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San Diego Humane Society

Small Mammals: Coexist with Wildlife

There are more than 30 species of small mammals in the San Diego area. Project Wildlife helps about 100 small mammals every year, including moles, voles, gophers, chipmunks and weasels. With the exception of the Kangaroo Rat, Project Wildlife does not rehabilitate mice and rat species. This is because these species can carry the Hantavirus that is still present in San Diego County and they are considered vector species.

The most common calls to Project Wildlife are about rodent/rat problems. Unfortunately, there are few humane ways of dealing with rodent populations and since they are a vector species, they are not rehabilitated by Project Wildlife. The key is prevention such as not feeding pets outside, keeping bird feeders clean, securing trash cans and blocking access to the building. Project Wildlife does not provide pest control services.

If you've found an injured animal and need information on where to take it, please call: (619) 299-7012  Please press option  #4.


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