How can I help prevent invasive species introductions?
Released pets can disrupt native animal populations by hunting, introduction of diseases and competition for food, nest or den sites. Instead of releasing an unwanted pet into the wild, one can:
- Donate your pet to a PUBLIC PLACE:
a nature museum, aquarium, school, community center, or nursing home.
- Give your pet to PEOPLE:
your family, friends, neighbors, or other hobbyists.
- Contact your PET STORE for advice:
some pet stores may actually allow you to return your pet.
- For aquarium owners: www.habitattitude.net
- Buy pets from reputable dealers that follow the laws regarding species that are restricted in California.
- Manual explaining processes
and requirements for obtaining permits for the possession of restricted species.
Includes a list of the species that are regulated by these laws.
- California Department of Boating and Waterways, Boating Clean and Green Campaign:
- Help stop the spread of New Zealand Mudsnails (and other invasive species):
- Protect your waters – Stop aquatic hitchhikers:
- California Department of Water Resources – Zebra Mussel Watch
- 100th Meridian Initiative: www.100thmeridian.org/
- San Francisco Estuary Project’s Clean Boating Resources