It's that time of year again folks! The baby big brown bats that often roost in attics and eaves of our homes are learning to fly! They will often follow a stream of light from inside your home at night, thinking that it is daylight and it is the way to get outside to catch bugs.
If you don't enjoy bats flying around inside your home like I do, buy a tube of caulk and go over any cracks where walls meet ceilings, chimneys, window and door jams. Take duct tape and go entirely around wherever the door is that goes into your attic space. Stuff insulation material in larger spaces, such as where the stove pipe goes up through the house. Remember, bats follow streams of LIGHT to find daylight and outdoors at dusk, so the object is to seal off cracks in your living space where light from a TV, nightlight etc might stream into where they are roosting, fooling the youngsters into thinking it is the way outside.
If a bat does get into your house, don't panic. grab a bath-sized towel and gently toss it over the bat and gather it up and take it outside. Bats are very delicate, like hummingbirds!
The NYS Health Department might want to test a bat that has been in your sleeping area while you were sleeping, so you might contact them first if you are concerned.
Adam and Lydia Pulka lost their beloved dog, "Denali" on June 2, 2012. They would like to honor Denali's life by making a difference for other dogs in need. Adam and Lydia wrote the following about Denali and all that they went through with her.
"As many of you know, Denali was very special to us. She helped us get through many transitions in our lives, such as, but not limited to, moving to North Carolina and then moving back to Buffalo to begin our teaching careers. Her sister, Laila, misses her very much, as they were best of friends. This past year, Denali fell sick to cancer, as she was only five years old. After returning home from vacation in April 2012, we noticed that Denali was not herself. It was very scary witnessing her sustain a seizure, and then finding out that she had a mass on her spleen. We were able to successfully have her spleen removed but then found out a month later that the cancer had now spread to her liver, and the biopsy revealed that her cancer was malignant histiocytic sarcoma. Making the hardest decision yet so far of our lives, we chose to make sure that Denali would not suffer any longer. Exactly one year ago from now, on June 2nd, 2012, Denali was euthanized. We believe a lot of these issues came from improper breeding of dogs, seeing that Denali's mother was only nine months old at the time. We never realized that this was such a huge issue, but doing research on breeders showed how common these unfortunate actions are. This organization came highly recommended through a friend of the family, and what's even more special is that one of the many miracles this organization does is they've saved and rescued Rottweiler puppy mills located in the area. The founder is always looking for donations, as well as foster parents to help her organization run and adopt dogs. In memory of Denali, we are looking to advocate and support this organization in hopes to stop improper breeding. Please donate whatever you can on behalf of Denali, if you feel that she has touched you in anyway. We can all make a difference, and thank you for your support. We will always love you, Denali."
If you would like to make a donation to help another dog in honor of Denali, you may do so by sending a tax deductible donation to:
"Denali", Fox Wood Wildlife Rescue, Inc, 11156 Old Glenwood Rd, East Concord, NY 14055
This poor dog was dumped along a busy expressway. She was stiff from being hit by a car, and living off road killed deer. She ran from anyone who tried to lure her or catch her. We became proactive and set up a feeding station for her, and when we saw her actually eating the food at the station, she was trapped just a few days later. She is now living at Fox Wood and learning how to trust humans again!
She is the little brown blob in the middle of the hill of rocks. This is as close as we could get her her in a car. Photographing her on foot was impossible because we couldn't get this close
In the trap, growling and frightened because she is worried about her fate
She was a bag of bones
Just a few weeks later: Happy at Fox Wood. She has free roam of the house and yard. She loves our other dogs, loves car rides and loves to go for walks at the park with her pals. She has gained considerable weight and has been dewormed, de-flead, and will be spayed soon. She is a very young dog that plays like a puppy. It is especially rewarding when she comes running to us now, instead of running away in fear as she did at first. We are so glad that we noticed this sweet dog curled up by the expressway fence and decided to take action to help her!
In the past year, many people have asked to visit Fox Wood
to see the animals. Please allow me to list a few reasons why I am very
hesitant to have visitors, and also to do another annual fundraising Open
1. By nature foxes and coyotes are very shy and visitors
stress them out. This isn't a zoo, its a
sanctuary- designed for the safety and comfort of the animals. I feel trying to
profit from that or exploit the animals is unethical and unfair to the animals.
Where I could probably get more donations by allowing visitors, I don't believe
it is ethical to exploit the animals for money
2. I tried an annual one day only Open House fundraising
event for several years. Many wonderful people contributed auction items,
baskets, helped run the event. But one person arrived early, not identifying
himself, and proceeded to interrogate me as to why my foxes and coyotes were
not allowed to run free outside their pens. I can't believe I was forced to
explain this to someone, and forced to be kind to this person while I was
desperately trying to prepare things for hundreds of guests. Uneducated
extremists are not nice to have around!
3. The following year, another Open house, and people who
should have been working together started bickering. Really? Then an anonymous
writer sent a letter to me after the
event complaining that they saw a guest drinking a beer at my event. So, my
guests, who were large contributors by the way,
are not allowed to have a beer on a hot, sunny, summer afternoon at my
Open House Event? The anonymous writer
thought it might send a message out that all my donations would be spent on
beer??? Really?? Look around. Does it
appear that all our donations were spent on BEER? This was very frustrating,
proving that it only takes one A****e to ruin a good thing for everyone.
4. Animal people can be more venomous than snakes. I have
seen in recent times good rescuers be attacked by people who feel they should
be doing things differently. We see this a lot in rescue- which is one reason
why there are so many small rescue groups.
They are passionate , opinionated people who end up disagreeing on how
rescue should be done. They end up fracturing into smaller groups, or getting
out of rescue all together. They often
fight bitterly, slandering each other and trying to destroy others. In
the end, only the animals lose. This is why from the beginning, I've kept this
rescue very close to the vest, not allowed others other than the close board of
directors to get "involved'. This is why I am able to continue focusing
solely on the animals, putting every single dollar donated into helping the dogs and wildlife that come to Fox
Wood. The animals are the ones fed here-
5. I would rather go without nice clothes, trips, jewelry, a
nice car, etc because I had to spend my own personal money to pay for medical
care, food, housing , etc for the animals. I refuse to compromise my ethics,
exploit the animals or have people pull my focus from the main objective here
with petty differences, jealousy or hatred. At Fox Wood, the welfare of the
animals is what's important.
So, folks, that's why I take photos and post them. They are
the next best thing to being here in person.
Please understand why visitors are politely declined. Thank you!
Through the years, I have gathered urine soaked bedding material from my coyote pens to give to people that were having issues with wildlife. They have used the urine to encourage raccoon mothers to safely relocate their young without having to trap the female and then destroy the young left behind because they didn't realize she had young. In New York State, wildlife rehabilitators have to be specially licensed to raise orphaned raccoons and because of the prohibitive requirtements only a handful of rehabilitators for orphaned raccoons exist. These rehabilitators get filled up to the maximum # of baby raccoons they can handle very early in the year. that leaves hundreds of thousands of orphaned baby raccoons and the people who find them without options. These numbers could be greatly cut if people would use a combination of light, noise and coyote urine soaked bedding material to encourage momma to find another location to raise her young. Many wild mammals do not want to keep their young in an area where there are predators such as coyotes and foxes. Red foxes don't want to raise their young where there is a coyote roaming nearby. If a coyote finds a littler of young fox, it will kill them. They do this to ensure there is enough prey for their own pups. Sprinkling coyote urine soaked materials near a red or gray fox den will encourage momma fox to move her pups to a "safer" location.
Recently, a friend of mine had chipmunks chew the wire harness of his brand new truck causing some very expensive repairs that were not covered under the warranty. It seems the new harness coating is "environmentally friendly" and tasty to rodents. He had the problem repaired, with new "environmentally friendly" wire harness coating. Worried it would happen again, he picked up some coyote urine soaked material and put it into a metal box with holes in it. He placed this under his truck in the parking spot. Interestingly enough, not only have chipmunks not chewed the new harness, but he hasn't even seen a chipmunk anywhere near his house since. Prior to that, there were many, many of them in his wood piles and such.
I've been using Red fox urine from my fox pens to make skunks and raccoons relocate themselves for years. They don't want to be anywhere near foxes or coyotes - especially if they have young. I've been a licensed humane nuisance control agent for 19 years. Unlike others who just trap and destroy, I work with the animals natural instincts to get them to leave on their own- saving lives!
Many people have come to get coyote urine to keep deer, rabbits and woodchucks from eating their garden vegetables, hostas and flowers.
Because of my need for donations, I am going to offer coyote and fox urine soaked bedding to the general public via my website. It is a cruelty-free product and unlike the fur farms and trappers where coyote and fox urine is gathered now, my coyotes and foxes live comfortable happy lives at my sanctuary. Call it "happy pee" if you want, but it sure works, and smells and performs better than the bottled stuff created by animals under stress or killed. I will gather it fresh when I get a request, and ship it out that day. The money raised will go straight toward the care of injured and orphaned wildlife and also for making the living conditions for the permanent coyote and fox residents better and happier for them.
At present, I will mail the urine soaked bedding in plastic bags in a padded envelope. A one gallon ziplock bag will be $20, shipping and handling is free! I will give more details as soon as I do some more research on how to do this. Until then, it can be purchased by clicking on the tip jar, and donating $20 to Fox Wood. Write a brief note and tell me if you prefer coyote or fox urine. You may ask me any questions by e-mailing me at : firstname.lastname@example.org
An natural repellent for skunks, raccoons, skunks, deer, red fox, gray fox, chipmunks, woodchucks. Cruelty-free "happy pee" created by happy, content, well cared for foxes and coyotes at our sanctuary!