Living with Wildlife

Stop! Don’t Trim That Tree!

February 11, 2021 Comments Off on Stop! Don’t Trim That Tree!

Wild babies need trees… maybe even yours! Every spring, baby animals that have been orphaned or injured because their nests were damaged or removed arrive at WildCare. Most people are appalled to find they have caused these accidents, especially when the injury to wildlife is so easy to prevent: just procrastinate! Wait until resident wildlife…

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Protect Songbirds from Salmonella Poisoning

February 4, 2021 Comments Off on Protect Songbirds from Salmonella Poisoning

Protect Songbirds from Salmonella Poisoning Click to download and share this infographic! An outbreak of avian salmonellosis is killing songbirds in the Bay Area. Update April 7, 2021: Although the numbers have dropped, WildCare continues to admit songbirds, mostly Pine Siskins and goldfinches, ill with salmonella. If you choose to rehang your feeders, please make…

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Why Trapping Doesn’t Work

October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Why Trapping Doesn’t Work

Trapping doesn’t solve a nuisance animal problem. Animals are attracted to your property because it provides something they want and need. Usually what attracts them is access to FOOD, WATER or SHELTER.

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Living with Yellow Jackets

October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Living with Yellow Jackets

The aggressive wasps known as Yellow Jackets are carnivorous, and can be menacing creatures when it comes to a showdown over the picnic table. They are often mistaken for bees, and sometimes are even called “meat bees”.

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Living with Skunks

October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Living with Skunks

If cornered by a persistent attacker, the skunk will arch its back, raise its fur and stick its tail straight up into the air. This makes the skunk appear to be bigger and more ferocious.

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Living with Rodents

October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Living with Rodents

Rodents breed all year long, but the peak season for rodent nesting begins in February. This year-round breeding cycle makes sense. Rodents are the dietary staple of almost every land-based carnivore, so they have to be prolific.

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Living with Mountain Lions

October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Living with Mountain Lions

For many people, it can be unsettling to realize that the beautiful wildlands we so enjoy around the Bay Area also serve as habitat for Mountain Lions (also called pumas or cougars).

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Living with Honeybees

October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Living with Honeybees

Honeybees are social insects. Unlike the four to five thousand other species of solitary bees, honey bees store resources, in the form of honey, that allow the hive to survive the winter.

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Living with Deer

October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Living with Deer

Living with deer is now a fact of our lives in the Bay Area. We eliminated their major predators, mountain lions, and now urban sprawl has crowded them into less and less space.

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Living with Coyotes

October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Living with Coyotes

Coyotes are common in urban areas. Understanding canine behavior and modifying our own behavior is essential to peaceful coexistence with our wild neighbors. WildCare is happy to collaborate with Project Coyote, the Marin Humane Society and Marin County Parks to help people understand how to live peacefully with coyotes.

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