Keep Me Wild Updated:08/2013

California’s wild animals are falling victim to unnecessary conflict and even death for a surprising reason – increasing access to human food and garbage. The problem seems to get worse every year, as California’s human population continues to grow and expand into wildlife habitat.
The Keep Me Wild campaign was launched by the California Department of Fish and Game in 2003 to address the growing conflicts between black bears and people. Today the campaign provides tips for keeping deer, coyotes, mountain lions and wild turkeys away from your home, and advice on what to do if you encounter one of these wild animals.  Information also provided for kit fox and wild pig.
You Can Help
Many people do not realize the harm in feeding wildlife. You can help spread the word by printing the educational materials on this Web site and giving them to friends, neighbors, and anyone else who shares the habitat with wildlife. For larger quantities:
  • email a request to, or
  • call the California Department of Fish and Wildlife,  (916) 322-8911.

Contact Keep Me Wild


Contact Keep Me Wild

California Department of Fish and Game
1416 9th Street, 12th Floor
Sacramento, CA  95814
Phone: (916) 445-0411

Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • California