National Wild life Day is March 3rd. While we of course usually focus on pets, it’s important to recognize that there is a connection between our animal companions and their wild counterparts. With so many species in decline, it’s important that we all do what we can to help wildlife and ecosystems when we can. A veterinarian lists some simple ways that you can do that below.
Did you know that kitties kill billions of small animals every year? Fluffy may look adorably proud of herself when she drops a dead mouse at your door, but your tiny lion is actually playing a pretty big role in decimating fragile wildlife populations. Keep your furry little hunter inside, and let her hunt catnip mice instead of real ones. (Bonus: your feline pal will be safer indoors anyway.)
Exotic pets are becoming more and more popular, and it’s not hard to see why. Many of them are very cute and fascinating! People also often find it appealing to have an unusual pet. Just be responsible when adopting. Don’t adopt any animal without doing lots of research to make sure you understand its care needs. Also, only buy from reputable stores or breeders. Unfortunately, there are still black market sellers out there offering animals that were captured from the wild.
There are also some things you can do on your own property to help local wildlife. If you have a yard, allow native plants to grow back in part—or even all—of it. Plant colorful, fragrant flowers, which will attract bees and other pollinators. If you are in a colder climate, when spring arrives, don’t mow until the dandelions have gone to seed. These bright yellow flowers, considered a nuisance by many, are actually crucial, as they are the first food for bees, birds, and butterflies. They’re also great in salads!
Do you h ave mice or other unwanted guests? Use humane, non-toxic products to get rid of any pests you have. Sadly, many larger wild birds, such as eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons, are poisoned each year by hunting vermin that ingested toxic rodenticides.
Another thing you can do is just be more mindful of wildlife when you are shopping. Pick products that use sustainable resources and earth-friendly practices. 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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