to the California Department of Fish and Game

For detailed information and prevention tips please visit the Additional Resources websites.

OpossumOpossums are nocturnal creatures who eat just about anything. When opossums feel threatened, they may roll over on their side and salivate or play dead.  If the opossum freezes and won’t move, especially during the day, wait about 2 hours for the animal to leave on its own and ensure that they have an escape route. If you encounter an opossum, do not attempt to trap or touch the animal. Opossums have sharp teeth and a bad temper.

Opossums are attracted to areas that provide them with easy access to food, water, and shelter. Removing these will help to deter the animals from coming onto your property. Other actions that you may want to take to encourage them to vacate your property include: feeding your pet during the day and removing all traces of pet food from the exterior, using metal garbage cans with a thick rubber strap to keep the lid secured, removing water dishes at night, placing ammonia stations around your yard, screen entrances into your home, fence in areas that they are attracted to, and make noise or keep outdoor lights on at night.

For detailed information and prevention tips please visit the Additional Resources websites.

RaccoonRaccoons are nocturnal animals that roam to find food. Raccoons enjoy small mammals, fish and crayfish in the spring and acorns, seeds, insects, other invertebrates, fruits and vegetables the rest of the year. They do not fear humans.

Preventative measures can be taken to discourage raccoons from living on your property. Using screens to block entrances to your home, covering holes in eaves, placing ammonia stations around your yard, picking up pet food dishes before dark, using metal garbage cans with lids that are secured with a thick rubber strap with hooks on the ends, wire fencing around ponds and bodies of water are some of the measures that you can take now to deter raccoons.

For detailed information and prevention tips please visit the Additional Resources websites.

SkunkSkunks are generally shy, non aggressive and nocturnal creatures. Skunks generally hunt at night for insects, small rodents, poultry, eggs, nesting birds, fruit, pet food and garbage. Skunks often seek shelter in wood piles, animal burrows, culverts, under houses, decks and sheds. With little acceptance you can learn to live with skunks, just be sure not to alarm them. However, there are instances, especially with young children or pets, where living with skunks is not possible.  Confrontations with pets often results in the pet being sprayed or bitten.

Skunks are attracted to areas by the availability of food, water and shelter. By removing pet food and water bowls, keeping tight lids on garbage cans, eliminating rodents, blocking crawl spaces and openings, and cleaning up wood piles and brush, skunks may be discouraged. 

For detailed information and prevention tips please visit the Additional Resources websites.