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Fox Sightings During the Day: To Call or Not to Call?

Fox Sightings During the Day: To Call or Not to Call?

An increase of fox sightings during the day in Virginia spike concern in residents. However, is their concern valid? There are two types of foxes in Virginia: red foxes (above) and gray foxes (below). According to Melissa Stanley, Executive Director and Founder of the...

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The Bunny and the Warble

The Bunny and the Warble

A local Wildlife Rehabber gets a call about a paralyzed bunny possibly hit by a car, but the cause was not what she was expecting. A woman came across a bunny in the road that was apparently injured. The bunny was alive, and the woman thinks it was hit by a car...

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Ways You and Your Family Can Help Wildlife

Ways You and Your Family Can Help Wildlife

Ways You and Your Family Can Help Wildlife Do not become a food source for wild animals. Animal populations need to be naturally balanced to their environment. Do not encourage nocturnal wildlife by leaving garbage or pet food outside or leaving shed and...

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Living With Beavers

Living With Beavers

Living With Beavers -- by Erika K. Yery, licensed wildlife rehabilitator Most calls received by licensed wildlife rehabilitators regarding beavers, are usually about beaver problems. Most complaints are from new developments, such as subdivisions, townhouses, suburban...

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Foxes – Red and Gray

Foxes – Red and Gray

Foxes - Red and Gray By Erika Yery, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Urban foxes are model citizens. Their good record comes from notable fox traits, foremost of which is timidity. I receive calls from homeowners worried about foxes attacking their children...

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Canada Geese In Your Neighborhood

Canada Geese In Your Neighborhood

Canada Geese In Your Neighborhood Aside from its beauty, grace, and intelligence, the Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) has much to recommend it to nature lovers. At the age of two to three years, they select a mate and stay with that mate for life. If...

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The Groundhog, Our Underground Architect

The Groundhog, Our Underground Architect

The groundhog is known by several names. The most common one is the woodchuck (Marmota monax). Two long, chisel shaped, ever growing incisors indicate that the groundhog belongs to the rodent family.
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Raccoons — Facts and Fancies

Raccoons — Facts and Fancies

The raccoon (Procyon lotor) belongs to the carnivores grouping, a group that is composed of mammals which are primarily meat eaters, although many of them also eat berries, fruit, vegetables, eggs, acorns, beech and hickory nuts, grains, grasses, and bark, if nothing else is available.
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The Coyote, the Western Wanderer

The Coyote, the Western Wanderer

I have had several coyote calls from the public over the years, and they have increased the past year. People call and say, “I thought these animals only lived out West.” I tell them, “Not anymore!”
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Wild Animals are not pets

Wild Animals are not pets

We know you love them and want to help them – here’s why turning that injured or orphaned native wildlife over to a wildlife rehabilitator is the best way to help!
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Antifreeze Can Be Deadly…

Antifreeze Can Be Deadly…

Each year hundreds of animals, both domestic and wild, are attracted to its sweet taste of antifreeze. If you know an animal has consumed antifreeze, contact a professional immediately. The best way to avoid these circumstances is prevention.
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Cats and Wildlife

Cats and Wildlife

House cats can easily live into their 20s, given today’s veterinary care and nutritious food; however, outdoor cats have a life span of about four years because of all the perils they are exposed to.
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Critter Proofing Your Home

Critter Proofing Your Home

Critter Proofing Your Home Be proactive Start each year with a physical examination of your home, checking for potential problem areas such as small holes through which animals can gain access to your attic or a chimney cap that needs replacing. Conduct...

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Natural Pest Controls for Your Lawn or Garden

Natural Pest Controls for Your Lawn or Garden

Natural Pest Controls for Your Lawn or Garden Weeds To keep weeds from taking over your lawn, select a grass variety that is well suited for the area. Mow no more than 1/3 of the grass blade using a sharp blade to avoid injuring the grass and leave the...

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