Wild Care Treats Cooper’s Hawk and Eastern Screech Owl for Suspected Rodenticide Poisoning
You may have seen the recent news from our friends at the Cape Wildlife Center of the loss of a local Bald Eagle named MK after ingesting prey food contaminated with rat poison. Unfortunately this is not an isolated case. Currently Wild Care is caring for an Eastern Screech Owl, and just successfully rehabilitated a Cooper's hawk (seen here), both showing signs of rodenticide poisoning. The use of these poisons kills the many animals that rely on mice for survival. These animals are the best natural form of rodent control there is.
Please make some noise and contact our Federal Senators (MA - Warren and Markey) as well as your local Congressional Representatives and propose a ban on these harmful chemicals. Letters to editors of local and national news publications are also a worthwhile effort.
When choosing a way to keep unwanted wildlife from nesting in your home, there are many preventative actions you can take and alternatives to poisons. Be sure to ask questions before using a pest control company.
GET some great information on ways to keep rodents away
without using poison and other harmful methods here.
Raptors are the Solution has put together an extensive toolkit
for anyone looking to become an effective advocate to reduce rat poison
use in their community and prevent harm to children, pets, and wildlife.
WATCH Wild Care’s Executive Director
talk about the effects of rodenticide use