Wellesley Town Offices
Current Pet or Wildlife Concern
Found 4/12/14 Bates School area parakeet april 2014.jpg                         

   4112014_80129_0.jpgstill missing 4/14/14  seen in area Woodside Ave/ Overbrook Dr.
Missing Chihuahua mix,  7-10 pounds, Black/brown.  just brought up from Tenn.  Escaped 4/3/14
sighted 4/7 on Bacon St./Natick
sighted 4/8  Rt. 9 by McDonalds
sighted 4/8 Rt. 9 by Oak St. Auto Zone-Natick
Sighted 4/9 at 6pm along Rt. 9 by Jarvis Appiance-Wellesley
Sighted 4/10 at 11am along Rt. 9 /Weston Rd.-Wellesley
Sighted 4/10 at 8pm along Rt. 9/Weston Rd.-Wellesley
4/14  Rt. 135/ Rt. 16  Wellesley Library
4/15 8am  Rt. 9 / Weston Rt. cloverleaf

Do Not Chase - report sightings- date/time/location/direction dog is headed.

Wildlife babies are arriving now

Hear a noise in the attic, chimney?  have a broken window in the garage or shed?  Have an open crawl space under a deck or shed?  These are all great places for wildlife to call home.  If you didn't black off these entrances you may find mom coming and going soon as she is actively looking for food for herself and her young.  As winter finally comes to an end people will be out doing yard clean up and enjoying the outdoors again.  This means more encounters with wildlife.  Most will move away from people if they have a chance. If they are sick and acting like they are begging for food, having seizures or other neurological symptoms then please call so I can be radio dispatched to remove the sick animal before people or pets interact with them.

Mallard with fishing lure attached
Update - 3/7/14 a volunteer picked up the male mallard from Tufts Wildlife Clinic and brought him back to Lake Waban where he immediately flew out of the box and back to join his friends!!!
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This male mallard was found by Davis Museum at Wellesley College.  Unable to fly, cold and weak a campus police officer picked up the duck and called Animal Control for help.   Dr. Hartman at Wellesley Animal Hospital on Weston Rd. found the lure and advised that it should go to the wildlife clinic for treatment.  I called down a list of people who had said they would transport wildlife if available.  One volunteer came to the police station and transported the duck to Tufts Wildlife clinic so it could be treated and once healthy enough, released back into the wild.
        If you are around during the day and might be available call Animal Control 781-235-8460 so we can add you info to our wildlife transport list.

Coyotes (and Fisher) are always around.

The coyote and fisher parents are kicking out the teenagers to hunt on their own.  Like every Aug. we are receiving more calls for lost pets, especially cats.  We have found an increase in deceased cats killed and eaten by coyotes or fisher.  To protect your pet, keep them inside.  If they go out (especially small pets) they need direct supervision to keep them safe.

Some people assume a cat will climb a tree, but that is not an escape route from a fisher which is an excellent climber.

  Wildlife do become more active at certain times of the year.  In the spring when the parents are hunting to feed their young and (now) late summer as the teenagers start going out on their own and again in the fall as they prepare for winter.  

Coyotes are tall and lean and so able to jump fences with ease.  Unfortunately, recently, one jumped into a yard and ran off with and killed a small dachshund.  I encourage people to look before letting their pet out, even in a fenced yard, to be sure no wildlife is cutting through the yard.  I recently had my own dog find an opossum balancing on the top of the fence.  Owners presence can deter wildlife especially coyotes.  Even when a coyote has grabbed a pet the owners presence and response to yell and run toward them has caused the coyote to drop the pet so the owners could take it to the veterinarian for treatment and recovery. Those people who were inside the house were not fast enough to get outside to rescue their pet.

Assume wildlife is always around, but know they want to avoid you as much as you don't want them interacting with yourself.  If a wild animal is acting like a pet, begging for food- that is a red flag.  If it is attacking inanimate objects like car tires or a branch blowing in the breeze - another red flag and we want to know about it so we can remove that animal before it hurts a pet, person or passes the disease onto other wildlife.

ACO Sue Webb  781-235- 8460  or for immediate dispatch 781-235-1212