REDDING, California – This year, Axel Hunicut ran through the burning forest, shouted slogans into the currents, and tried to find seven black bears injured in the lava and antelope fires of Cisco County on steep hilly terrain.
Whom he never found. All five were healthy enough to avoid being caught. Seventh একটি a 16-pound hamburger-eating cub dubbed smoky junior বাড়িতে went home with him.
Hunikut is a carnivorous specialist in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Biology in California. He and part of the CDFW Wildlife Disaster Network, University of California Davis Vets and other professionals are protecting animals from this year’s history-making fires.
Drought, three-digit summers and wind in most parts of the state mean the fire is moving faster than usual. They can chase animals that are trying to escape.
“I have an idea that (less) burnt animals have been rescued,” said Lois Costa, operations director and veterinarian at UC Davis’ Veterinary Emergency Response Team. “It could be because there was an attempt to remove a well or those animals (died from their injuries) and it was not possible to rescue them.”
Others like Lava Bob were saved.
During a lava fire in July, Hannikot responded to a report of an “eroded mountain lion” at Lake Shastina Golf Course.
When he arrives he finds an injured and hungry bobcat. “His paws are very burnt. He was very skinny – just 16 pounds. I was surprised I could find a dart in it, ”Hunikut said.
The Siskio Human Society stabilized Lava Bob until he was taken to Redding for cheap wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, then to Gold Country Wildlife Rescue for burn therapy on July 11th.
“He had only skin and bones,” said Celesu Stein, Gold Country Wildlife Rescue Director. “His legs had second and fourth degree burns.”
She said the cat is recovering well, and weighs about 35 pounds – a good weight for a bobcat.
“Now he’s crying and crying loudly, and running towards us. We must look delicious, “he joked. She’s gorgeous. “
Steven said Lava Bob is set to be released by the end of October.
Rescuers took care of more than 2,000 animals due to the fire
Hunikut said that in the case of bears, they often burn during wildfires because of their tendency to climb trees when in danger.
Hunikut rescued Smoky Jr. – later dubbed “Leo” – from the middle of the Antelope Fire in August. Firefighters kept the baby busy in a cheeseburger until Hannikot arrived. He brought her home overnight until CDFW took the baby to Auburn’s Gold Country Wildlife Rescue where UC Davis veterinarians treated her for burns.
Gold Country Wildlife Rescue takes care of many animals rescued from California’s devastating wildfires, including the clinic’s special treatment for patients including bears, foxes and bobcats: tilapia skin burns, vibrating electromagnetic field therapy, and special therapies for acupuncture. Pain relief.
UC Davis takes care of wildlife through the Wildlife Disaster Network, they have also deployed teams to help pets and animals on fire through the school’s Veterinary Emergency Response Team. Domestic patients include cats, dogs, pets, exotic pets, chickens, aquatic animals, horses, donkeys, mules, cattle, goats, sheep, alpacas and lamas.
VERT vets take care of more than 2,000 animals in more than four thousand shelters. They also sent field teams to search for injured animals in the Caldo Fire Burn area, Costa said.
They visited more than 200 animals at the Plumas County Animal Shelter and evacuated 68 of their dogs and 23 cats with their men to Plumas County Red Cross shelters and hotels – although Dixie Fire destroyed 963,309 acres around them.
Most of the animals rescued from the fire have the same injuries, Costa said. It causes burns, dehydration, smoke-breathing shortness of breath, traumatic wounds and hunger – even starvation.
Removed sheltered pets who were healthy when they arrived may have medical problems, Costa said. Sometimes they don’t eat or drink, and are stressed out by the stress of suddenly coming out and living with so many animals in an unfamiliar place.
Keep the wildlife wild
When pets move into their owners ’homes or are adopted into new homes, most wild animals are able to keep themselves in the burn area as much as possible leaving them in the burn area, where they were found, said Carlin Stoker, spokeswoman for Shasta Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation. After that they are completely healed.
“If everyone is worried that they (the people) are going to get used to it,” Hannikut said, but the veterinarian pushes and persuades them so much during the test, they can’t wait to get away.
“(When released), some will move away from you so you can’t catch them again তার then look back at you and cry,” Stoker said. “Others are just continuing.”
CDFW spokesman Peter Tira said after the fire broke out, the number of many animals appeared to have returned. “We’ve learned how resilient nature is.”
He said most of the animals rescued from the fire return after the area has cooled and the plants have started to return.
CDFW is exploring ways to make areas more fire-resistant and resilient after a fire to protect animals and their territory. This includes adding native plants and removing invasive plants that burn easily.
Animals are helping, he said. CDFW leases the desert for cattle, goat and sheep farmers. Their animals are grazing dry combustible brushes.
From January to September 2021, more than 7,700 fires burned more than 2.4 million acres, including 20 major fires in four state records, according to the California Department of Forests and Fire Protection. The Caldore and Dixie fires are the 20 most devastating in the state’s history.
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