Whether we realize or not, wild animals are all around us. Wildlife face threats every day from human development, roads, vehicles, and intolerant or poorly informed property owners―as well as abusive practices like poaching.
That’s why our urban wildlife, or human-wildlife conflict, work is such an important part of our animal protection portfolio at The HSUS. The personnel associated with this work provide solutions to these conflicts and seek to foster great tolerance of our wild neighbors.
I wrote earlier this week about a federal government program that kills predators and other wildlife with your tax dollars, but at The HSUS we focus on finding humane and non-lethal solutions to wildlife conflicts.
Recently, our Humane Wildlife Services program set up remote video cameras, not far from The HSUS’s Maryland office, to monitor wildlife activity in a forested area about to be leveled for a new housing development. The cameras captured a remarkable sight: a red fox caring for her young. Take a look at our video of the baby fox kits exploring and being fed by their mother, just a stone’s throw from a busy highway. It’s a marvel to see how adaptable wild animals are, and how they can survive in the presence of such human-dominated landscapes.
Because of this development activity, our staff―following state law―carefully relocated turtles, snakes, and other small animals from the property. Working with the developer and a local wildlife rehabilitation center, we were also able to make sure these fox kits are out of harm’s way. If you find baby wildlife, our website has tips on how to help them (and when to leave them be).