The new year began with our facility locked in a winter wonderland of snow, ice, and very cold days.
Over 1,927 wildlife patients arrived at our facility last year. Many were orphaned babies that were raised and eventually released. Sadly, as is the case every year – the majority of the animals we see are here because of some kind of human interaction. Whether it was attacked by a cat or dog, hit by a car, injured by yard equipment, or displaced by development; we cannot deny that most of these patients are here because of us. So, it is wonderful that so many people understand this is a community effort and we have a duty to help our wildlife neighbors.
The following cases, both involving coyotes that came to our center had different outcomes - but, caring people wanted to get them both help.
1. We shared this photo in the past. He is the same coyote picture above and to the right. He was found emaciated and suffering from a terrible case of mange. 2. He responded well to treatment and put on weight; and grew a beautiful winter coat of fur. We hope he lives a long, wild life. (See his release photo at the top of the newsletter.)
Not all of our rescues and cases have happy endings. The coyote pictured above was lucky. Sadly, the first rescue of the year did not have the same fate. On January 14, we received a call about a coyote in need of help. He became our first rescue of the year.
The homeowner called us and reported an injured coyote with a trap attached to one leg was hiding in their shed. The trap had a big chain attached to it. These leg hold traps are illegal and this poor guy was in bad shape.
The shed was dark and filled with tires and other things we had to move and relocate to make it safer and easier to access him. He finally moved into a better location for us to stop him with a net and we were able to cover his head. We then carefully transferred him to a crate.
We brought him back to the center and discovered that his injuries were extreme. The trap had severed his paw and also had him by the tail. We cannot release a coyote with an amputation, and sadly we had to euthanize him.
We wish the story of this rescue had a happy ending and he could be returned to the wild – but, some days all we can do is end their suffering. We cannot save them all, but we can take comfort in knowing he would not be alone suffering a terrible death in a dark shed. We share his story because he deserved better. For the Wild Ones - may he rest in peace.
New Year, New Patients
As we approach the end of January, our patients keep arriving. There were a few rescues this month already - the coyote, an eagle, and a raccoon. In the past 31 days, we have had 36 new patients arrive. This has made January a busy month. We have an intern with us this winter. Katie has been keeping busy with rescues, learning more rehabilitation skills, and helping us knock out our "to do" list in preparation for baby season.
We continue to profile a Patient of the Week on our blog page. This adorable little Northern Flying Squirrel was the most recent patient profiled. He was found in someone's house, not acting quite right. We don't know how he ended up inside. He was disoriented and seemed to have some head trauma. He is being treated for parasites as well, but he is improving.
Thank you all again for your continued support, following our FaceBook page and sharing our stories with your friends, bringing us animals in need of help, sending us items from our wishlist, and donating to help our efforts to Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Release area wildlife. We are ready for 2017 and look forward to another successful year making a difference one animal at a time!