Animals and Wildlife
Fish and Wildlife Advisory Commission (FWAC)
Providing assistance in the management of wildlife through education.
Visit these links for information on the control and management of common farm, garden and household pests:
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease was detected in a wild rabbit population for the first time in California in May 2020- California Fish and Wildlife Flyer
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) is a viral hemorrhagic disease that can affect both domesticated and wild rabbits.
The disease has an incubation period of 1-5 days and it may cause rabbits to die suddenly without showing any outward signs of illness. In some cases, rabbits may show fever, inappetence, lethargy, spasms, breathing difficulties, blue colored lips or mucous membranes, or bleeding from body cavities.
Rabbit owners should immediately contact the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Animal Health and Food Safety Services’ Animal Health Division at 916-900-5002 to report dead rabbits or rabbits with the noted symptoms.
To report dead wild rabbits or hares please contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Investigations Lab at 916-358-2790 or report online at:
For more information on RHD please visit the following links:
· CDFA Factsheet Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease
· CDFA Guidance on How to Keep Your Rabbits Safe from RHD
· United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) General Guidance for Disinfecting of RHD Contaminated Premises
· CDFA RHD Biosecurity Guidance for Veterinary Clinics Factsheet
Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) Outbreak in Backyard and Commercial Poultry in Southern California
Virulent Newcastle disease is a highly contagious and fatal disease of poultry and other birds.
Bird owners should immediately contact the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) hotline at 866-922-BIRD (2473) if they spot symptoms in their birds including: coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, tremors, twisting of the neck and sudden death.
The see current areas affected, please visit the Map of VND Detections or Table of VND Detections.
For more information and updates on VND and how to protect your flock please visit the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Animal Health and Food Safety Services, Animal Health Branch website.