As firefighters battle the Carr fire and the Holy fire, among other fires blazing through California, wild animals flee.
If you are near the fire areas, keep your pets safe inside at night.
Wildlife may get lost through your neighborhood but will most likely keep moving.
Do not leave food and water out as they will feel its safe to stay in your neighborhood, and this will cause more harm than good.
They will need to return home.
Of course if there’s no other way and they appear to need assistance, please call someone to help. Never try to approach a wild animal in distress.
This bear cub rescued as shes unable to flee the Carr fire….
According to a statement made in the San Gabriel Tribune by a spokesperson with California fish and game, during the fast moving flames back in December 2017…
“In a wildfire, you should let the animals take care of themselves. It is detrimental to put food and water out for them because then they become dependent on people,” said Tira. “And that never ends well for the animals.”
Mobile animals, such as birds, deer, bobcats, mountain lions and coyotes scatter at the first sign of flames. They instinctively know how to survive and where to find a water source, he said. Snakes, wood rats and other burrowing animals will dig a hole and allow the fire to sweep over them,” he said.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
How do wildlife and nature react to wildfires? A good question.
The answers to those questions I have found in this very interesting article…..
If you come cross an animal needing assistance please Contact San Diego Fish and Game, Project Wildlife, or SD Humane Society.
You can help wildlife injured by California fires by donating to…..
To help people misplaced by the fire..