Finding a dead animal inside of your house or on your property can be a jarring experience. Dead animals emit odors, attract insects, and can crawl into small nooks and crannies within your home. Where you live has a lot to do with your animal contact. For instance, those in Huntington Park, California, probably have Huntington Park Animal Control as one of their speed dials due to the number of rodents, raccoons, snakes, and opossums, while some areas with colder climates like Minnesota may have far less contact with rodents and opossums.
Living in LA, it can be easy to forget that California is one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the United States, if not the world. Across the beaches and mountains, the forests and deserts, 47 percent of mammal species living in the US can be found in California. And while you may not regularly see coyotes running down the 5, they still call LA County home — and sightings have been on the rise. If you have a pet, there are simple steps you can take to keep them safe from their wild relatives — starting with removing anything tempting, such as food, and knowing that your local Montebello animal control department is just a phone call away.