Keep Me Wild

Wild animals don’t need your handouts.
They need your respect.

Whether you live in a city or a rural part of California, wild animals are your neighbors. They naturally fear humans and keep their distance – so long as they remain fully wild. Be a good steward of wildlife. Stash food and trash.

It’s a People Problem, Not a Wildlife Problem

California’s wild animals are falling victim to unnecessary conflict and even death for a surprising reason – increasing access to human food and garbage. As California’s human population continues to grow and expand into wildlife habitat, human/wildlife interactions will too.

The Keep Me Wild campaign provides tips for keeping deer, coyotes, mountain lions, wild turkeys and other various species of wildlife away from your home, and advice on what to do if you encounter a wild animal.

You Can Help

Many people do not realize the harm in feeding wildlife. You can help spread the word by downloading and printing outreach materials and giving them to friends, neighbors, and anyone else who shares the habitat with wildlife. For larger quantities, email a request to or call CDFW at (916) 322-8911.

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