PAWS Wild Again
July 2007

Kevin Mack

Arrivals and Departures
by Kevin Mack, PAWS Wildlife Naturalist

During the summer months, the PAWS Wildlife Center sees a steady stream of both arrivals and departures. Every day new faces appear as animals arrive in need of help, and familiar faces disappear as animals leave to resume their wild lives. The mix of species the center receives is different every year, and this year has been a particularly interesting one so far. The following photos will give you a glimpse of two animals that have recently departed the wildlife center, and many animals that have recently arrived.


Black Bear 07-0064 was released on June 1 as documented in the last issue of Wild Again titled "A Mother's Devotion." Black Bear 06-2708 was mentioned in the article as her cage mate. Bear 06-2708 was released on June 13, and this photo shows him as he exits his release carrier and takes his first steps in his new home.



Bear 06-2708 had arrived at PAWS in December as an injured, 16-pound cub. As you can see here, he grew substantially during his time in care. He was released as a healthy, 130-pound sub-adult bear.



American Kestrel 07-1163 was captured just as he was learning to fly by a member of the public who thought he might make a good pet. Fortunately, another concerned citizen convinced the bird's captor to allow him to bring the kestrel to PAWS. At PAWS, the bird spent a few weeks strengthening his muscles in a flight pen and learning to catch prey.



Kestrel 07-1163 was released on the Fourth of July. He was unlikely to be disturbed by fireworks in his remote, eastern Washington release area. He wasted no time exiting his release carrier.



Like all falcons, this kestrel was an impressively fast flyer. He flew rapidly toward a nearby stand of trees.



Once he arrived at the trees, Kestrel 07-1163 landed in the shade. From this perch he assessed his surroundings before moving on.



While many patients were departing, many new ones were arriving. Coyote pup 07-1033 was found wandering behind Bellevue Community College. He was dehydrated and suffering from a bad case of mange. He was captured and brought to PAWS on June 12.



Coyote 07-1302 was brought to the wildlife center on July 3. She had been hit by a car in eastern Washington on June 28 and had received initial care from a veterinarian in that area. She is currently recovering from head trauma and related injuries.



Red-tailed Hawk 07-1268 was found lying on his back near a freeway on June 30. He had been hit by a car and was suffering from head injuries. Fortunately a member of the public scooped him up and brought him to PAWS.



Several orphaned deer fawns are currently in care at the PAWS Wildlife Center. Here a young fawn is offered a large pile of maple branches on which to browse.



Apparently, she approved of the offering.



Five orphaned Barn Owls have arrived at the center in the past few weeks. Two were found in hay shipments from eastern Washington that were being delivered to feed stores, three were transferred to PAWS from other wildlife rehabilitation organizations. Here, three of the young owls put up a unified front against a perceived threat.



A slightly older Barn Owl extends his wings in an attempt to look larger and more intimidating.



Three Striped Skunk babies arrived at PAWS on June 25. They were found next to the body of their mother along a road in Sumner.



Although they are too young to spray, the skunks are still capable of excreting their distinctive odor.



Wildlife center staff and volunteers were greatly relieved when the skunks were moved into outdoor caging.



This young Western Flycatcher was brought to the wildlife center for treatment after she was attacked by an outdoor cat in Lynnwood.



Speaking of outdoor cats, this Bobcat kitten arrived at PAWS on July 4. Like the three skunks, she was found alongside a road next to the body of her deceased mother.



The young cat was not very happy to receive her examination by PAWS Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. John Huckabee.



The Bobcat protested throughout her exam. This fear of humans will be her most valuable asset after her release.



This fledgling Anna's Hummingbird was found in Lynnwood on July 1. In this photo he has just received a bath with damp cotton swabs to remove a sticky substance from his feathers.



Another Anna's Hummingbird fledgling was found in Edmonds on July 11. She was resting on the ground behind the tire of a car and appeared to be in distress. She is now doing well and will hopefully be making her own departure back to her wild home in the next few weeks.


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