Urban Wildlife is an important part of our environment. The Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. (IVHS) does not advocate trapping, removal, relocation or eradication of healthy wildlife. Wildlife experts agree that removing wildlife from the urban environment creates a hole in the ecosystem for other similar animals to fill. Relocation to other areas is not recommended because it is generally a death sentence for the animal being introduced, and it may spread parasites or diseases to the animals already living there. IVHS encourages the public to learn more about wildlife and appreciate its existence.
We live in an area filled with many different types of wildlife. Through our wildlife program, we discuss the types of animals in the area, their habits and their diets. Our trained staff offers solutions for wildlife problems often encountered in our area. Safety issues are also covered, including bite prevention and rabies. Rattlesnake, mountain lion and bear safety are included in the presentation.
All the wildlife mentioned in the tips section has the potential to carry rabies. This is a virus which can only be transmitted through a bite which breaks the skin or comes in contact with bodily fluids of an infected animal. Rabies may affect you as well as your family pet.
Some symptoms of a rabid animal include the inability to drink water, frothing at the mouth, a staggered walk or walking in circles and even the tendency for a normally gentle pet to act vicious. If you or your animals have come in contact with wildlife that results in a bite or contact with bodily fluids, please report it immediately. The Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. and the Health Department monitor any possibly rabies situation very carefully. For their protection, all adult dogs and cats should be vaccinated against rabies once every 3 years unless recommended otherwise by your veterinarian.
Coyotes are attracted to areas that have available food, water and housing. If you live in an area with a known coyote presence, such as foothill communities, supervise your pets and young children while they are outside. For more information, please check out the brochure below.