Escondido, CA, residents encounter many wildlife pests such as coyotes, badgers, and raccoons. Coyotes venture onto private properties looking for food. While they're nocturnal and typically shy away from humans, their presence still puts people in danger because they'll attack with they feel threatened. They also prey on pets like cats and small dogs. Both badgers and raccoons hang out in yards and dig holes for burrows. This damages landscaping and may cause injuries if people unknowingly step into a den opening. Raccoons also spread diseases, most notably rabies and raccoon roundworm.