Costa Mesa's coyotes

Costa Mesa Coyote Education Video

Coyote sightings and attacks on pets in Costa Mesa have been on the rise in recent months. The City has implemented a Coyote Management plan and offers the following tips and effective coyote strategies to help curb the coyote problem.

Human / bear conflict hot spots

Conservationists predict bear/human conflict hot-spots in new study

A new study by WCS, American Museum of Natural History, and other partners uses long term data on bear mortality to map high-probability hot-spots for human-bear conflicts. The authors say this is a critical tool for wildlife ...

Bees harmed by Zika Pesticides

Honeybees at risk from Zika pesticides

Zika - which can cause severe brain defects in unborn children - is spread by mosquitoes, so the insects are being targeted in the southern US where Zika-carrying mosquito species live.

Entire pesticide should be banned

Ban entire pesticide class to protect children's health, experts say

Evidence is 'compelling' that organophosphates increase risk of reduced IQs, memory and attention deficits, and autism for prenatal children

Look what can happen

Look what can happen in one afternoon!

On August 7th, a group of Carmel Valley Garden Club members, Tom Gano, Greg Thompson, Bob Byrne, Ed Morrow, Dean Hatfied, and John Brocco, gathered at Ed Dickson's house to build a few barn owl nest boxes. 

Using Humane Wildlife Control's unique design, the men constructed 6 owl nest boxes by the end of the day. Peggy Dickson provided refreshments and lunch.

Barn owls are excellent hunters. They predate mostly on small rodents - mice, rats, gophers and voles. Once established, they are fairly sedentary and will remain in an area their entire life, producing an average of 4-6 chicks every year - sometimes twice a year.

One barn owl chick can consume the equivalent of 12 mice per night, so having a pair of resident barn owls on your property is a great way to control rodent populations naturally. 

Contact us for instructions on building a suitable Barn Owl Nest Box or for installation pricing.

This Maserati had 'possums inside...

This afternoon we received a call about opossums in a car at a body shop in Morgan Hill. Workers needed the animals removed before they could make the necessary repairs.

Apparently, two young opossums had made a nice nest in the engine compartment while the car was not in use.

When we arrived, the local animal control was just leaving (empty handed).

Workers at the shop were extremely helpful in assisting us in locating the marsupials. We had the car lifted and the shields removed. One ran out during the process, and was captured. The other was found hiding on top of the exhaust pipes.

We had help from mechanics who used pressurized air to encourage the animal in our direction.

Both animals were released that evening in their home territory.