You are right, Mr. Ganan, it is inhumane to ignore a suffering animal. Thank you for your letter in the June 7 issue. It is a great opportunity to get the word out.
If you see any wild animal that appears sick, injured, confused, trapped, harassed, tired, easily approachable, or tangled in fish line, or if you are just not sure: Please call Wildlife Care Network at 681-1080.
The public is our front line. The rescues happen because someone takes the time to call. There is no possible way we could find these animals on our own.
WCN can often respond immediately and is the only organization in South County licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game to rescue, rehabilitate, and release wild animals.
The birds you saw, Richard, are adolescent night herons from a flock that instinctively returns every year to nest in that same dangerous spot. It would be helpful to the birds if someone who goes by that spot on their morning walk, calls in any problems they see. There are a lot of ways people can help; habitat maintenance, wildlife transport, office support, food prep, and hand feeding the hundred baby birds in rehab right now. Call us for more info.
And thank you, Mr. Ganan, for taking the time to write a letter. – Charles Cail, and the rest of the volunteers and staff of Wildlife Care Network