Letter to the Editor

Watch for wildlife

Pacific Wildlife Care volunteerApril 29, 2014 

It’s springtime and with it comes an opportunity to remind county residents about how to help our local wildlife, as this is also the time that Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) sees many cases.

You can help if you remember and remind others to:

1. Check shrubs and trees for any nests before doing any trimming (if there are, you’ll need to wait).

2. Check yards for ground nests before weed-whacking.

3. Leave fawns alone (keep pets and children away), because they are waiting their mother’s return. Call PWC if you know the mother is dead. Do not feed.

4. Do not trap mammals (opossums, raccoons, skunks) because they will then have to be killed (it’s illegal to trap and relocate wildlife). Doing so may cause babies to become orphans.

5. If you see young birds just learning to fly, keep pets indoors for a couple of days.

If you have any “nuisance” wildlife, PWC offers a Humane Exclusion Program. If you do find any orphaned or injured wildlife, please call 543-WILD (9453).

Thank you for helping PWC give wildlife a “second chance.”

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