Monthly Archives: August 2018

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