Wildlife and Pet Concerns

This Sat.  Aug. 18, 2019  I will be set up at Unleased by Petco on Linden St.  from 1:30 - 3:30 PM.  Stop by to have questions answered,  visit cats ready for adoption or learn about helping foster pets for the SafePetsSavePeople program


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.



Injury Updates 


Hawks:
The one with fishing lure was treated and able to be released at the end of May.
The one with broken shoulder was treated and gained enough strength to be released by on the North 40 by the community gardens in July.
It is a thrill when the wildlife that was rescued can be released back into their original territory!
 

Common Seasonal Calls


Bats August is when young bats leave mom and take a wrong turn into peoples homes. Many bats die from White Nose Syndrome so we do not want to kill them unless necessary.  If you find a bat in the house do not let it out.  First speak to Animal Control Officer or Public Health.  If someone is sleeping or incapacitated we can not rule out contact and would want to have the bat tested for rabies.

Fledgelings will look like they have all their feathers and are hopping around on the ground.  People think they must be hurt, but they just came out the nest a little early and need to practice before flying off.  Mom and dad birds will both feed them on the ground until they are ready to take off in a day or two.

Fox and Coyote Lots of baby animals are appearing around town.  Many sightings of fox with kits playing.  Now fox and coyote young are starting to hunt for themselves and may be out day and night learning to catch dinner. 

Do not feed wildlife as then they become dependent on people for food.  Enjoy them from a safe distance and if they are too comfortable in your yard, then make your self known and harass them so they learn to avoid people.

Fish As people enjoy the nice weather many go out to fish.  When lines are tangled people leave them behind.  This is dangerous for the wildlife that gets tangled int discarded fishing line.   I have had to rescue too many animals and remove the fishing line that was wrapped around a limb.  Without our intervention they could have lost a limb or died.

Mass. Fisheries and Wildlife has info on problem wildlife issues as well as the Univ. of Nebraska has a good website on solving wildlife conflicts.  Some of their methods are not allowed in Mass.  We don't have the environment to legally discharge a firearm; the use of certain types of traps are restricted and moving the problem animal is illegal.  Also removing the animal only leaves the territory open for relatives to move in, so fix the access routes into the home before relatives show up.

3 red tail

Fishing lures can be dangerous to wildlife. The this hawk had hooks in its beak, wing and talon so that it could not move. It was taken to Tufts Wildlife Clinic for care and rehabilitation and was released back into the wild at the end of May.