Winter Storms Mean Deadly Peril for Wildlife — But These WildCare Patient Survived!

Emilio Cogliani

WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital treats nearly 4,000 ill, injured and orphaned wild animal patients from over 200 species every year. These are three patients’ stories.

Very wet Red-tailed Hawk at WildCare. Photo by Alison HermanceAs last week’s monster storm lumbered toward the San Francisco Bay Area, everyone planned to batten down the hatches, stay inside and hope our houses didn’t flood.

But some people braved the storm, maybe to walk a dog or just to witness the mayhem first-hand.

Fortunately for several wild animals in dire straits, these people became rescuers and brought the animals to WildCare.

Director of Animal Care, Melanie Piazza and Ambassador Program Manager, Mary Pounder had braved the downpour to feed and medicate our in-house animal patients and our educational wildlife. Melanie also had the WildCare Emergency Line to respond to emergency wildlife calls.
The first calls came from Rodeo Beach near Sausalito, where several people had seen a badly injured pelican flapping about on the…

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