White-tailed deer across the Northland have started to have their fawns, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging people to leave the little dears alone.
Even if you don’t see the mother around, a fawn almost certainly has not been abandoned. Unlike human mothers that cling to their newborns, deer mothers often move away from fawns while feeding to avoid drawing any attention to newborns. Fawns’ camouflage spots, and an odd quirk of nature that makes fawns almost odorless (also unlike humans), is usually enough to get them through the first few days when their legs are wobbly.
The DNR notes that mama doe will come around every four or five hours to check on the fawn, and she is usually within earshot. Only when the fawns are strong enough to outrun predators do the young travel much with their mother.
A fawn’s curiosity may entice it to approach a person who comes upon it. The DNR urges people not to try to catch a fawn if they encounter one. Walk away. Never feed or collar a fawn. Contact a local DNR Wildlife office if you have questions.
Dr. Mike Shirley of the Miller Trunk Veterinary Clinic and Willow (Photo courtesy of Annette Olson)
Remember Willow, the dog we told you about a couple weeks ago that got impaled by a branch while running through the woods? Well, she’s healing up nicely, we’re told.
Willow had to be put under anesthesia and cut open for an hour-plus surgery that required 50 stitches when it was over.
Lakewood Township resident Annette Olson, Willow’s owner, sent us an update along with a photo of her pup and the vet who saved her, Dr. Mike Shirley of Miller Trunk Veterinary Clinic. Olson said a number of people the past couple of weeks have asked her and Dr. Shirley about Willow’s status. We’re happy to report Willow is A-OK.
It’s good to know that wild animal sightings make the news in places other than Duluth.
A black bear made the news in Cottage Grove, Minn., when it was spotted multiple times early Wednesday in the Twins Cities suburb, first in a residential neighborhood, then in a park and later along Highway 61.
A resident called police about 12:30 a.m. after seeing a bear in a backyard.
A police officer found the bear and watched it make its way through multiple yards, according to the police report.
Police contacted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which advised monitoring the animal and letting it wander until it returns to a nonresidential area.
Emergency dispatch received two more reported sightings, one from a caller who spotted a bear in Hearthside Park and another from someone who saw it behind a restaurant.
Then, about 8:40 a.m. a caller reported seeing a bear near a guardrail along Highway 61 in St. Paul Park.
DNR officials told police that as long as it wasn’t creating a hazard or safety concern, they should let it wander back into a rural area.
We got through May Day, Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you) and Cinco de Mayo. But don’t forget it’s also National Pet Month.
Menards stores in Duluth and Superior are marking the occasion by creating pet supply donation drop sites near their exit doors.
New and unwrapped pet supplies are welcome through May 31.
“The Rose Man’s” family has donated fresh roses and other flowers to help animals.
Kevin Ferris, who owned The Rose Man flower shop in Duluth, died when the small plane he was flying crashed in northwestern Minnesota on March 29.
The store’s inventory will be used in an Animal Allies Humane Society fundraiser this weekend.
With the family’s permission, a rose will be given to each visitor to the Animal Allies open house and adopt-a-thon while supplies last. Those who attend also may purchase bunches of flowers while supplies last. Proceeds will go toward the Duluth and Superior shelters.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Duluth location, 4006 Airport Road.
Got plans for celebrating Scoop the Poop Week? Better move quickly — but watch where you step — because it’s coming soon.
The third week in April officially is national Scoop the Poop Week, and city of Superior officials are joining in to remind Northlanders to pick up after their pets.
Leaving pet waste out anywhere can lead to other people or animals stepping in it. And that stuff can wash down into local storm sewers and streams and — eventually — Lake Superior. You’ll be doing us all a giant favor by picking it up immediately.
Several parks in Superior are equipped with a Mutt Mitt dispenser. City Environmental Services Division staff will be out at several locations that week handing out complimentary plastic bag caddies that contain biodegradable bags that clip to your key chain to make it easy to bring bags along on your walks. You could even get a chance to meet Rex, the mascot for the Regional Stormwater Protection Team.
A Superior ordinance requires people to pick up their dogs’ pet waste when on public property or private property not exclusively owned or occupied by the owners of the animal. Call (715) 394-0392.
Mackenzie Seidelmann adopted a dog, Minnow, from White Bear Lake, Minn., on Sunday, March 17, 2013. (Facebook photo)
From the Eh? “pay it forward” desk comes an entry from Mackenzie Seidelmann of Duluth.
She was returning home from White Bear Lake, Minn., on Sunday with a dog she claimed from an animal rescue organization. She took “Minnow” to Petco for some supplies in his new home. A woman approached her and commented on how cute the dog was and asked questions about him.
Mackenzie said she didn’t know much since he was an adopted dog from the rescue center.
“She was very moved by this. She thanked me and blessed me for adopting him,” Mackenzie said. “We parted ways. A few minutes later she approached me again and said that she wanted to thank me for my good deed by paying it forward with a random act of kindness.”
The woman pressed $50 into her hand and was quite insistent that she keep it and use it to help keep Minnow well.
“I never got her name, and I know she didn’t want any recognition,” Mackenzie said, “but I was so touched by it and want to thank her.”
“Everyone I tell the story to is inspired,” she said. “I really hope sharing this story with the community will inspire more people to pay it forward.”
Feisty was No. 3 on BuzzFeed’s “40 Cutest Things That Happened This Year (2012)” list. (Photo courtesy of Ellie Burcar)
Feisty, the seal that’s now-famous photograph was taken on Grand Avenue outside Lake Superior Zoo during the June 2012 flooding in Duluth, was No. 3 on BuzzFeed.com’s “The 40 Cutest Things That Happened This Year” list for 2012.
The image, captured by Ellie Burcar, appears alongside some of the most “Aww!”-inducing photos and videos of animals you’ll see today with the headline “The most dramatic picture ever taken of a fugitive seal happened after a zoo escape.”
Feisty currently resides at the Como Park Zoo in St. Paul.
You know Reggie needs a little sprucing up after this long winter.
Bring Reggie and other dogs in to Miranda’s Smooch a Pooch Salon, 1827 Iowa Ave. in Superior, from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday for the Chip-n-Clip benefit.
A free basic grooming and discounted micro-chipping are available to raise money for the Animal Allies Humane Society in Superior. The micro-chipping Sunday costs $30. The grooming is free, but donations are accepted. It includes trimming of the dog’s face, feet, hindquarters and nails, along with nail polish and a bow or bandana. Veterinarian Amanda Bruce, owner of PetCare in Duluth, will micro-chip.
Less than a week after the Academy Awards, the International Wolf Center weighed in and Facebook fans voted: the 2013 Scat Award goes to “The Grey.” Also nominated was Jodi Picoult’s book, “Lone Wolf.”
The award calls attention to the worst portrayal of wolves in the media, according to the organization’s executive director Rob Schultz.
“The Grey,” for instance, demonizes wolves, and Picoult’s book romanticizes and anthropomorphizes wolves to an absurd level.
The award will be on display in the trophy case at the International Wolf Center in Ely.