New Patients - Follow Their Journeys
|These 3 fox pups had been trapped in a 5-foot well for
nearly a week! Luckily, there were found by the property owners
who gave us a call. They have now been admitted to our hospital
for evaluation and care.
|A Screech Owl was rescued
by a citizen after it was hit by a car. Weeks later after
treatment, we were able to release it back to the wild.
|These two fox were brought to us by the DNR. People had kept
them as pets! Because they had only been kept for one year, it
is possible they can be released to the wild. But please
remember our mantra....THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PET WILD
|Our first owl arrived thanks to Fellow Mortals. It's just 4
days old and still has its egg tooth on its beak. It is
currently in stable condition, and we will provide more
information in the spring newsletter.
|A DNR Warden traveled an hour to bring a red fox running
with a steel leg hold trap on the front paws. The traps are
being set illegally. The fox's foot remains extremely swollen,
and x-rays will determine the extent of damage to the bones. The
expediency of the young warden prevented further damage. The fox
is currently resting.
Update: In the wildlife rehabilitation profession, every patient
released brings a degree of satisfaction and joy. Every loss of
a patient prompts disappointment and mixed emotion. There are
specific cases that elicit anger in the injustice of unnecessary
and painful deaths of innocent wildlife victims. According to
the game warden, an illegal trap placed in an urban area
ensnared this beautiful animal. The warden brought the injured
patient to Pine View. Multiple experiences over the years with
episodes of this type of injury caused us to have doubts on the
outcome. Despite an in-spite of analgesics, appropriate housing,
food, water, and medications, the animal began to self mutilate
in a period of two days. It's important to understand that
survival instincts preclude our best medical and professional
efforts. Removing this patient from further injury and increased
pain was the only option. Data supports the hypothesis that a
three-legged fox does not survive in the wild.
What we can do is continue to voice concerns over non-targeted
victims of traps, encourage local authorities to discontinue
this inhumane practice, and be on alert for traps in your
neighborhoods. Call your local representatives and local DNR.
Such needless and unnecessary suffering and death.
|A couple rescued this Great Horned Owl during the snowstorm
last week. He was found on the side of the road with all the
snow slush piled around him. Luckily, they spotted him and got
him out of harms way. He suffered some minor injuries and is
slightly underweight. Over the past few days, he has been
showing good signs of improvement and will probably be released
soon. Stay tuned!
Update! This Great Horned Owl was released on 2//6/17! To see
the video, click
|This Screech Owl was found on the side of the road in
Saukville. He suffered minor head trauma but was released after
making great improvement.
|This very small Barred owl was admitted to our hospital after being
extracted from a barbed wire fence. The owl, after what could have been
hours writhing about on the barbs, suffered extensive damage to the
muscles, tissues, and veins. In addition, there was much blood lost. The
combination of such trauma, hemorrhaging, and extensive damage to the
wing, was too much for the bird to survive. We encourage land owners to
either remove or frequently check on their fencing.
This Great Horned Owl was picked up in Jackson on October 31. It was
extremely underweight at just over 2 pounds. After months of
rebahilitation including physical therapy, daily exercise, enrichment
enclosures, and patients, her body weight is now over 4 pounds, and we
have moved her to a larger outdoor cage this week. The next step will be
to move her to a flight cage and we hope to release her soon.
|Our mantra at Pine View is "There is no
such thing as a pet wild animal".
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