|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 here.|
|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.
This is a recovering immature bald eagle that was suffering on admit from Avian Pox. Update: This eagle has now been released to the wild!
|As of mid-September, many of our rescued eggs from both snapping and painted turtles began to hatch. It is an amazing process and observing their efforts to escape their egg enclosures is indeed a rare treat. At this birthing process, the hatchlings are about the size of a dime. The bird of prey in the right-hand photo is an immature Golden Eagle, not a regular visitor to this part of the state. The bird was hit by a car in Saukville in early spring. Follow this bird's journey at our November Spirit of Freedom Gala.|
|Seven red fox and three coyote were admitted to Pine View this spring. As of early August, all of the mammals were successfully released back into the wild.|
|Update on the coyote and the badger pictured below. The coyote pup is getting big and strong, and the badger was successfully released!|
Two new additions at Pine View! On the left is a picture of a coyote that was rescued by someone on the side of the road in Racine. The pup was very dehydrated, emaciated, and hypothermic, but is now on the rebound. The picture on the right is of a young badger that was transferred to us from our friends at Fellow Mortals when it was only 4 weeks old.
These two young nestling Great Horned Owls were rescued by a private citizen. As a result of the strong winds, the nest and young were tossed to the ground. Frequently, we can either return the young to the nest or make a fake one and allow the parents to continue to nurture. Factors here prevented implementation. The last photo is of the two owls in the new cage made by the local Boy Scout as part of his Eagle project. We will provide updates as their rehabilitative journey continues.
And finally, the last of the Great Horned Owls was released on a beautiful fall day.
This is our first spring babe of 2016. The photo on the left is how this three-week-old arrived at PineView after he was found along the side a road. And the photo in the middle is a few days later when his eyes have started to open. And the right-hand photo is just a week or so later. Photos on the bottom are after a month. He has a positive feisty attitude and is in stable condition.
This Eastern Screech Owl was about to become dinner for a Red-tailed Hawk one early morning in Port Washington. The hawk dropped the owl and luckily, a caring individual out for a walk helped the owl by bringing it to Pine View. The owl suffered minor puncture wounds and superficial skin abrasions healed quickly. The photo on the left is of the owl as it arrived at Pine View. The middle photo is of the owl a few days prior to release. The patient is acclimated to the outdoors to facilitate a positive adjustment. Sunshine can be such a comfort and provide healing. The right-hand photo was taken just before releasing the Screech Owl back into his territory to begin the breeding season.
An individual in Eden, WI, came home from work to find this gorgeous male Great Horned Owl laying on his back lawn. The bird was emaciated and dehydrated as a result of vehicular trauma. The bird suffered fractured ribs and internal bleeding. It died at Pine View over the night.
This is an abused 4-year-old painted turtle. It was taken from the wild when about the size of a quarter. This poor creature was confined for 4 years in a 2-gallon aquarium! It never saw daylight; never had fresh food. This turtle was fed only green sticks from a little can purchased at a pet shop. As a result of poor nutrition, no sunlight, lack of space to exercise and poor water quality, this turtle is not only undersized, but malnourished and deformed.
|Our mantra at Pine View is "There is no such thing as a pet wild animal".|
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