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“Hi there, I want to encourage owls in my backyard. Should I put up an owl box for them? Where’s the best place for it? Thanks!”
Julie, Carpinteria - April 16, 2018

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“Dear Curator, I saw a snake in my yard. It didn’t rattle, but I think it was a rattlesnake. The head looked pretty triangular. What should I do if it comes back?”
Diego, Santa Barbara - April 16, 2018

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“Help! I found a little snake in my house! It was olive green with a red band around the neck and a bright red underside. Never seen one before around here. Is this some kind of exotic invader? I feel...”
Ted, Goleta - April 16, 2018

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“Hello Curators, I have rats at my house. :( I don’t want to use poison because I know that can make predators sick when they eat poisoned animals. What can I do? Thanks for your help.”
Nicole, Santa Barbara - April 16, 2018

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“I have some bats living in the wall of my garage.  I am replacing the siding on the garage and need to relocate them.  What is the best thing to do?  ”
Bruce, Mission Canyon - April 18, 2018

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“Hello, My work colleague found what appears to be a very tiny nest. I have attached 2 photos. Can you tell us what sort of creature built such a nest? And is the museum interested in taking the nest...”
Suzanne, Santa Barbara - May 23, 2018

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“We have a wildlife camera in our yard on the Riviera and captured these two critters the night of 7/21. (See the face of #2 at the lower left edge of the photo.) Not enough tail for bobcat, not enough...”
Leslie, Santa Barbara's Riviera - July 22, 2018

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