Wildlife and Pet Concerns

Leave wildlife alone and report any that seem sick or in distress to animal control.   If you keep an eye on its movements from a safe distance we can evaluate it and remove any sick ones before they have a close encounter with pets or people.

February is month of love for animals too
     The skunks are out looking for girlfriends and as they compete for the territory and the girl skunk they my use their special powers of persuasion.  Not pleasant for us, but they will be going back into their holes in a couple weeks and the odors will subside.  This happens every February.  
     There are also calls for all types of wildlife activity as they look for mates and defend their territories.  Keep your pets on a leash or be out in the yard supervising them to limit wildlife interactions.  
     The next complaints will be when people start hearing noises in April as mothers give birth in chimneys, under sheds, in old garages.   Hopefully you made repairs before winter to prevent wildlife taking up residence in the attic or other locations for raising young.  It is much harder to evict an entire family.  

Secure buildings to prevent wildlife from sheltering in your home this winter.

With fall and cooler weather there is an increase of wildlife sightings.  The young have been sent off to find their own food, territory and prepare for winter housing.    Be sure the caps on chimneys are secure that rotten wood has been replaced especially along gutters and any out building like garages and sheds have doors and window in good repair and close properly.
    Animals that find these places to spend the winter will be having their young in these sames places come spring time.

Rodent poisons harmful to other wildlife

     Mice are a little harder to keep out.  putting steel wool in gaps and then calking can help prevent them from entering.  
      The problem with rat and mice poison is other animals may get into it and become sick or die.  The sick mice go outside and are eaten by birds of prey and they can also bleed out internally. 
      I have had several broad-wing and red-tail hawks on the ground suffering from rodentcide.   They were transported to Tufts Wildlife clinic for treatment.  Unfortunately several we sent to them did not recover.  There is one Red-tail hawk there now that seems to be responding to treatment  and hopefully we can bring it back to release it in its home territory.