In early 2016, within weeks of eachother, Fox Wood wildlife Rescue, Inc President and Founder, Elise Able used her knowledge of dogs and her trapping skills to humanely capture two very elusive dogs that no one else could catch.
The first dog, named Lollie, originated in the Bahamas as a "Street Dog". She was essentially a wild dog. A rescuer trapped her, among others, and transported her to Western New York to a rescue who were to foster her, then adopt her out. Unfortunately, inexperienced with such a skittish dog, Lollie easily escaped from her foster home on Grand Island, NY. The rescue and volunteers tried to catch her, but the more they tried, the more Lollie evaded them, and she eventually crossed the Grand Island Bridge and into the City of Niagara Falls where she continued to elude potential rescuers. Everyone involved was frustrated, including the rescue, searchers, Niagara Falls Police and Animal Control. Elise Able took over the mission of capturing Lollie about 32 days after Lollies escape. She met with rescuers who had done the valuable groundwork of tracking Lollies every move, and set a trap at a location where Lollie was sure to return. The rescuers were all taught how to re-set and re-bait the trap, how to let non-target catches out of the trap and when to check the trap. Three days later, Lollie went into the trap and was safe! She was returned home to the Bahamas where her original rescuer will keep her forever.
The second dog in 2016 was lost on September 30th, 2015. 'Murray" was a very timid Border Collie mix who was recently adopted by a family in East Aurora. He had gotten terribly frightened when he ran through his Invisible Fence and got shocked. Murray ran for miles, then was seen only a few times in West Falls, then once in S. Wales a month later, then not again until late January. We suspect that when he was seen in South Wales, it was during hunting season, and Murray was afraid of gunshots. In late January, Murray was sighted and photographed by a bird watcher with a sharp eye who was familiar with Murray's story. A feeding station was immediately set up, and once trail cameras confirmed that Murray was eating at the feeding stations, a trap was set. Two nights later, Murray was captured in the trap and is once again home and safe!
Make no mistake, these captures were not done by luck. Elise Able has been a licensed Nuisance Control Agent for many years. She has practiced her trade on foxes, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, cats, and other dogs needing rescue for many years. Studying these animals, knowing their habits, likes, dislikes, and the behavior of them all are essential to successfully capturing a target animal. A good trapper not only knows how to capture their target animal, but how NOT to capture the non-target animals. A strong and thorough knowledge of wildlife and domestic animals is key to successfully bringing a lost dog or cat home.
Elise Able works behind the scenes , and doesn't care to be in the spotlight, but she has brought more elusive, lost and timid dogs home than anyone we know. Please support Fox Wood and their valuable work bringing lost dogs home. The equipment, traps and materials are expensive! Experience and knowledge doesn't come without extensive time spent learning the trade.
Above Top,. Black and white dog is Murray. Second photo of the brown dog is Lollie!
Update on Twister, the Border Collie. As you many of you know, I adopt the dogs from work who are not claimed by anyone. Quite often dogs who are unclaimed have behavioral issues, and this is why they were abandoned. Twister is no exception. After being returned by two adopters because of his extreme issues, I have invested a large amount of money into professional training for Twister. Because some of his issues are related to inherited traits of the breed, it is a very complicated situation- there must be a balance between understanding his drives, and reeling them in to make them less extreme and his behavior more acceptable. Our ultimate goal is to make Twister a more adoptable, well mannered dog that can be placed in a home suitable for his breed. He needs an active farm type home with other Border Collies, and an experienced Border Collie savvy owner. I would appreciate any donations that folks could make toward Twisters continued training sessions. If you would like to donate toward Twisters rehabilitation, you can donate through paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can also be mailed to: 11156 Old Glenwood Road, East Concord, NY 14055. be sure to specify "Twister" on your check and that donation will be applied directly to his fund
This female Fisher was very unfortunate. A tree fell on her in the woods and she was trapped for days. A man walking his dog found her, well, his dog actually found her. They called me, but were unable to find it again last night because it got dark. This morning they went out, found the Fisher and it was still alive. Unfortunately, the dog ran up and killed her before they could stop him. I have her body and am going to save her in my freezer and try to get a permit and have her mounted so I can use her for education.
Fishers are incredible athletes! Look at her feet!
In August the young of the year are getting ready to leave the area where they were born and find a new territory. Unfortunately, not many of them survive. This little guy was hit by a car. A gentleman stopped when he saw the pup laying in the road, and intended to move him off of the road, thinking he was deceased. Imagine his surprise when he grabbed the foxes rear legs and lifted him up to set him in the grass on the side of the road- and the fox moved its front legs! Immediately he wrapped the fox in a towel and placed it in a box and began making phone calls to look for help for the fox.
Once Fox Wood Was contacted, we quickly made arrangements to meet. The fox was then immediately rushed to a wonderful veterinarian who we work with. He was carefully examined, X-Rayed, and found to have head trauma, but no broken bones! Fluids and a steroid were given, and a long acting antibiotic was given. There was not much else to do but wait and pray.
Day One, the fox remained unconscious.
Day 2: Semi- conscious, Gave some more steroid to reduce brain swelling, and an hour later taking some nourishment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz00_xNnnas
Day 3: Laying in a much better position with head up! Eating and drinking with help
This is only day 3, so stay tuned....
The weasel was released over the weekend. I'm sorry I don't have pics of the release for you, but she was VERY wild and very elusive and I must respect that.
She entered life in the wild via a process called "Slow Release" where she is given the opportunity to familiarize herself with the surroundings in the safety of her cage, and then the door is opened and she is allowed the freedom to come and go as she pleases. Food, water and a familiar shelter for her were provided for her to come back to as needed. I won't reveal the location, but it is excellent weasel habitat, loaded with mice.
Above are a couple photos of her being raised. As she became a young adult, her natural instincts began to reveal themselves and she did not want to be handled and began to become more secretive in her movements. Though followers would have loved to see her all grown up, my responsibility to her is greater, so that is why there were no more photos of her. I appreciate your understanding this.
One of the things that you will find we do NOT do here at Fox Wood is exploit our wildlife. We don't get the donations that result from the exploitation of displaying animals in uncomfortable public settings or putting them on public display here at our facility. What we do here is strictly for the animals, not for the money, not for our ego's. That is what sets Fox Wood apart. We rely only on donations from people who understand what we do and why we do it.
In May and June Fox Wood receives many calls from well meaning people who are worried about an “abandoned fawn”. It is important to know that fawns are born with a natural defense mechanism. When fawns are first born they have no appealing scent to predators and they have an amazing ability to lay perfectly still and quiet, allowing the fawn to hide in plain sight. The mother deer does not stay with her fawn because she does not want to alert predators to her baby’s location. She comes back to her fawn throughout the day and night, but only when it appears there are no humans or other predators around. She feeds and thoroughly cleans the fawn to erase any scent they may have. Instinctively the fawn knows that when mom leaves, it must lay very still and silent in the location mom left it. Since the fawn does not move and no mother is present, people often think it is abandoned. Because of this, healthy fawns are often “kidnapped”.
A doe may keep her babies in the short grass area, near your home, in your garden, etc. for the first 3 days, not in the woods where the predators are hunting. These first days a fawn can’t outrun a predator, so they go limp when someone picks them up. They are not dying, they are playing “possum” so you will not be interested and put them down. With twins, a doe will leave one baby in one place, and then 300-500 feet away, she will leave the other. She then goes off to the closest hiding area and forms a triangle so she can watch over both, unseen, until it is time to feed again. She will not let them travel with her until they are old enough to keep up with the herd, but she is never far away.
There are times when a fawn will not express normal fawn behavior. We will usually be concerned when we get a call about a fawn that is wandering around crying out. This is not natural behavior as it attracts predators. Diarrhea, flies, falling down, limping, twins together and obvious wounds are all signs of a fawn that needs help. If you suspect a fawn needs help, or just want to make sure a fawn is OK, you can contact us or your local Conservation Office for direction. In closing, remember the fawn that is lying still in your yard or garden is just nature’s way of giving us one more reason to smile. The fawn will leave on its own in just a couple of days, so take a picture and leave the baby for its real mother