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Calls of the wild

first_imgPASADENA – At the Pasadena Humane Society, it’s not about just dogs and cats anymore. While the bulk of PHS activities still revolve around those animals, they also deal with thousands of animals that range from the mundane to the exotic. Statistics for past year show the agency, which serves Pasadena, South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, San Marino, Arcadia, La Ca ada Flintridge and Glendale, handled 14,445 calls and 8,747 were about dogs and cats. But more than a thousand calls each concerned birds and opossums; several hundred each were about skunks, raccoons, squirrels, reptiles and rodents; more than a hundred were about deer, scores involved ducks and geese, coyotes and chickens, and livestock in the form of goats and pigs. The agency handled 126 deer calls last year, 101 of them dead animals. Veronica Fincher, a PHS wildlife management specialist, said most deer are killed by cars. “They come down from the foothills looking for food. Some are victims of predators. There are mountain lions all over the foothills” she said. Steve McNall, PHS president and CEO, said they once came into possession of two Arctic Kit Foxes, after their mother gave birth in some hay bales in Alaska, and the bales were shipped by truck to Southern California. “We send animals like that to local rehabilitators who treat wild animals,” he said. “Our goal is to get the animal into the environment that most suits it.” The number of calls they receive fluctuates with the seasons, Fincher said. Lack of rain increases calls as animals leave the foothills in search of food and water. McNall said overall the number of calls has declined. “Our primary cities have ordinances that prohibit people from keeping exotic species,” he said. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more