• SPCA Rescues Deer Caught in a Tight Spot in Pacific Grove

    On October 10th, The SPCA Wildlife Rescue Center rescued a deer caught between a large storage container and a chain link fence on the Pacific Grove Middle School athletic field.  Highly skilled SPCA Wildlife Rescue staff sedated the frightened deer to keep him from injuring himself or wedging himself deeper into the fenceline. Once the deer was sleeping comfortably, rescuers carefully dug a hole and gently guided him out from underneath the fence.  After being taken to an area where he could safely regain consciousness he returned to the woods.  The delicate rescue operation took approximately two hours.  

    Video of his recovery is available here: http://youtu.be/q8El0TpfxwA

    Deer activity is extremely high this time of year.  September, October and November is deer mating season on the central coast, and during this active time deer are much more likely to be on the move near and across roadways.  The SPCA for Monterey County advises drivers to use extreme caution when driving to avoid hitting deer on area roadways this time of year.  Specifically The SPCA advises:

    • Be particularly careful at dawn and dusk when driving, especially where visibility is limited.  Use of high beams when appropriate can provide a greater area of visibility.

    • Slow down and use extreme caution when approaching a deer standing near the side of a road.  Be prepared for the deer to enter the roadway in front of the vehicle.  If necessary, honk your horn and flash your lights to try to scare the deer off of the roadway.

    • Be alert for more deer than you may see at that moment.  Where there’s one deer, there are often more nearby.

    • Use extra caution in areas where deer crossing signs are posted.  These are areas where deer are known to cross roadways.

    • Be particularly cautious in wooded and agricultural areas.

    • Call The SPCA immediately if you see any injured or orphaned wildlife.

    Locally, areas of greatest deer activity at night are Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley Road, the Highway 68 corridor, Holman Highway, River Road, and Highway 1 from Seaside to south of Carmel.  So far this year The SPCA has responded to nine hit-by-car calls with almost all the deer involved either dead on arrival or needing to be humanely euthanized immediately; last year the number of incidents was 18.  The average insurance claim for deer/vehicle collisions in the United States is $3,400 per incident.

    The SPCA for Monterey County is your nonprofit, independent, donor-supported humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Monterey County since 1905. The SPCA is not a chapter of any other agency and does not have a parent organization.  They shelter homeless, neglected and abused pets and livestock, and provide humane education and countless other services to the community. They are the local agency you call to investigate animal cruelty, rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife, and aid domestic animals in distress. Online at www.SPCAmc.org.

    The SPCA Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is the only full service wildlife rehabilitation center serving Monterey County.  The SPCA Wildlife Center’s professional staff operates under permits from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and the US Fish & Wildlife Service and rescues over 2,600 wild animals every year.

     

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 17, 2013

    Topics: Front PG News

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