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Resources for reporting problems at the reserves. 

Dawson Los Monos Reserve

Trespass

Permitted users of the reserve enter in large groups on foot through the Buena Vista Park, and in small groups in vehicles via Dawson Drive. If you are concerned about trespass (or just curious), check the calendar to see whether approved users are scheduled. If you have concerns, call the Dawson Reserve Steward’s cell phone at (858) 395-4529 or the NRS office (858) 534-2077. If you don’t reach anyone, please send an email to nrs@ucsd.edu.

Emergencies

For emergencies that threaten life or property, please call 911.
This will put you in touch either with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, who police Vista, or the Carlsbad city police. This includes vandalism to the reserve. Other useful numbers are below:

  • Police, non-emergency: Vista Patrol Station - (760) 940-4551
  • Police, non-emergency: Carlsbad - (760) 931-2197
  • Crimestoppers Anonymous Tip Line - (888) 580-tips
  • Suspected Arson: Vista Fire Prevention Bureau - (760) 639-6140 – or Carlsbad Fire Dept. – (760) 931-2141
  • Illegal Dumping: Stormwater Pollution Prevention Hotline – (760) 726-1340 x1686 (Vista) or (760) 602-2799 (Carlsbad)
  • Dangerous Animals: North County Humane Society – (760) 757-4357
  • Downed Power Line: SDG&E: 1-800-411-7343

Elliott Chaparral Reserve

The Elliott Reserve is not patrolled by NRS or UCSD staff on a regular basis.  Therefore, please make all arrangements to be self-sufficient while there.

Emergencies

For emergencies that threaten life or property, please call 911.

This will put you in touch either with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, or the San Diego city police.  For other

  • Illegal Dumping into a watercourse, including surface flows: Regional Water Quality Control Board  –
  • Injured wild animals: Project Wildlife -- (619) 225-9453 or 225-9202
  • Dead/injured Wildlife: Ca. Dept. Fish and Wildlife – (858) 467-4201
  • Downed Power Line: SDG&E: 1-800-411-7343

Fire

If you see what looks like a fire in the immediate vicinity (within the main ridge and Case Valley, or just beyond) please call 911 immediately.  A follow-up call to the NRS office (858-534-2077), the manager (858-229-4677) or the steward (858-395-4529) would be appropriate. 

Other Emergencies

Please note that the emergency response agencies may not be familiar with the Elliott Reserve.  Please take a printed topographic map of the Reserve [PDF] with you to the field for orientation purposes.  If you have a GPS be prepared to inform responders your lat-long location.

If you are locked into the Elliott Reserve, please call one of the following numbers of the Animal Services personnel,

  • Monday-Friday, 7 am – 4 pm (858) 688-3044, or (858) 864-8451 or (858) 864-8449
  • After hours, call (858) 864-8453.  

You may also call the latter number if you need to set up your finger scan, which can be done at the entrance with an appointment during the week.

If your vehicle becomes stuck, please call the Reserve Steward during the week: (858)-395-4529.   There will be a charge of no less than $172.  Over the weekend, you will need to contact the AAA or similar service; call the NRS manager at (858) 229-4677 for assistance in getting the towing personnel to your location.

Trespass

If you are concerned about trespass (or just curious), check the calendar to see whether approved users are scheduled.  If you have concerns, call the NRS office (858) 534-2077 or manager’s cell phone (858) 229-4677.  If you don’t reach anyone, please send an email to nrs@ucsd.edu.

Military personnel, whether on foot, bicycle, vehicle, or horseback, do not have blanket permission to enter the Reserve.  Signs are posted along the boundary to this effect.    

Runners from Alliant University also do not have permission to enter, neither do others, especially if walking dogs. 

If you see any of these cases, you may ask the person in question whether they are aware that they are within the Reserve (it helps if you have a map and show them where you are), but you are not expected to.  In any case, please inform the NRS office as soon as possible.

Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh

Trespass

Permitted users of the reserve wear orange vests (at least one per small group.) If you are concerned about trespass (or just curious), check the calendar to see whether approved users are scheduled. If you have concerns, call the NRS office (858) 534-2077.

Injuries/accidents

  • San Diego Police – 911
  • San Diego Lifeguards – 619-221-8811 (dispatch)

Injured/stranded Animals

  • Project Wildlife – (619) 225-9453 or 225-9202
  • Sea World
    • Marine mammals and turtles: 800-541-7325
    • (619) 226 – 3900 (Birds Ext. 3836; Mammals Ext. 3893)
  • Natural Reserve System – (858) 534-2077

Dead Animals

  • Wildlife: Ca. Dept. Fish and Wildlife – (858) 467-4201
  • Domestic animals: Environmental Services at 858-694-7000 from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Scripps Coastal Reserve

The Scripps Coastal Reserve is an undeveloped natural area, with the scenic beauty, but also the dangers that are inherent in such a landscape. At the “Knoll” there are uneven paths, steep cliffs, spiny plants, and poisonous insects and snakes. Along the shoreline there are unstable bluffs, unpredictable waves, slippery rocks, stingrays, and rip currents. Please consider these and other potential dangers when visiting, always watch where you are going, and keep children close or under supervision.

Injuries

  • San Diego Lifeguards – 619-221-8811 (dispatch); 858-221-8877 (La Jolla Shores tower)
  • San Diego Police – 911
  • UCSD Police – 858-534-HELP (4357)

Poaching

Taking of any invertebrates in the Scripps Coastal Reserve is illegal. Only coastal pelagic bait fish (anchovies, sardines, etc.) may be taken with (very small) hook and line.

  • Lifeguards – 619-221-8811
  • CalTip Hotline (leave a message) – 1-888-DFG- CALTip (1-888-334-2258)
  • Injured/stranded Animals
  • Project Wildlife – (619) 225-9453 or 225-9202
  • Sea World 
    • Marine mammals and turtles: 800-541-7325
    • (619) 226 – 3900 (Birds Ext. 3836; Mammals Ext. 3893)
  • Natural Reserve System – (858) 534-2077
  • Dead Animals
  • Ca. Dept. Fish and Wildlife – (858) 467-4201
  • Southwest Fisheries Science Center/NOAA – 858-546-7162