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Winter at Procyon

by Jennifer Howard

Winter is a time when wildlife centres get a bit of a break. Wildlife still comes in sick or injured and of course, some have had to overwinter for various reasons while others come in because their hibernation has been disrupted. Like bats for example. And this year a very tiny little winter guest has arrived; a blue-spotted salamander. It had crawled up somebody’s drain pipe because they put cayenne pepper down the drain to stop mice from coming up. The little salamander was hibernating in there. Okay then!. Meanwhile, this poor little salamander got peppered. Never heard of that one before. Luckily the lady saw it and got it to help. The little dude is doing well after his long ride from the Huntsville area and is in Procyon’s care.

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Please vote NO to the Ontario Spring Bear Hunt!

Please circulate widely

On February 25th, the Toronto Star  published a debate asking  "should there be an Ontario spring bear hunt?"

One submission is written by Dr. Keith Munro, a wildlife biologist with Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, who argues the hunt is based on science and is sustainable, while Judy Malone of Tourists Against Trophy Hunting argues one bullet kills an entire family and orphaning cubs is too common.

Then it asks you to vote on whether Ontario should have a spring bear hunt.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/thebigdebate/2020/02/25/the-big-debate-should-there-be-a-spring-bear-hunt.html

Please continue to put pressure on our government representatives to abolish the Spring Bear Hunt. To read more on what you can do, please click here.

Thank You! HELP is in YOUR hands!

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24 Honeycomb Hammocks Donated to Procyon!

We picked up 24 honeycomb hammocks for PROCYON WILDLIFE last month.  These hammocks provide enrichment for our squirrels and opossums.  They love to play in the pockets and fall asleep.  To buy them would cost the centre $35 US each, an expense we could not afford.  Fortunately for us, we made a connection with a local sewer who wants to remain anonymous that donated all of them at no charge.   Thank you for being so generous and caring.

We couldn’t play favourites so we designed a new hammock project today for our raccoons.  They will be quite different than the honeycomb hammocks and a little more challenging but our sewer is determined to make them.

If you know of anyone out there looking for a sewing or knitting project that helps wildlife in Ontario, contact PROCYON WILDLIFE at 905-729-0033 or email us at info@procyonwildlife.com.

Our animals will certainly appreciate it!

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Procyon Wildlife Internship Program

Do you need experience in order to get into an animal care program or to fulfill college requirements?

Full time, volunteer Intern positions are available at Procyon Wildlife in Beeton, Ontario for the spring and summer. Contracts are from 2-6 months.

Please find details of this program, as well as the application, at https://www.procyonwildlife.com/procyon-wildlife-internshi…/

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Are You Seeing Foxes Suddenly?
This is Fox Pup Season!

From the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation:

People are seeing adult foxes near their homes and becoming alarmed. What they don't realize is that foxes are coming in close to people to raise their families because coyotes are in the further out areas. If a coyote finds a fox den, it may dig up the den and kill all the young. Foxes know this so they choose what they believe to be the lesser of two evils and come in closer to humans and away from the coyotes to have their litters. Please be kind and "rent" out your space to momma fox. You will be glad you did.
Foxes may have a den under your shed, porch, barn or in the back yard in a hill. The family will likely be moved in a few weeks to a new place. When the pups are older (July, August) they will start to be seen less and less. By September, the fox family will be gone and everything will be back to normal. Red foxes will not live in a den year round. They only den to raise their families. Out of a litter of 6, it is likely that only two or three foxes will live to see September.

For the Full Article

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Need to purchase a gift for someone?

Need to purchase a gift for someone? Or perhaps you are treating yourself! Please check out NOVICA for beautiful and unique items. For every item sold, the PROCYON WILDLIFE CENTRE, located in Beeton (just north of Toronto), receives 25%!!! With wildlife baby season fast approaching, and wildlife coming out of hibernation, it won't be long before we start getting orphaned and injured animals requiring our care. At Procyon, we care for these animals until they can be released back into the wild. We are thrilled to be partnered with NOVICA, which in turn, is associated with National Geographic.

Don't forget to shop at Novica for beautiful gifts that are sure to please! https://www.novica.com/procyonwildlife/

OR visit our Procyon ONLINE Store...

https://www.procyonwildlife.com/shop/

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The new season will be creeping up on us in no-time. If you are a returning volunteer or would like to volunteer to help make a difference for wildlife in need, please note the following dates!

Sunday Mar 8 @ 1:00 - returning volunteers briefing (mandatory)

Sunday Mar 22 @ 1:00 - orientation day for new volunteers

Monday Mar 23 @ 7:00 - orientation day for new volunteers

Sunday Mar 29 @ 1:00 - new volunteer training 

Monday Mar 30 @. 7:00 - new volunteer training 

For details, please contact info@procyonwildlife.com

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Procyon Sponsor an Orphan Program

Our sponsorship package includes your choice of baby animal to sponsor, a picture and a certificate of the baby animal.

The animals that are currently available for sponsorship are: Bats, Fawns, Raccoons, Opossums, Squirrels, Cottontails and Porcupines.

For more details, visit https://www.procyonwildlife.com/sponsor-a-baby-animal/ or email us at info@procyonwildlife.com

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Looking for a Simple Way to Help Procyon?

If you are looking for a simple way to help our wildlife charges at Procyon, and have any empty liquor bottles and beer bottles, we would be happy to accept your donation.

You can drop off bottles at the Procyon roadside shed or if the gate is open, at the front porch. We are located at 6441 7th line, Beeton.

This is just another way you can make a difference!

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Did You Know? Bears and Raccoons are NOT related?

Once thought to be a member of the bear family, the raccoon (scientific name: Procyon lotor) is classified as a Procyonidae. They are also members of the Carnivora group and are distinguished by their small size and the fact that they are omnivorous, meaning that they eat both plants and meat.

Do you see where we get the name for our Wildlife Centre?

 

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Procyon's Wish List

We have updated our wish list! To view it please  click here

We are also looking for volunteers to build us bat boxes, squirrel nest boxes and deer boxes!

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WE WILL PROVIDE THE TRAINING!

If you or someone you know might have a few extra hours per day to answer our hotline phones, please contact us at info@procyonwildlife.com

THE HOURS  are
Monday through to Sunday:     
8:00am-2:00pm or 2:00pm-8:00pm

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Rabies Surveillance for February 12th, 2020

We are happy to report that as of February 12th there have been no new cases of rabies! We are currently at 472 cases of raccoon strain, and 21 cases of fox strain rabies in Ontario since December 2015.

For the full report and area map click here.

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Procyon Wildlife Education Programs

 If you are a parent or a teacher, or the manager of a company or organization, your school or business can benefit from our Wildlife Education Programs.

For more information, please contact us at info@procyonwildlife.com
or call 905.729.0033.

HELP is in YOUR hands!

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Our Mission: Procyon Wildlife is dedicated to working with our communities in an effort to help wild animals in need of care. Our goals are to rescue, rehabilitate and safely release these animals, and to promote public appreciation for wildlife preservation.

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