Predatory Mammals need your help
No sooner had we completed our much needed predatory mammal enclosure, than coyotes and foxes found their way to our Center. We probably don’t have to tell you about the thousands of distressed animals that are brought to the Wildlife Center every year. You are already aware of the many hazards faced by wildlife living in or near an urban environment and the importance of having a Center that acts on their behalf. When spring arrives, the Center teems with baby birds and mammals, who are brought to us when they encounter cats and dogs, cars, pesticides, etc. We believe that we have a responsibility as well as an opportunity to make things right for all the animals that come through our doors.
Currently, there are five gray foxes, nine coyotes, and 27 raccoons under the Center’s care. A single coyote can cost approximately $600-700 during its several-month stay, foxes between $500-600, and $200–300 for each raccoon. We will easily spend over $15,000 just in food costs alone for these three species.
Five Gray Foxes
Gray foxes started to arrived this year to the tune of five tiny orphans. Mammals such as these play an important part in the ecosystem by consuming large numbers of rodents and small game. However, during the rehabilitation process their increasing appetite carries a hefty price tag. We believe in feeding a natural diet (which also includes fruits, berries and greens) so that our patients get the best possible care while with us and to ensure their future success in the wild.
This season, raccoons poured in, one after the other, many with URI (upper respiratory infection).
Early this spring, WCSV received five very young, orphaned coyotes in varying states of dehydration and emaciation because the Center has become the “go to” place for predatory mammals, not only for our hands-on, extensive knowledge but because we have adequate space for their rehabilitation process.
Soon after, three more joined the original five. One had been hit by a car and had to be treated for injuries. Then, the California Department of Fish & Game brought us yet another, which was confiscated because someone tried to keep it as a pet. Before we knew it, we had a total of nine youngsters.
You can be an ambassador for wildlife. There are many ways to get involved—and one way is to support the ongoing work we do at WCSV. We hope you might consider making a donation.
Now, more than ever, your generous support is needed to offset the increase in expenses of providing not only food, but medical care, housing and the staff that it takes to successfully rehabilitate these wild critters.
Please consider supporting local wildlife through a contribution to WCSV. With your help, we can carry on our mission to make this Valley a safe place for over a hundred species of wildlife and a place where we can continue to enjoy the beauty and joy these animals bring. Your assistance will allow us to continue the important work of rehabilitation and education.
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