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5 Action Steps to Prevent Wildlife Injuries

By Joanna Fitzgerald |von Arx Wildlife Hospital, Director

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Don’t litter, but pick up litter if you see it.

Animals get tangled up or ingest items that can be deadly such as plastic bottles and lids, six-pack rings, plastic bags, fishing tackle and old pieces of carpet or netting.

Prevent your pet cats and dogs from attacking and/or playing with wildlife.

Don’t allow dogs to run without supervision and raise cats indoors. Many injured ani­mals are brought to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital with fatal wounds from dog or cat attacks. Keeping pets indoors also keeps them safe from wildlife that may carry disease.

Use non-toxic and humane rodent control methods.

Nestling hawks and owls can become gravely ill if their parents feed them rodents that have ingested rat or mice poison. Glue traps are indiscriminant killers and can cause devastating injuries to any birds or small mammals that touch the glue.

Leave healthy infant wildlife alone.

They are seldom truly orphans. A parent may be nearby foraging for food or will return at dusk. If you find healthy, young birds on the ground, attempt to return them to their nest. If they’re learning to fly, place them in a tree or bush for safety. Keep pets away from areas with active nests.

Call before you act.

If you think you’ve encountered injured or orphaned wildlife the von Arx Wildlife Hospital can help. Call 23–262-CARE. Put the animal’s needs first and get it professional help as quickly as possible.

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