Please keep wildlife wild! Feeding wild animals endangers both the animals and people who encounter them.

Wildlife in our Parks

Conduct in all public parks is subject to all the general police regulations of the City of Tacoma as well as to Chapter 8.27 of the Tacoma Municipal Code. Violations are civil infractions that can result in immediate citation with fines and removal from the park.

According to Tacoma Municipal Code 8.27.130 it is unlawful to feed any bird or animal in a park. Citations carry fines.

If you see a violation please call the police non-emergency number: (253) 798-4721

Don't feed the animals. Here's why:

  • Feeding does more harm than good. The animals’ behavior changes.
  • Raccoons will stay active during the day even though they are nocturnal. They learn to approach humans for food – and they can be aggressive.
  • Canada geese will completely change their migratory habits and take up permanent residence when conditioned by routine feeding.
  • Raccoons frequently bite people who are feeding them. Raccoon bites can cause very serious injury and can lead to medical evaluation for rabies post exposure treatment.
  • Children can pick up roundworms through exposure to raccoon feces; leptospirosis in raccoon urine contaminates water and soil where kids may play.
  • On land, goose excrement provides a breeding ground for E Coli. Geese scatter their waste through picnic and play areas as they travel confidently toward people who offer bread and other foods.
  • Add to those risks the dangers of raccoons getting too close to moving cars. The results are often deadly for raccoons.
  • Wild raccoons can easily forage for themselves and stay healthier doing so.

Marine Mammal Stranding Network

  • To report a dead, injured or stranded marine mammal, please call: 1-866-767-6114
  • For law enforcement, harassments, and other violations, please call: 1-800-853-1964

If you see a stranded marine mammal

  • Approach no closer than a distance of 100 yards.
    This will minimize the potential for disturbing a resting animal and/or reduce stress for an animal that may be recovering from illness or injury.
  • Dogs should be leashed and kept away from seals on the beach.
    Baby seals can easily fall prey to dogs. Older seals may bite in self defense. Some diseases are infectious to dogs, seals, and humans.
  • A minimum undisturbed observation period of 24-48 hours is recommended to determine whether a pup is being attended by a female.
    Seal pups need time ashore. Mother seals will not return if people or dogs are nearby. The pup’s best chance at survival is to be left alone on the beach. Please stay at least 100 yards away from seal pups. Signs of an attendant female would include sightings of seal(s) in the water nearby, tracks near the pup, and movement of the pup up or down the beach or in and out of the water.
  • Do not handle, cover, pour water on, or attempt to feed seal pups.
    Feeding seals in the wild is a form of harassment and is harmful. Seals that are fed by humans quickly learn to seek humans for feeding opportunities. Unfortunately, the next dead fish they find may have a hook in it.

Animal and wildlife agency phone numbers

Dogs

  • Animal Care & Control (253) 627-7387 or 911
    • Animal bites
    • Aggressive animals
    • Injured or sick animals
    • Found animals
    • Animal cruelty or welfare
    • Stray animal pick-up
    • Other services requiring a timely response
  • Humane Society (253) 383-2733
    Shelter for local animals

Wild Animals

Injured Wild Animals