National Wild life Day is March 3rd. While we of course usually concentrate on pets, it’s important to recognize the connection between our animal companions and their wild counterparts. With so many species in decline, it’s important to do what we can to help wildlife and ecosystems. A veterinarian lists some simple ways that you can do that below.
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, but your tiny lion is actually playing a pretty big role in decimating fragile wildlife populations. Keep your kitty inside, and let her hunt catnip mice instead of real ones. (Bonus: cats are safer indoors anyway.)
Exotic animals are becoming more and more popular as pets. It’s not hard to see why: many of them are very cute and fascinating. Many people also find it appealing to have an unusual pet. Just be responsible when adopting. Don’t get 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 simple 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. Planting colorful, fragrant flowers will also help, as these attract and sustain native bees. If you are in a colder climate, when spring arrives, don’t mow until the dandelions have passed. These bright flowers, considered a nuisance by many, are actually crucial, as they are the first food for bees, birds, and butterflies.
Got critters? 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.
Another thing that you can do is just be more mindful of wildlife when you are shopping. Choose products that use sustainable, eco-friendly resources. When many people start making these small choices, small steps like these can really add up!
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