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Wildlife can create some wild situations
Waverley West is an area that has retained a good amount of natural space and wildlife. Living in this area means driving a little more cautiously to avoid wildlife and accidents.
Residents may have noticed a large group of deer that live between Bridgwater Forest and South Pointe. The deer cross many of the roads in the area to access the lakes and forests.
Lisa Tretiak, president of the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre suggests: "Warning drivers of high deer populations with signage should help to decrease deer collisions. However, it is always difficult for any wildlife when we take away their habitat and natural corridors."
Tretiak also discourages residents from setting up deer feeding stations within the city. She says "slowing down and being careful during dusk and dawn" is the best practice to avoid accidents.
Bird-window collisions are also very common, especially with many lakes, forests and fields in the area. PWRC receives a large number of injured birds for this very reason. Tretiak believes the number could be reduced by practicing the following techniques: "Place UVB stickers on the outside of the windows. These stickers can be seen by birds and are less visible for humans.
Keeping the curtains open during the day can help, hanging flower baskets, wind socks or ribbons to break up the forest image that’s attracting the birds to the windows. Sometimes even placing a bird feeder at your window can slow the birds down and have less impact with the window."
PWRC and Manitoba Conservation receive a large number of calls about "orphaned" animals.
Tretiak notes that "young wildlife may seem to be abandoned and helpless when in all likelihood their mothers are actually close by."
Despite the best intentions, accidents will happen. Should you find an injured animal anywhere in Manitoba, Tretiak can offer assistance.
"If the animal is non-dangerous and can be contained in a box, carrier, or something secure, contact PWRC for further instructions. If a bird hits the window, collect the bird and place it in a cardboard box with air holes and keep the box in a dark, quiet, location. After two hours, take the bird outdoors and open up the box. If the bird flies away, all is good. If the bird doesn’t fly out, it might need a couple more days in rehabilitation."
Contact the centre regarding animal injuries at (204) 510-1855 or visit its website at www.pwildlife.ca.
Kristi Anaka is a community correspondent for Waverley West. You can contact her at email@example.com.
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