Wildlife Health Information
Thanks to a collaborative effort by the UW-Madison and the U.S. Geological Survey, a new online map now tracks wildlife disease outbreaks around the world.
The Global Wildlife Disease News Map, which is updated daily, also explains possible effects on domestic animals and human beings.
The map can be accessed at http://wildlifedisease.nbii.gov. Users can browse the latest reports on almost 50 diseases and other health conditions, such as pesticide and lead poisoning, by geographic location.
Click here for an for an overview of the law and what to consider when confronted with a client that has a wildlife issue.
Wildlife regulations can also be reviewed at http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/Regulations.aspx.
Click here for wildlife information from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) would like to remind local veterinary clinics and animal shelters the proper protocol for handling sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife that the public may bring to you for care and how to enlist the help of a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility. Any DVM may render emergency care and treatment to sick or injured wildlife without a wildlife rehabilitation license, but after such care is rendered, wildlife shall be transferred to either a licensed wildlife rehabilitator or CPW within 24 hours of initial contact with the wildlife. The following documents will help facilities know what to do and provide a current list of all licensed wildlife rehabilitation facilities within the State of Colorado:
Animal Help Now App
How often do you get calls about injured or in-trouble wildlife? Now there’s an app for that! Animal Help Now has created the first nationwide wildlife emergency app to provide immediate and appropriate assistance for any wildlife emergency, coast to coast. Animal Help Now’s database includes more than 3,700 helpers, including wildlife rehabilitators, rescues, and hotlines, as well as veterinarians who treat wildlife. Animal Help Now even offers access to businesses that humanely resolve conflicts with wildlife, such as raccoons in attics and skunks under porches.
The Animal Help Now program not only serves people who are trying to help animals – and by extension serves the animals themselves – it also serves animal emergency professionals. Equally important, it helps elevate the status of animals in society in that it demonstrates by its very existence that animal emergencies deserve immediate and effective attention. Learn more at https://ahnow.org/#/.