“The snowy owl that has been spotted recently in the Washington D.C. area was brought to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for care early this morning after reportedly being hit by a bus in the 15th and I St. area of the District. The owl was found by the Metropolitan Police who reported the injury to the National Zoological Police. The owl was transferred by the DC Police to the Zoo and cared for by Dr. Jessica Siegal-Willott at the Zoo’s hospital.
Upon arrival, the snowy owl was alert and responsive but subdued. There were no obvious physical injuries but there was blood on the bird. Upon further examination, blood was found in the mouth which is consistent with suspected head trauma. The owl was provided supportive care which included pain medication, Meloxicam, and non-steroid inflammatory drug akin to aspirin and provided fluids sub-cutaneously. Our team made sure the bird was comfortable and in a quiet atmosphere while waiting for it to be picked up by City Wildlife for rehabilitation. Per standard and established protocol, wild animals such as this snowy owl, are provided care and released back into the wild by a state or in this case a city-affiliated animal organization. City Wildlife Biologist Abby Hehmeyer says they will give the owl x-rays in order to determine any missed injuries, but their goal is to release her as soon as possible.
Our team of veterinarians believes the owl is female. This was determined by the size and color, since females tend to be a little larger and darker than male snowy owls.”
“The window allows them [sharpshooters] to do it any night between January 2, 2014 and March 31, 2014 between 9:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. Roads will be closed when any sharpshooting is underway. Any deer killed will go to homeless shelters and places to feed the needy. The target is to kill 106 deer during the three-month window, but getting the population down to the goal of 15 to 20 per square mile will take several years.”
“On Friday December 20, 2013 the Washington Humane Society (WHS) Humane Law Enforcement Department discovered a male white-tailed deer severely injured from an arrow wound to the shoulder area on the 4000 block of 1st Place, SW, near the intersection of 1st Place and South Capital St., SW.
Due to the severity of his injuries, the deer was humanely euthanized and WHS is now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
WHS Officers have reason to believe that this buck was a member of a heard which frequented the area often, likely from the wooded area adjacent to the Anacostia Freeway. The wound appeared to be approximately 1 week old when the buck was discovered on December 20, 2013.
If you have any information about this case, please contact the
Washington Humane Society Humane Law Enforcement Department:
Information will be kept confidential upon request.”
“Gun Shots to Put Down Rabid Raccoon – Community Advisory
On December 29, 2013, Takoma Park Police responded to Sligo Creek Parkway and Heather Avenue for reports of a rabid raccoon. Based on the raccoon’s behavior and demeanor, it was deemed to be rabid and had to be put down. Animal control is en route to pick up the raccoon.”
Odd happening this morning at my home at 15th & V next to St Augustine’s Church. A smile anyway. Woke up to a live hen in my front yard today, yes, in busy downtown Washington, DC. Animal control came and was very gentle. On the 3rd Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…”
“Hippity hop…have you seen Peter Cottontail? If so, we need your help! The District Department of the Environment, Fisheries and Wildlife Division is monitoring the population of Eastern cottontail rabbits in the District. You can become a Citizen Scientist by recording your rabbit sightings and sharing them with our biologists. Your efforts will play a vital role in helping protect and conserve rabbits in the city. For more information on the program and how to become a volunteer, please contact Lindsay Rohrbaugh at citizen.science(at)dc.gov”
If you walk along the new riverfront park in Georgetown and stop at the concrete corner about that sticks out into the Potomac, you can often see a group of beavers that seem to be making their home around that chunk of concrete. We’ve had the best luck seeing them around sunset, swimming and sitting in the reeds on the embankment. It’s odd they live there. I wonder if the are have made a “dam” and are living in one of the giant drainage culverts/pipes along there.”
This weekend I saw some crazy photos on Facebook of Deer all over the place – even on Connecticut Avenue. Thanks to CarrieA for uploading these to the PoPville flickr pool. Are others noticing lots more deer (even in the daytime) in unusual places lately?