Glue Traps - A Danger to Wildlife
Glue traps are widely used and though they work great for catching hornets, they also caught a couple of young Black-capped Chickadees this summer. Two of them were brought in to SSCC stuck to the same glue trap. Our experienced wildlife manager, NaTasha, was able to use olive oil to slowly remove them from the trap to avoid damaging the feathers. This was extremely stressful for one of the chickadees, while the other seemed to be trying to eat the flies while he was stuck to
Crawdads for Baby Raccoons
This summer was an unseasonably hot one and we had many baby raccoons to care for. Because raccoons love cold, running water, what better than to give them some food they would naturally find there? We received a load of crawdads from the coast that had been brought to us and the raccoons went crazy for them. They would normally fish for them out of streams and rivers and though the crawdads have hard outer shells, they were no match against the young raccoons’ teeth. T
One Lucky Weasel!
Rodents are not the only animals in danger of being caught on glue traps (a.k.a. "sticky traps"). A family in North Bend had this unpleasant realization when they found this Long-tailed Weasel stuck to a trap they'd set. Weasels have very high-pitched screams and this one was making a lot of noise. Once we had the weasel in our care, we were able to remove the glue with olive oil — which can be a painstaking process — while he was under anesthesia. We then bathed him using Da