Wildlife Rehabilitator War Wounds

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Another time I was wearing gloves, just as I should have been, and an adult raccoon bit through them and took a divot out of my middle finger. Injured wildlife are not the most cooperative of patients. Most of them think we’re trying to eat them, not help them. Frightened and defensive, they react accordingly. Wildlife rehabilitators have an arsenal of equipment and techniques we use to protect ourselves.

How To (And Not To) Transport Wild Birds

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Jan Turner took in a raccoon cub delivered by a well-meaning couple determined to get it where it needed to go. They showed me their wounds! I am so happy to be back on 10,000 birds – I have missed Mike and Corey and my fellow Beat Writers!

Ingrid Taylar: Bridging the Divide Between Cat and Bird Lovers

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Rehabbers see reptiles in glue traps, gulls entangled in fishing line, raccoons used as target practice, raptors dying from rodenticides, and songbirds shredded by domestic cats … cats like Puck. They pointed out the puncture wounds, likely infected with bacteria that could quickly kill. This blog is written by writer, photographer, and animal advocate Ingrid Taylar. Years ago, I became a wildlife volunteer and advocate because of a cat who caught a bird.

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The Medicine Bird

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What is important to this particular hawk, though, is not the color of the feathers on her body but of the bandages on her feet, as she was caught in a double leg hold trap set for raccoons. “I’ve Rehabilitators at Tamarack are now treating the redtail with antioxidants as well as providing hydrotherapy and continuing wound care, all the while trying to handle her as little as humanly possible.

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