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Animals and Birds You Should Not Handle

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Gray Fox © Ashley Kinney

© Ashley Kinney

© Ashley Kinney

Black-tailed Deer © Ashley Kinney

Peregrine Falcon © Jen Constantin

Cormorant © Ashley Kinney

Screech Owls © Ashley Kinney

There are certain animals and birds in our area that should only be handled by trained individuals.
These animals can be dangerous if transported by someone who has not had training, and you can often cause more harm than good by trying to catch and transport them yourself.

Raccoons, Foxes, Coyotes, and Bobcats


I found a baby animal

  • Please do not handle or feed the animal!
  • Call WCSV at (408)929-9453


I found an injured animal

  • Please do not handle, feed, or transport the animal!
  • In San Jose, Milpitas, Los Gatos, Cupertino, or Saratoga:
    Call: San Jose Animal Care and Services at (408)794-7297. They will transport the animal to WCSV- it is not safe for you to handle or transport.
  • In Santa Clara, Campbell, Monte Sereno, or Mountain View:
    Call: Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority at (408)730-7178. They will transport the animal to WCSV- it is not safe for you to handle or transport.
  • In the Unincorporated Areas of Silicon Valley:
    Call Santa Clara County Animal Control at (408)201-0660. They will transport the animal to WCSV- it is not safe for you to handle or transport.
  • For any area not listed here:
    Call WCSV at (408)929-9453. We can help you find the contact information you will need!

Deer

I found a fawn with spots

  • Please do not handle or feed the animal!
  • Call WCSV at (408)929-9453

I found an injured deer without spots

  • Please do not handle, feed, or transport the animal!
  • Call the Caltip line for California Department of Fish & Wildlife at (888) 334-2258

Bats

Anytime you have found a bat, DO NOT TOUCH. Keep children and pets away from the area, and please call WCSV at (408)929-9453.

Birds of Prey and Large Waterfowl

These birds include: Hawks, falcons, Eagles, Owls, Herons, Egrets, Cormorants, and Canada Geese.

I found a baby bird of prey

  • Please do not handle or feed the bird!
  • Call WCSV at (408)929-9453
  • If you find the bird after our office hours, please wait until you can reach trained staff at WCSV. It’s safest for you, and ultimately for the bird as well.

I found an injured bird of prey
Make sure that the bird is injured without touching it by checking for:

  • Blood
  • A drooping wing
  • Wing(s) held out away from body constantly
  • Obvious leg injury
  • Hit a window over 45 minutes ago
  • The bird has been captured by a cat or dog

If any of the above factors are present please take the following steps:

  • Please do not handle, feed, or transport the bird!
  • In San Jose, Milpitas, Los Gatos, Cupertino, or Saratoga:
    Call: San Jose Animal Care and Services at (408)794-7297. They will transport the animal to WCSV- it is not safe for you to handle or transport.
  • In Santa Clara, Campbell, Monte Sereno, or Mountain View:
    Call: Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority at (408)764-0344. They will transport the animal to WCSV- it is not safe for you to handle or transport.
  • In the Unincorporated Areas of Silicon Valley:
    Call Santa Clara County Animal Control at (408) 201-0660. They will transport the animal to WCSV- it is not safe for you to handle or transport.
  • For any area not listed here:
    Call WCSV at (408)929-9453. We can help you find the contact information you will need!

These animals and birds are visiting my yard
Our Coexisting with Wildlife website has a lot of helpful information concerning how to live with our wild neighbors. You can also call us at (408)929-9453.

Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley
3027 Penitencia Creek Road
San Jose, CA 95132
1-408-929-9453 (929-WILD)
info@wcsv.org

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