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Today - May 24, 2008 - seemed to be the day all the female deer in Hopatcong and Stanhope (and I'm guessing in a lot of other towns, too) have decided to deliver their babies .... ANYWHERE! AND EVERYWHERE!
I received 3 calls today and the police dispatch told me they've gotten at least 30 calls about fawns just turning up in their yards, lawns, porches ... AND right on the roads!
I picked one up myself today; it was in the middle of Hudson Avenue. Mom just delivered it while she was walking, then went up a hill a little ways and delivered another. I brought the first fawn up to where she deposited the second fawn. She was 50-75 feet further away, snorting at me ~ she was more than upset! However, she let me bring the fawns together, and I watched her licking them when I got back to my vehicle. I was grateful for the help of a kind man who helped me get it back to her. We had to hand the fawn off to each other as we trudged up the heavily wooded hill. I'm sorry I didn't get his name, but he has my thanks!
NOW FOR SOME FAWN FACTS .....
If you find a fawn anywhere on the road, please call Police Dispatch so they can notify me (your Animal Control Officer).
If you find a fawn anywhere on your property . . . . LEAVE IT ALONE!
You can bring the baby to the edge of your property if it's a bit more wooded; it's safer there than in the center of your lawn.
Its Mom is somewhere nearby, either delivering another baby or foraging for food. She will ALWAYS come back for it, usually in the evening - especially if it's a fairly active area. If the fawn is still there in the morning, then we know something happened to the Mom. That's when you should call Police Dispatch so I can come & get it to a wildlife rehabilitator. These are people who are State-certified to handle wildlife. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FEED IT YOURSELF! ANYTHING you feed it is harmful and could even kill it. You, too, can help by going online & searching for a wildlife rehabilitor in northern NJ ~ there aren't many of them. Very few will pick up the baby from you; usually, you'd have to drive it to them. Wrap it in a blanket and place it on the back seat of your car. Just don't make any quick turns!
If you own a dog or cat that goes outside, try to keep the cat in for the night & walk your dog in an area that's not near the fawn.
There might be one unfortunate result of leaving it overnight. It might be subject to predation, but it would have to be a seriously larger animal that would take it. This is pretty unlikely, because Mom is usually nearby enough to hear it if it cries. If it does happen, however, you must remember that this is nature at work and every animal in it is part of the food chain. It may seem cruel, but it is entirely necessary.
If you have the ability to LEAVE IT ALONE, make the best of it and get out your camera!
Saturday evening there was a bear sleeping about a hundred feet up in a tree on Sharp by the municipal building. The Hopatcong Police had to chase the photographers and on-lookers. When the bear was left alone that night, he came down from the tree and went about his normal bear business.
Great opportunity to see nature at work ... in the vicinity of Hudson Avenue-Maxim Drive-Crescent Cove-Wildwood Shores ....
Many sightings of an absolutely gorgeous Red Fox have been reported in this area. This large male is a beautiful example of the species. Best guess is that his habitat has been disturbed by the new home construction up on the hill between DuPont & Hudson. He’s been sighted, also, with a smaller Red Fox, presumed to be his mate, a female. She hasn’t been seen as much lately; she’s probably dealing with pups in her nest right now, so the male is taking up hunting duty.
Foxes are mostly nocturnal, out between midnight & dawn, which is why we don’t usually see them. As with any nocturnal animal, you will occasionally see them out in the daytime, usually late afternoon, which is a good wake-up-and-potty moment before napping until night. So don’t be surprised to see them around in the early morning or late afternoon.
Foxes are omnivores, so will eat fruit, insects, worms, small mammals such as voles, mice, chipmunks. They actually help control what we consider vermin and pests.
Foxes are solitary animals, unless it’s mating season (January), when they may be seen in pairs. They are NOT pack animals, although related to canines. Generally, they don’t pose any threat to humans & actually prefer to avoid us. But when normal food sources are scarce, foxes may be tempted to venture into ‘our’ territory (even though they were here long before any of us ever were). Keep trash cans tightly shut, just as you would for bears, raccoons, possums, and stray cats. If there’s no food source at your place, the fox will not waste his time there.
The fox in the area where sightings were reported appears to have no fear of humans. This is good and bad. It’s good because you have a wonderful photographic opportunity, but it’s bad because he SHOULD be wary of humans. It’s possible one or more folks in the area have been leaving out food ~ maybe for some local cats ~ that this fox has found. The more they get used to our scent, the less fearful they become.
While foxes may eat small mammals, there’s always a chance one may decide that a cat or small dog is worth a chance. Foxes have very poor eyesight, so may even mistake a domestic pet for prey. Foxes can also transmit Rabies.
RULES OF THUMB FOR LIVING WITH WILDLIFE
~ Supervise all pets when outside. Ideally, they should be at the end of a leash that you’re holding. Leaving small dogs tethered outside, even with appropriate shelter and water, can still put them in danger from predatory animals. Being tethered puts them at a defensive disadvantage should anything happen. Don’t forget ~ along with predatory animals, there are predatory birds such as eagles, hawks, vultures. Many kittens, even cats, have gone missing this way. In an ideal animal-friendly world, all cats would live indoors and all dogs would wander only with a human companion....
~ Keep all trash under tight wrap!
~ Be mindful of bird feeders and other wildlife attractants. Ideally, take the bird feeders in at night.
~ Other attractants:
› Your barbeque grill! Raccoons especially are attracted to the odors emanating from your backyard during a cookout, and know where to find the ‘leftovers’ you perhaps hadn’t thought about, such as the delicious grill itself. Having opposable thumbs, raccoons can open up the grill top for a refreshing slurp. Also, grease may build up under the grill or drip onto the ground or deck ~ also yummy places for snacking. Clean your grills after each use!
› Clutter. Clutter, clutter, clutter ~ clean it out! Critters just love clutter to nest or sleep in.
› Cracks & crevices, especially in roofs/attics ~ perfect nesting & sleeping spots, too. Seal ‘em up! (But be sure any ‘residents’ are out for the day!)
~ KEEP YOUR CAMERA HANDY!
Rabies is a preventable viral disease that causes acute encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). The virus exists in the saliva of mammals and is transmitted from animal to animal or from animal to human by biting and/or scratching. The virus can also be spread by licking, when infected saliva makes contact with open cuts or wounds, and with the mouth, eyes, and nose. If left untreated in humans and animals, rabies is fatal. Therefore, to survive rabies exposure it is necessary to complete a rabies treatment under the supervision of a medical professional.
REMEMBER: The best way to prevent the spread of rabies is the vaccination of house pets and people.
Thanks to pet owners across the United States complying with animal vaccination requirements, immunization has helped control the spread of rabies and has kept the general human and pet population relatively rabies-free. And, because of the rabies vaccine, as long as your pets are up-to-date on their shots, even if they come across a rabid animal in the backyard or in a park, they have an excellent chance of survival with the help of a veterinarian's care. To protect humans, there is a rabies vaccine for humans and an immune globulin (a protein that comes from the blood of a person or animal that has developed a resistance to rabies); both work to protect humans from the rabies virus. However, timing, as well as medication, is important to rabies prevention. For example, if you are a person who is planning to work in or travel to an environment where rabies is a risk, you should get vaccinated before you enter that environment; that's pre-exposure vaccination. And all those who have been exposed to rabies, whether or not they have had pre-exposure vaccination, absolutely must have post-exposure treatment as soon as possible. Pre-exposure vaccination is for people who, because of their jobs or travel destinations, are in danger of being exposed to the rabies virus.
Post-exposure treatment is necessary for everyone who even suspects that he or she has come in contact with a rabid animal, whether he or she had pre-exposure vaccination or not.
Of the 32 human rabies cases reported between 1990 and 2000, 24 were caused by contact with bats, making bats a major concern when it comes to rabies and humans. Because bat teeth are small, bite marks are small as well. And bat bites don't hurt as much as a bite from other, bigger animals, so they have been known to go undetected. In fact, sometimes bat bites don't hurt at all, which is why people have been bitten and infected while sleeping, without ever feeling a thing.
The above sourced info was taken from the rabies.com website. Please visit that site to learn more about Rabies so you can protect you and your family now that spring's here and the critters are waking up out there .....
RABIES RULES OF THUMB
REMEMBER: RABIES IS ALMOST ALWAYS FATAL, WITH AN AGONIZING DEATH.
DON'T try to capture (or kill ~ see the section on Legal animal control issues) the bat flying around your house. Call the ACO to capture it. In some cases, the bat will need to be tested for Rabies. The test will determine if the bat had Rabies & whether the exposed person or family needs to have post-exposure Rabies vaccinations. Only the ACO can determine whether anyone was exposed, so it's essential to call when you find a bat in your house. Harming or killing the bat can destroy the ability to test it. If that's the case, you MUST receive post-exposure Rabies vaccinations, even if the bat wasn't rabid. Under no circumstances should you try to "shoo" it out of the house. Close all windows in the room in which you find the bat, close the door & put a towel under it. If you don't have a fear of bats, try to keep an eye on its location; this will help the ACO to find it & capture it. Just about the only way a bat in our area would bite you while you're sleeping is because you've bumped it or rolled over on it; bats here don't willingly 'attack' people. They bite defensively, because they're threatened somehow. Bats prefer secluded sleeping places, and ~ remember ~ they sleep during the day & wake up at dusk. But they do come back before dawn, so can sometimes make their sleeping place in your bedding, if they happen to lose their way somehow & find themselves in your home; that's how you come into contact with one while you're sleeping. Bats in our area are very small & can fit through infinitesimally tiny cracks & spaces.... Besides, bats are a protected species because our local bats can eat as many as 1,000 mosquitoes each night, helping to prevent the spread of diseases like West Nile Virus in humans and heartworm in dogs and cats. Vampire bats are found only in South America, so there's no reason to fear them here. Even there, they prefer livestock to humans.
Besides the bat, wild animals most likely to present a Rabies danger in our area are: skunk, raccoon, fox. Other species (groundhogs/woodchucks, opossum, squirrels, chipmunks) pose a lesser threat. Under NO circumstances should you attempt to trap any of these animals. The ACO is the only person authorized to trap. If you're having a problem with any of them, call the ACO, who will respond & work with you to resolve the situation.
THE GRUESOME TEST
Unfortunately, the ONLY way to test for the presence of Rabies Virus is by analyzing the brain tissue. Rabies is a disease of the nervous system, and the brain is the center of the nervous system's functions. Unfortunately, again, the only way to test brain tissue is via death ~ either 'naturally' due to Rabies infection, or by euthanasia and decapitation of the suspected animal. When folks kill any animal by crushing its skull, they are destroying the very thing they need to determine whether they were exposed. This scenario REQUIRES the person to get post-exposure Rabies vaccinations.
Many years ago, the vaccinations were given in the abdominal area. The Solar Plexus is the nerve center of your body. A blow to this area can kill. It's a very sensitive area & the vaccinations were very painful. They're now in a series of 3-5 injections, given in the muscle, usually in the arm.
Your taxes pay the salary of the ACO, so why not use this municipal service? The best rule of thumb? If in doubt about ANY domestic or wild animal issue ... call your ACO!
DON'T KILL IT! Bats are a protected species, and you could be fined or jailed for killing a bat. There are also laws against trapping or killing other wildlife, such as bear, deer, coyote, fox, raccoons, opossums, rabbits, skunks, groundhogs/woodchucks, squirrels, chipmunks, even snakes. Protected birds are: any hawk, Canada geese, turkey vultures. The law firmly states that IT IS ILLEGAL TO FEED, TRAP, HARBOR or HARM ANY WILDLIFE, as well as stray domestic cats. You can also be cited for animal cruelty, because the method you use is far from humane. These laws exist so that the people who know these animals are the people to capture and care for them. After all, these critters were here before you moved in. We've taken their land (housing & food sources) & turned it into living space for presumed-intelligent bipeds (us!). It's only natural the critters would still forage & seek shelter in familiar territory. They are usually not aggressive, and will want to run away & hide when confronted. However, moms nursing babies somewhere in the nearby woods can be quite defensive....
LIVING IN HARMONY WITH NATURE
You CAN live in harmony with nature & its local wild denizens. Your ACO is trained to handle each situation with the knowledge of the habits of each of these wild species. The ACO in Hopatcong responds quickly to residents' complaints and concerns, not just with action, but with sound advice for prevention/deterrence ~ so just call!
After business hours and on weekends, call the police (973 398-5000), who will summon the ACO to respond.
WHAT YOUR ACO CAN & CANNOT RESPOND TO ......
1) Bats or other wild animals in your LIVING QUARTERS (inside your home, in the places occupied by humans).
2) Threatening animals, whether wild or domestic, confined or not.
3) Stray domestic animals that are confined (in your fenced yard, on a leash, tied to a pole or other structure). It is not recommended that you confine the animal in your car unless absolutely necessary. If so, be sure the animal cannot contact any part of your body.
4) Injured or sick wild or stray domestic animals.
5) Animal bites. Please report ALL bites, whether to people or to other animals, such as your pets. Report everything: wild-to-domestic, domestic-to-wild, wild-to-human, domestic-to-human. It is especially important to report bites by any animal that escapes or runs away. Not knowing the Rabies status of the biting animals can have serious ~ or even lethal ~ consequences if not reported.
1) Bats or other wild animals in your attic, basement, under the porch, in your shed. These are NOT considered LIVING QUARTERS. These spaces are handled by exterminators. Find a licensed local exterminator who is well-trained in humane trapping & removal techniques. Don't be afraid to ask, in advance, how they'd handle your situation.
2) Unconfined domestic animals that are "at large" ~ basically, on the loose. It's almost impossible to capture such an animal because four legs are far superior to two. The chase can go on for hours, with no effect. The best way to handle this is to simply report the sighting & describe the animal & its current location. Sometimes it can be second-guessed if a pattern exists in its wanderings.
After regular business hours on weekdays, and on Saturdays & Sundays, your ACO can respond ONLY TO EMERGENCIES, such as the sick or dying animal, the animal struck by a car, and threat/bite situations, as well as any animal in your living quarters. Basically, any situation that immediately jeopardizes human or animal welfare. The ACO can also pick up an animal you've found AND have confined in some way.
You MUST call the Police at 973 398-5000 to report your emergency.
The Borough of Hopatcong's licensensing period ('year') begins June 1, every year . If your pet is 7 months old or older, the law requires licensing of both dogs and cats, regardless of when the age limit is reached within the licensing year. Part of your license fee supports the State's free Rabies clinics, open to all NJ residents at any town offering the shots. (Check with your local & surrounding town's main municipal office for the dates.) Another part of the license fee supports the State's low-cost spay/neuter program, and the rest supports the Hopatcong Pound. If you have a new pet, please bring or send proof of Rabies Vaccination, and proof of neutering if your pet is 'fixed'. Starting July 1 in each year, a monthly $2.00 late fee will apply. Please make sure the Rabies Vaccination is good for 10 of the months of the licensing year. If not, please update Rabies Vaccination before applying for license..
IF RENEWING LICENSE BY MAIL:
For the licensing year 6/1/11-5/31/12, DO NOT send renewals before June 1, 2011; they will be returned.
Return all copies of the application, proof of spay or neuter, and rabies certificate which shall not expire before March 31, 2011 ~ along with a self-addressed envelope with two (2) first-class stamps. Make checks payable to: The Borough of Hopatcong.
For the licensing year 6/1/10-5/31/11, YOU ARE LATE! Get your dog(s) and/or cat(s) licensed right away. In addition to the $2 monthly late fee, you could be issued a summons for failure to license, and possibly for a non-current Rabies vaccination.
If you find a bat in your house, please call for Animal Control
to catch the bat and have it tested for rabies. During
business hours call the animal control telephone number 973
770-1200 ext. 151. After hours please call the police
at 973 398-5000.
Many dogs are getting out because batteries die, power goes out, and snow insulates the hidden fences. Please be careful and put their tags on them. Even with a hidden fence, they run. Even better than the tags is the micro chip. The cost is about $35.00 and a $12.50 registration fee for the life of your faithful companion. Borough of Hopatcong Control scans all domestic animals. We find a chip and your friend comes right home.
A stray cat is not a feral cat.
A stray is a cat who has been abandoned or who has strayed from home and become lost. Stray cats can usually be re-socialized and adopted.
A feral cat is an unsocialized cat.
Either he was born outside and never lived with humans, or he is a house cat who has strayed from home and over time has thrown off the effects of domestication and reverted to a wild state.
Feral cats should not be taken to local shelters to be adopted. Feral cats are not pet cats, and they will be killed at most shelters. Because they’re unadoptable, they sometimes don’t even make it to the shelter, but are killed in the animal control truck. Even no-kill shelters are not able to place feral cats in homes.
Feral kittens can be adopted. Feral kittens can often be tamed and placed in homes, but they must be socialized in their first weeks of life. This is a critical window and if they aren’t handled in time, they will remain feral and therefore unadoptable.
Feral cats have about the same lifespan as pet cats. And they contract diseases at about the same low rate. The incidence of disease in feral cat colonies is no higher than among owned cats. Feral cats are not the cause of wildlife depletion. Studies show that the overwhelming cause of wildlife depletion is destruction of natural habitat due to man-made structures, chemical pollution, pesticides, and drought — not feral cats.
Trap and remove doesn’t work. Not only would you have to continue to remove cats, this process is extremely costly. Other cats simply move in to take advantage of the available resources and they breed prolifically, quickly forming a new colony. This “vacuum effect” is well documented. Trap, neuter, and return does work. No more kittens. Their numbers gradually go down. The annoying behaviors of mating cats, such as yowling or fighting, stop. The cats are vaccinated and they are fed on a regular schedule. This ongoing care creates a safety net for both the cats and the community.
About Stray and Feral Cats
Feral cats. They sleep in our parks, military bases, alleyways, farmyards, barns, college campuses, and deserted buildings. Abandoned by their human families or simply lost, unsterilized housecats eventually band together in groups called colonies. Without human contact for a prolonged period, the colonies become feral. They make homes wherever they can find food, be it in dumpsters or under a boardwalk. Mothers teach their kittens to avoid humans and to defend themselves. And their numbers steadily increase, even if meager scraps are all the food to be had.
No one knows exactly how many feral cats live in the United States, but the number is estimated in the tens of millions. They are often wrongly portrayed as disease-ridden nuisances living tragic lives and responsible for endangering native species. As a consequence, feral feline communities too frequently are rounded up and because they have had little or no human contact and are thus unadoptable they are killed. But removing and killing feral cats does not reduce feral cat populations. It only provides space for more cats to move in and start the breeding process again. Unspayed, feral female cats spend most of their lives pregnant and hungry, as will the female kittens that survive. Unneutered tomcats roam to find, and fight to win, mates, and often suffer debilitating wounds in the process. Half of all kittens born in feral colonies die within their first year. Alley Cat Allies has a solution that not only reduces feral cat populations, but also improves and extends the lives of colony members: Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).
TNR is a comprehensive plan where entire feral colonies are humanely trapped, then evaluated, vaccinated, and neutered by veterinarians. Kittens and cats that are tame enough to be adopted are placed in good homes. Adult cats are returned to their familiar habitat to live out their lives under the watchful care of sympathetic neighborhood volunteers. TNR works. Cat populations are gradually reduced. Nuisance behaviors associated with breeding, such as the yowling of females or the spraying of toms, are virtually eliminated. Disease and malnutrition are greatly reduced. The cats live healthy, safe, and peaceful lives in their territories.
The Borough of Hopatcong animal control is here to help you with your animal needs. Please keep me informed.
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K. I. S. S. Inc. is a registered non-profit charitable organization in the state of NJ and a 501(c) (3) Federal Tax Exempt Organization. WE HAVE A VARIETY OF CATS/ KITTENS JUST WAITING TO BE SOMEONE SPECIAL'S KITTY! Please stop by and see us!
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K.I.S.S. evolved from a group of women who desperately wanted to make a difference in the lives of unwanted cats and kittens. Meeting each other ?by chance? they following their hearts, finding forever homes for their homeless cats and kittens, many of which were turned away from shelters because they were full. K.I.S.S. is not a shelter, but strictly a foster program with limitations. We do not accept owner surrenders.
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Adopting a pet is a lifelong decision! (The life of the the pet , that is, and that could be 15-20 years or longer). We pride ourselves on nurturing relationships prior to and after the adoption. A PURRFECT match is our GOAL! Another reminder that adopting a cat is a 15-20 year commitment.
An approved application can reserve your cat/kitten. Please do not forget our adults. No doubt most of them got adopted as little kittens (as ours do now), and someone had promised to love them unconditionally. Now they are homeless for whatever the reason... Please adopt one of our LOVING ADULTS..............Many beautiful adult cats are getting passed over for kittens...just remember in 6 months your cute little kitten will start looking like an adult cat!
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We do not have a facility. All adoptions are done either through private appointment or weekends at PETSMART, Rockaway Mall.
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BARKS (Byram Animal Rescue Kindness Squad) is a non-profit, all volunteer, animal rescue organization founded in 1973 to provide veterinary care, housing and permanent placement of stray and abandoned cats and dogs.
BARKS works in association with the Byram Pound located on Mansfield Drive in Byram Township, N.J. In addition to the pets that can be seen at the Byram Pound, we also have many cats in foster homes and several dogs in local kennels. These pets can be seen by appointment and at our regularly scheduled adoption days.
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Dale Sloat at The Borough Animal Control