In the Yukon, a warm winter is leaving wildlife at risk. In Southern Ontario, a particularly cold winter is leaving wildlife at risk. And in the middle of it all are the heroes we know as wildlife rehabilitators.
It’s certainly been a tough winter, whether you’re in the far North West or the South central portion of our vast country.
A wildlife biologist in the Yukon explained to the CBC that the mild winter there may be good news for some small mammals – like squirrels and porcupines – but it could be very difficult for others, like moose and caribou.
"It’s an indication of a warming climate that both people and local wildlife will need to adapt to," government biologist Tom Jung told the CBC. "Some will have little difficulty adapting, while others will be significantly challenged to do so in a timely manner."
Meanwhile, in Southern Ontario, waterfowl and numerous small mammals are struggling with a lack of food resources and harsh conditions due to an unusually long and cold winter.
Wild Earth Refuge in Durham brought in a raccoon that had been frozen to snow under a tree (pictured above), as well as geese, mallards and other waterfowl who have been unable to find food or safe water in which to rest.
This time of year many animals are suffering – and you can help them. Find out who your closest rehabilitator is and visit their social media outlets, website or give them a call – they’ll all have a wish list of supplies and possible volunteer opportunities.
As seasons change, wild animals are forced to adapt. And sometimes, they need a helping hand. Thank you to every single wildlife rehabilitator and volunteer for all you do for the animals!
Photo provided by Wild Earth Refuge