Breeding Season - lots of Wildlife out and about
Every February the wildlife calls increase as people hear them fighting or smell the skunks which they didn't know were living under the shed. The males are out fighting over territory and looking for the females. It may be cold but for the next several weeks all the critters will be out looking for a mate and making a commotion so they are noticed by people. By the end of the month things quiet down again as the animals hunker down to survive the rest of the winter. In will be a couple months people will start hearing noise in an attic, chimney, crawl space as they realize the moms have delivered their babies. I encourage people to be sure any access under decks or openings into attics are secure. It is easier to evict one or two adults than to try to evict an entire family once the babies are
Mallard with fishing lure attached
Update - 6/7/14 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!!!
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