May 16, 2014
Wildfires Threaten Local Wildlife
San Diego County-based wildlife center provides lifeline for injured, native animals
As wildfires scorch San Diego County, threats to wildlife, humans and property are of great concern. Nesting birds in trees, which could include thousands of nests since it is the heart of baby season, are in jeopardy, while coyotes and their pups are being forced out of their dens and into neighborhoods in search of food and a safe environment.
Injured birds should be carefully scooped up off the ground and secured in a pet carrier or cardboard box. They can then be safely transported to The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center, a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Ramona, or Project Wildlife in San Diego.
The FFAWC is experiencing an influx of wildlife patients, and is requesting public intervention to assist found injured wildlife when it is safe to do so. Staff and volunteers are prepared to walk anyone through a rescue by calling 760-789-2324. Photos of the animal prior to the capture or intervention can be very useful in determining the injury and necessary first steps.
Ali Crumpacker, director of the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center said: “We are grateful for the heroic efforts from local residents and organizations including the San Diego Humane Society and Project Wildlife. Thanks to their increased activity in disaster response, San Diego County wildlife will have a greater chance of surviving the dangerous, roaring wildfires.”
The FFAWC hosts annual evacuation drills to prepare for the possible threat of emergencies, including threatening wildfires that could endanger the resident animals and the staff and volunteers who care for them. During the drill the sanctuary animals are trained to enter and exit their transfer crates, which can reduce stress by making the process a familiar, routine activity through positive reinforcement.
The center houses 53 sanctuary animals, and is primarily focused on assisting native wildlife in need of rescue and rehabilitation. The facility is operated by The Fund for Animals, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States.
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