|Wild Bunch Wildlife Rehabilitation Newsletter -- December 2003
Wild Bunch wishes to give you a brief update of our activities during the month of
December. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Virginia organization devoted to the rescue,
rehabilitation and release of native wildlife. 83 acres have been developed in the
Northern Neck of Virginia near the Rappahannock River to serve as our refuge. The officers
and directors are Erika Yery, Pat Crusenberry, Diana O'Connor, Charlene DeVol and Bonnie
As the year ends, we have compiled our intake figures for 2003. With the addition of a
little brown bat we just received, in all, 430 birds, mammals and reptiles came into our
care. This was a huge endeavor by everyone involved. We are very proud that so few of our
animals succumbed to the various diseases that typically claim lives during the rehab
season. By maintaining a careful vaccination schedule, for those animals that necessitate
them, and carefully following the highest standards of cleanliness, we have been
remarkably successful. By our estimate more than 85 percent of these animals were
successfully released. There are always instances where an animal is too injured or sick
to help, and the best we can do is keep them as comfortable as possible.
We are still receiving calls regarding foxes with mange. This situation will most likely
continue as foxes are continually being forced to inhabit areas that are closer and closer
to homeowners. We have been very pleased however, with the tremendous willingness of these
individuals, and in some cases, the community, to help these foxes regain their health. We
are hearing more people say that they have a desire to co-exist with them peacefully
rather than forcing their relocation or death.
During this time of year, when the temperatures can still become fairly warm during the
day, we anticipate more calls of people finding bats. When the temperature increases they
are drawn out of hibernation but unfortunately, can easily lose their way back to the
roost. With a steady supply of mealworms we can keep them well fed until warmer months
allow us to release them. It is essential that we have a steady temperature in the fifties
for at lease three days before safely releasing them.
If you have been following the local news stories, you should be aware that the Humane
Society of the United States is actively promoting their Fur Free Century and enlisting
the donation of fur items, ranging from coats to scarves to hats, for use in the
rehabilitation of wildlife. This is a very important step in convincing individuals that
donating fur for animals is much more humane than wearing it and continuing to support
those raising and killing fur bearing mammals for profit.
This month our True Stories site is featuring a reprise of a favorite story by Erika. The
Happy New Year Angel. This is the story of a very unexpected raccoon found by Erika on New
Year's Day. Near death, she survived the odds and, after many months of care, was able to
return to her home.
As always, we are grateful for your many generous donations. We could not manage the large
scope of work we must accomplish without your help and support.
Please visit our website at www.wildbunchrehab.org to find out more about our refuge and
the work we do, as well as how to contact us and make donations. Your comments and
suggestions are always welcome. If you would like any friends or relatives added to our
list of newsletter recipients email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The more people that
know about us and can find ways to contribute to the well being of our native Virginia
wildlife the better for all.
We wish all of our Wild Bunch friends and family a very Happy New Year. May the coming
year be kind to all of Mother Nature's creatures. May we find peace in our hearts and
homes and continue to find ways to help all of our wildlife.