Bats and Glue Traps Don’t Mix

Photo credit: Keith Shannon/USFWS

By Shannon Perry

Maybe you’ve seen the glue traps that are marketed as “humane” traps for mice. Well, inside or out they are a hazard for bats. One of our patients got caught in one and was brought to us.  You can’t quite imagine the process it takes to get one free. Most don’t survive the ordeal of getting caught.

Pets and other animals can be caught in the traps. The reason they aren’t safe inside is because bats are quite capable of getting in too, through very small spaces, and they’re often attracted to the insects that get caught in the traps.

At the clinic, we use live traps for mice that work quite well. Then we walk away a bit from the clinic and free them. Maybe the mice will feed an owl,  a hawk, or an eagle.

http://www.batcon.org/resources/media-education/bats-magazine/bat_article/165

What to do if a bat gets in your house:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMpuOJ_To_s&feature=share

The Endangerment of the Endangered Species Act

By Shannon Perry

The Endangered Species Act has been a powerful and effective tool in protecting fragile species. The act is itself in danger from the Trump Administration. Although predictions are that we will lose 10% of all terrestrial species by 2050, the administration proposes “reforms” that would allow economic issues to be considered in classification of species.

There are other proposed cuts as well. Make your voice heard, write your representatives, and please vote in November.

For more information, please check out the linked article.

Death by One Thousand Cuts

 

 

Fire at Memaloose Again; Another Evacuation

By Shannon Perry

I would really like to leave the topic of fire alone, but you may have heard there was another fire at Memaloose down below the clinic on the freeway. Humans and animals were evacuated safely and await return. I will post an update when they are home, but wanted to put out word that everyone is safe. Thanks for your concern.

https://www.kgw.com/article/weather/wildfires/evacuations-ordered-as-fire-breaks-out-near-memaloose-state-park/283-582848710

Grieving With the Orcas

https://flic.kr/p/nuro3J

By Shannon Perry

Anyone following the news of the dead baby Orca can’t help but feel deep sadness on seeing the images of the mother pushing her baby through the water, and diving to lift it up when it starts to sink. In addition, a four-year-old female is very ill, and scientists are offering her food and giving her antibiotics. A task force created by Washington governor Jay Inslee is looking at causes of their struggles. Some on the committee say this is the last chance to make a difference for this pod. Recommendations that were proposed 20 years ago haven’t been put in place.

Despite being listed as endangered, their numbers continue to decline. Main factors are loss of salmon, their main food source, exposure to toxins in food that store in the orca’s fat, and disturbance by ocean going traffic.

Wondering how to help? Here’s a Canadian group.

https://www.orcarescue.com

To follow this story, check out the following links.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/orca-task-force-to-tackle-dwindling-prey-water-toxins/281-581266600

https://www.king5.com/article/tech/science/environment/as-another-orca-falters-daring-rescue-plan-is-hatched/281-580152666

https://defenders.org/magazine/spring-2016/looking-sound-solution

 

Wildlife and Wildfire

By Shannon Perry

Soon after our animals returned from evacuation, we found ourselves hosting the raptors from the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center due to a brush fire. First responders did an amazing job of containing that fire to 19 acres and the birds returned to the center. It got me thinking about wildfire again.

As the effects of climate change increase, one that impacts our world is the growing length of the wildfire season. We may cringe at the idea of animals dying in fires, yet there is evidence that there are some animals that benefit from fire. Others are disadvantaged and their populations decline. In a study, fishers, western bluebirds, and cavity nesters increased in population, while mountain chickadees declined, as did spotted owls. Cavity nesters such as Lewis’ woodpeckers benefitted due to standing snags. However, salvage logging removes this habitat. 

If you’d like more information, please read the selected links.

http://wildlife.org/wildfire-toward-understanding-its-effects-on-wildlife-from-the-wildlife-professional/

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140721-animals-wildlife-wildfires-nation-forests-science/

Baby Animal Season Continues

By Shannon Perry

We have had quite a variety of baby animals coming into the clinic. Sometimes we are able to send them back from where they came, as in the case of a baby robin from an orchard. It was uninjured so we fed it and sent it back with the kind young man who found it to return in the vicinity where it was found.

Other babies have been injured or caught by a cat or dog and we do our best to nurture them along. Please consider keeping your kitty indoors. Here are some tips to help you both assess the need for help, and to keep wildlife safe from cats.

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/injured_orphaned_wildlife.html

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/magazines/2011/01-02/peaceable_backyard_kingdom_protect_cats_wildlife_01032011.html

Photo credits: Humane Society

Safe From Fire

By Shannon Perry

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a harrowing 24 hours, but the animals are all safely back home. The fire was coming up the ravine below the clinic, not really close but too close for comfort. Fortunately the firefighters set up on a long gravel drive there, and that gave comfort.

You can’t really wait until the last minute to evacuate 40+ birds. Many thanks to Elijah Schneider and Jill Barker (shown) and Beagle Barker (not shown) for bringing carriers, a transport van, and packing up patients

The animals are settled back  into their various cages and much happier for it.

Fire in Rowena

By Shannon Perry

You may have heard that a fire started north of I84 by the Memaloose rest area Friday evening (July6). It jumped the freeway and came up the hill toward Rowena. The clinic was on level two evacuation threat, which means be packed and ready. So Jean evacuated many of the animals to be on the safe side. We could have carried on just fine without this added excitement and stress, but all the animals and Jean are safe.

The last word I heard was that the clinic is still in level one evacuation with level two nearby. I will keep you posted as to progress getting the animals back to the clinic.

Best wishes to neighbors in the area that you are safe and your homes unthreatened.

Cute, Cuddly…Wolverines

By Shannon Perry

Two chubby, furry wolverine  kits roughed and tumbled together in the snow in Washington State this spring. What’s very special about these two and their mother is that they have been spotted in the southern Cascades for the first time in a very long time. The largest member of the weasel family, they will need to travel far to find mates. A wildlife overpass system in Washington may help them out.

There probably were never many wolverines in the U.S., but their numbers dwindled severely. They were exterminated in Washington in the early 1900s; trappers resented them eating their bait and taking their trappings. They were also hunted extensively. These are probably genetically related to a Canadian population. It’s estimated that only about 300 can be found in the U.S. today.

Dependent on deep snow that lasts into the late spring, they are sensitive to climate change. We hope their tenacity pays off.

For more information, go to: https://www.conservationnw.org/our-work/wildlife/wolverine/