Friday, May 15, 2015

Wildlife

Sometimes you get an animal call.  I work in an urban area, but it's not so far from wilderness that coyotes, skunks, racoons, possums and other small animals don't turn up once in a while.  We have animal control on call, but they come from another city and they are a private group, not sworn and not public.  They don't work late nor on weekends.

So we have to deal with it on our own.  In most cases the animal has been hit by a car and is dead or dying when we arrive.  In those instances we stand by and wait for it to die.  Then ask a bystander for a shovel and cardboard box or big plastic bag and scoop it up, put it in the trunk and dump it back at the station trash.  Give it a bit of a whack to insure it's dead before trying to scoop it up.

If the animal is alive, and uninjured, and not immediately dangers, drive slow and hope it's gone when you get there.  Most of the time it will simply go away in a couple minutes.  If it's still there, don't rush in to capture it.  Give it time to go away while you keep the neighbors away.  Most urban wildlife is not too concerned about dogs and cars and will figure out where to go if left alone; that's what the SGT Says.

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