Dark Nights = Danger to Wildlife

This Northern Saw-whet Owl was clipped by a car and injured his wing. Here he is recovering in the Wildlife Hospital, wearing a wing wrap. Photo by Alison Hermance

With Daylight Savings Time ending, more cars will be on the road in the dark, and fragile wildlife is directly in their path. Animals don’t know we’ve moved our clocks back, and their habits don’t change. But suddenly our busiest commute hours happen after dark!

Here at WildCare, we’re preparing for a traumatic and busy time of year. You can help!

As soon as the clock changes, the calls increase. When this little Northern Saw-whet Owl was clipped by a vehicle one fall, we weren’t sure if he’d survive. Terrified and in pain, he fought our every move to help. He wouldn’t even eat.

But we didn’t give up on him … caring people like you count on us to help our fragile neighbors. With persistent attention, he healed and is now back home in the wild. Will this year’s wounded owls be so lucky? Will the coyote with a broken leg and the opossum with internal injuries survive?

That depends on you. We care for as many as 4,000 injured and orphaned animals each year. But to ensure each one has a chance, we need your partnership—please make a gift and join us today.

Our hospital is stockpiling splints, preparing bandages, putting warm blankets in safe enclosures, and mobilizing staff and volunteers. Now all we need is you.

Thank you for being a true friend to animals in need.

This entry was posted in Wildlife Patient Stories by Alison Hermance.

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