With three orphaned moose, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary asks drivers to slow down

Submitted by Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (AVWS) is asking drivers to slow down again. Wildlife is on the move and people need to remember that the risk of collision with an animal is all too real.

“We get it. You’ve heard this message before, but we’re hearing an increasing number of people who have collided with an animal while driving,” said Jan Kingshott, director of animal welfare at Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The message isn’t sinking in as it should, and we hope it does.While some drivers have hit an animal through no fault of their own, others admit they could have avoided the collision altogether if they had been more attentive and had obeyed the speed limit.

In the space of a single week, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary admitted three orphan moose in need of assistance. Two survived a collision with a vehicle. In one case, the mother (cow) was killed, and in the other case, the calf was hit by a vehicle. Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary was contacted and the calves were admitted to their sanctuary in Rosseau where they were immediately assessed and an individualized care plan specific to their situation was put in place.

Located on 460 acres of natural habitat, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the few centers capable of housing and caring for moose long term. Interestingly, these calves will spend an entire year at the sanctuary where they will overwinter before being released next spring. Some species such as beavers are in the care of the sanctuary for two years before being released.

The spring and summer months are the busiest times of the year at Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. In 2021, over 1,100 animals were admitted to the Aspen Valley and they plan to welcome even more animals in 2022.

“We get hundreds of calls from many kind people asking for advice on wildlife that appears to be in trouble,” said Linda Glimps, executive director of Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. “Often we advise callers to observe first and make sure the animals really need help. With some watchful waiting, many of our callers see mothers returning to their young after searching for help. food and avoided becoming accidental “kidnappers.”

However, if an animal is truly orphaned or injured, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary asks the rescuer to bring the animal to them as soon as possible. For people without transportation, or when dealing with larger species such as injured or orphaned deer fawns or moose calves, Aspen Valley volunteer drivers may be able to help. .

Jan Kingshott, director of animal welfare at the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, monitors the moose enclosure. (provided)

Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary accepts animals that are orphaned, struck by vehicles, trapped, starved, injured by predators, or suffering from mange and other diseases/conditions. They also see animals that have been compromised by well-meaning individuals who have tried to care for them on their own, or believed it was okay to feed wildlife, which, in fact, is a very bad service to wild animals.

Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, there are occasions when recovery is not possible. “It is paramount to all of us here at Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary that wildlife does not suffer unnecessarily, and we treat each animal with the dignity and respect they rightly deserve,” Glimps added.

Unsurprisingly, first aid, species-specific formulas and/or foods, vaccinations, and size-appropriate enclosures (indoors and outdoors) are all essential components of successful rehabilitation and are very expensive.

As a non-profit organization, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary depends solely on the generosity of its donors. Please visit aspenvalley.ca to learn about the many ways to give (including your volunteer time) and learn how to ‘Keeep the Wildlife’. They accept title and bequest donations, and love having friends of Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary start their own fundraisers. You can also buy their Amazon wishlist.

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