Photos from: Wildlife Care of Southern California
Many threats are currently facing wildlife throughout the U.S. including the devastating wildfires currently burning in California, Oregon, and Washington. Other threats, such as poisoning by rodenticides, are not as talked about but are negatively impacting the survival of many species.
Sadly, this invisible and silent killer claimed the life of yet another wild animal this week; a bobcat suffering from mange after most-likely ingesting a poisoned rodent.
It is excruciating for the poor animal and senseless!
WAN talked exclusively with Anna Marie Reams, the Founder and Executive Director of Wildlife Care of Southern California, about an emaciated bobcat that she recently rescued (pictured above) from the Topanga Mountains and tried to save.
In a heart-wrenching social media post, Reams, who specializes in working with coyotes and the more-elusive bobcats who have mange due to rat poision, explained that she did not want the bobcat to die “without people knowing his fight.”
“He was a male bobcat and weighed in at 8 pounds where he should have weighed at least 20 pounds,” shared Reams, further explaining that the animal was suffering from mange and was extremely dehydrated, anemic, and his gums were white.”
“It has been proven by the National Park Service that wild animals are predisposed to mange after they ingest poisoned rodents which compromise their immune systems. The poison is stored in the liver further attacking the body,” explained Reams.
“Poison bait is a common method of ground squirrel and rodent control because it requires relatively little labor when compared to other methods. It involves distributing bait which is put in bait stations in and around agricultural buildings, livestock or domestic areas, crops, orchards, groves, vineyards, campgrounds, restaurants, golf courses, recreational areas, and nurseries, just to name a few,” Reams told WAN. “The irony in using this poisoned bait is that they are an attractant and will draw rodents in. Once the rodent consumes the bait, it could take up to four days to die. That is when a predator, such as this bobcat or a coyote, will catch him and they will die as well.”
Reams told WAN that she receives calls to help wild animals with mange from around the country and Canada.
“As we encroach on wild places, animals and people are forced to live closer together. Wild animals have adapted to urban life and some are benefiting from living within our community and can be beneficial in keeping rodent populations down, but not if we poison their food source,” continued Reams. “By adapting our behavior, we can safely learn to coexist with them, without resorting to poison.
Sadly, the bobcat that Reams rescued passed away as a result of rat poison. That is why it is so important to refrain from using any poison in your yard and look for alternatives.
New anti-rodenticide legislation is now on the desk of California Governor Gavin Newsom. Once signed by the Governor, Bill 1788, The California Ecosystems Protection Act, will ban second generation rodenticide use in California and the use of any rodenticides in state parks.
You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg
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Earlier this week, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) sent letters to local, state, and federal agencies urging them to immediately investigate after a Goshen-based traveling circus publicly acknowledged that its unable to provide basic care for Minnie, the elephant in its custody, as a result of the COVID-19 lockdowns.
“We were extremely worried about Minnie well before the COVID-19 crisis and are even more so now,” Courtney Fern, the NhRP’s Director of Government Relations and Campaigns, said in a statement.
For over two years, the NhRP has been fighting in court and alongside local activists to free Minnie, a 48-year-old wild-born Asian elephant, to one of the two accredited elephant sanctuaries in the United States; both of which have offered her lifelong care at no cost to the Commerford Zoo. Recently, the NhRP learned of an online fundraiser set up by the family that sold Minnie (whom they call Mignon) to the Commerford Zoo in 1976.
With the authorization of the Commerford Zoo, the GoFundMe page seeks to raise $2.4 million to enable them to meet Minnie’s most basic needs, including food and veterinary care due to COVID-19, which has “impoverished the farm that supports them,” and is “in desperate need of support,” according to the description of the fundraiser. Created over a month ago, the fundraiser has only raised $1,405 so far.
“We understand the Commerford Zoo is in dire straights,” continued Fern. “For their sake and the sake of the many animals at their facility, they need to let Minnie go to a sanctuary. It is abhorrent for them not to do so immediately.”
The NhRP has repeatedly offered to drop its litigation against the Commerford Zoo—originally brought on behalf of Minnie and two elephants, Beulah and Karen, who have since died—if they agreed to release Minnie to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee (TES) or the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary (PAWS). Both facilities are vastly larger than the Commerford Zoo’s property and specially designed to meet elephants’ complex needs. The Commerford Zoo has ignored these offers.
The NhRP finds this fundraiser especially disappointing and egregious because the organizers and the Commerford Zoo are aware that Minnie has a place waiting for her in a sanctuary, and it would not cost them anything to do the right thing and release her.
Minnie is controlled by a bullhook, confined most of the time to a dark, barren barn, and lacks the company of other elephants.
Beulah and Karen both died in 2019, leaving Minnie the sole surviving elephant in the custody of the Commerford Zoo. As confirmed by the USDA in response to an inquiry from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) after Beulah collapsed in public at the Big E fair, Beulah died as a result of blood poisoning caused by a uterine infection that the Commerford Zoo was aware that she had when they transported her to the venue, and sadly Karen died of kidney disease.
Founded in Goshen, Connecticut, by Robert “Bob” W. Commerford, the Commerford Zoo (also known as R.W. Commerford & Sons (and or) the Kids Fun Fair & Zoo) owns Minnie the elephant, as well as: camels, sheep, goats, llamas, donkeys, pygmy horses, ringtail lemurs, macaws, a kangaroo, and a zebra, among other animals. The USDA has cited the Commerford Zoo more than 50 times for failing to adhere to the minimum standards required by the Animal Welfare Act.
The NhRP is considering its next steps in its elephant rights litigation on Minnie’s behalf after the Connecticut Supreme Court declined to hear her case. The grassroots campaign to free Minnie to an accredited sanctuary has gained the support of Senator Blumenthal, Connecticut State Representative David Michel, Representative Anne Hughes, and other lawmakers. The NhRP will continue to fight for as long as it takes for Minnie’s release to a sanctuary where her right to liberty will be respected.
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