California is home to a variety of native small rodent species, including gophers, voles, mice, and woodrats. Small rodents are found in rural, suburban, and urban areas. Native rodent diets are diverse and may include seeds, nuts, plants, fungi, insects, other animals, and pet food or trash. Native rodents provide many ecosystem benefits as nutrient and seed dispersers and serve as a key food source for other animals. Native small rodents may cause concern due to property damage or as a source of human health concerns.
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