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Easy Ways to Help Protect Our Wildlife
March 1, 2021

National Wild life Day is March 3rd. While we of course usually focus on pets and domestic animals, it’s important to recognize the connection between our own animal companions and their wild counterparts. With so many species in decline these days, it really is important to help wildlife and ecosystems when we can. A veterinarian lists some things that you can do to help them below.


K  eep Your Cat In

Did you know that our feline pals hunt billions of small animals every year? Fluffy may look adorably proud of herself when she drops a dead mouse at your feet, regardless of your opinion on the matter. However, house cats are  actually playing a pretty big role in decimating fragile wildlife populations. Keep your furry friend inside, and let her hunt catnip mice instead of real ones. Kitties are safer indoors anyway, so this will also help protect Fluffy from things like cars and wild animals.


Exotic Pets

Exotic pets are becoming more and more popular these days, and it’s not hard to see why. Many of them are very cute and fascinating. Understandably, lots of people also find it appealing to have an unusual pet. Just be responsible when adopting exotic pets. Don’t get an animal without doing lots of research! You’ll need to make sure you understand its care needs, and ensure that your potential pet will fit with your household. Also, only buy from reputable stores or breeders. Unfortunately, there are still some black market sellers out there offering animals that were captured from the wild. This is bad for both the animal and for delicate ecosystems.


Lawn/Garden

There are also some things you can do on your own property to help local wildlife. For instance, if you have a yard, allow native plants to grow back in part—or even all—of it. You can also plant colorful, fragrant flowers, which will attract and sustain native bees. If you are in a colder climate, when spring arrives, don’t mow until the dandelions have passed. These cheerful bright flowers, considered a nuisance by many, are actually crucial, as they are the first food for bees, birds, and butterflies.


Pest Control

Always use humane, non-toxic products to get rid of any pests you have. Sadly, many larger wild birds, such as owls, hawks, and falcons, are poisoned each year by hunting vermin that ingested toxic rodenticides.


Shopping

Another thing you can do is just be more mindful of wildlife and resources when you are shopping. Choose products that use sustainable resources. We know, these are all small steps, but they do matter. When many people start making these small choices, small steps like these can really add up!


To learn more about World Wildlife Day, and how to help wild animals, click here .


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