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Santa Cruz County Catio Tour 2016

Update: First Catio Tour…Success! On April 9, 2016, Native Animal Rescue and the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter co-hosted a free self-guided tour of 11 Santa Cruz County catios located from Boulder Creek all the way to Watsonville. A catio is an outdoor enclosure where cats can enjoy the outdoors and still be safe from …

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An Ounce of Prevention…Check Trees Before Trimming

By California Council for Wildlife Rehabilitators Every year wildlife rehabilitators across the nation receive orphaned and/or injured baby tree squirrels because they have lost their nest trees due to tree trimming and removal. Tree squirrels typically mate twice a year and have their young around January/February and July/August. Destroying a squirrel’s nest is illegal in California. Look before …

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Fake Halloween Cobwebs Pose Real Threat to Birds

Halloween and Christmas decorations can harm birds and wildlife. That’s not fun. by Tai Moses Oct. 25, 2015—One recent Halloween, a Marin family opened their door to a particularly raucous trick-or-treater only to find a live Western screech owl hanging upside-down from their Halloween decorations. The small native owl was entangled in the sticky strands …

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High number of coyote reporting continues in Santa Cruz County

By Samantha Clark, Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ >> Coyotes have been emerging from the shadows in Santa Cruz County likely because of drought conditions, worrying residents and hikers who have been reporting a rise in sightings for months. As the clever canines creep closer and our urban boundaries expand, wildlife officials are reminding the …

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This wobbly-legged fawn learned quickly to suckle from a bottle. His eagerness to accept both the bottle and the relatively tasteless hydrating solution inside was an additional indication that he had been orphaned. Photo by Alison Hermance

Was this fawn kidnapped?

Every spring and summer, concerned people find and rescue fawns that seem to have been abandoned by their mothers. In reality, healthy baby fawns are frequently left alone for up to twelve hours while their mothers forage for food. In past years, a high percentage of the fawns brought to Native Animal Rescue have been …

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