Human-Wildlife Conflicts: Aquatic Wildlife

harbor seal laying on rocks

California is home to many diverse species that primarily reside in water, including marine mammals such as sea otters and sea lions. Aquatic wildlife and marine mammals, such as sea lions and seals, provide many ecosystem services and are an important part of the food chain. Marine mammals are protected by State and Federal laws such as the Marine Life Protection Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act. It is unlawful to "take" any marine mammal including to harass, disturb, feed, capture, injure or hunt.

Prevent Potential Conflicts

Potential conflicts with these animals may occur due to property damage, human health or safety, or animal welfare concerns. Human disturbance can cause injury, entanglements, disease, habituation, avoidance, or site abandonment while raising young.

Wildlife Health Lab
1701 Nimbus Road Suite D, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 358-2790 |