At my house, we are battling mice. Sadly, my cat Herman went across the rainbow bridge last fall. He was a great mouser but at the age of 16, he was ready for eternal rest, hence the mouse issue at our house. So, we set out sticky traps. These are little houses, basically, with a floor of very sticky paper. It has worked in the past and we felt it was a better way than the traps that snap the mouse in two. (More on that later)
So, yesterday, I came home from running Lucy and Spike at Fiesta Island. I was tired and ready to sit on the couch and watch a little TV before starting dinner. But my TV watching was interrupted by an odd sound. It was coming from the outdoor grill area. I went to investigate and found a sparrow struggling to get out of the sticky trap. He was pecking at the edges of the trap and one wing was fully extended and stuck to the sticky paper.
I knew about the good work the people at Project Wildlife do, so I grabbed a soft sided ice chest, put a frozen ice pack in the bottom (somehow I thought the bird was hot from all the struggling) and I put the entire trap, bird and all, in the ice chest and set out to Project Wildlife's Triage Center in Central San Diego. (887 1/2 Sherman Street, San Diego, CA 92110 - open 7 days a week, drop-off area open 24/7)
Dana was waiting at the entrance and took the trap from me, assuring me that the bird would be attended to. While volunteers were freeing the bird from the trap, Dana told me more about Project Wildlife. Turns out, they are all volunteers and receive no state or federal funding. They rescue and rehabilitate injured, orphaned and sick wildlife, with the goal of releasing them back into their natural habitats. The public serves as the organizations eyes and ears. alerting Project Wildlife to animals in need and by bringing them to the triage center. "Patients" may spend anywhere from one to 12 weeks or more in rehabilitation.
Project Wildlife also educates the community with access to a variety of conservation education programs. They have a core of over 500 dedicated volunteers who donate more than 75 thousand hours of service each year and assist in every aspect of day to day operations.
The bottom line is, by the time Dana had told me more about Project Wildlife, little 'Cherpy' was free of the trap and ready to rehabilitate for a few days before being set free.
If you happen to have a predicament where wild life needs the help of caring volunteers, please contact Project Wildlife. Their emergency phone number is 619-225-WILD (9453) or you can visit their website at www.projectwildlife.org
As I mentioned earlier in this blog, Project Wildlife is all volunteer and receives no funding from the state or federal government. If you are in a position to help out please give them what you can. They are worthy of our support and continued aide.
Thank you Dana and the entire staff at Project Wildlife for helping me do the right thing by 'Cherpy'. By the way, Dana told me that the sticky traps are horrible for catching mice and or rats. The best deterrent is the natural wild life in San Diego's canyons and open areas, like opossums, skunks and raccoons. These animals feed on mice and other small critters. But for a mouse problem in your home, the old fashioned snap traps are best.
Thanks again Project Wildlife!