Although many residents may not be aware of it, the State of California’s pet ownership laws are among the strictest in the United States. Along with the expected illegalities of owning exotic pets like bears and lions, the Golden State also prohibits ownership of other animal species that may not be so obvious. We reveal 5 of these species below.
Most people will recognize a skunk’s distinct black fur that contains two white stripes going down their back. This skunk variety is known as Mephitis mephitis and is the most common type of skunk found in Los Angeles. Spilogale putorius skunks are Mephitis mephitis’ smaller spotted counterparts that are less prevalent in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles features a diverse wildlife population that you can cross paths with during any given week. These wildlife encounters may initially inspire panic—but don’t worry. Knowing the different types of wild animals that inhabit Los Angeles, their behaviors, and how you can address a wildlife infestation will help facilitate a proper response to an encounter.