Urban Wildlife 101 training webinar is available

 The Urban Wildlife 101 webinar is being offered on Aug. 4 at 1 p.m..

The training session will cover the a gamut of wildlife from opossum to bats.

The webinar is an overview on how wildlife and citizens can successfully coexist.

The webinar will also cover how wildlife will adapt to living in urban areas and how humans can protect them.

Find out more at the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page you can register for the webinar here.

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BRWC – Patient of the week

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Blue Ridge Wildlife Center has it’s longest patient ever at an impressive 6″4 also making him the heaviest at almost 3 pounds.

This Eastern Ratsnake is without a doubt large.

It seems to have swallowed a ceramic egg used in chicken coops for training chickens.

With minimal invasion and damage done to the animal they were able to extract it.

If you use fake eggs to show your chickens where to lay consider gluing multiple fake eggs together so they will not be ingested.

Also you can nail wooden eggs to the coop itself to accomplish the same goal.

Snakes are often considered pests and underappreciated for the important job they do in their ecosystems.

They prevent disease spread by keeping rodent population as well as the ticks they carry under control.

Snakes serve as important predators but also as an important prey species for larger predators.

If you see a snake in your yard, give it plenty of space, take a photo, and leave it alone.

Lets be better neighbors to our native wildlife.

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LFHD reports rabies encounters

rabies risk in strasburg

The Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD) reports two separate encounters with pets and wild animals with rabies.

The first occurred in the 2800 block of Middle Road Winchester with another in the McDonald Farm Road area in Linden.

The two encounters occurred in late May and early June.

The animals, a raccoon and fox, no longer pose a threat but both cases serve as reminders to not approach stray dogs wild animals or feral cats.

Especially if the animals are acting strangely or nocturnal animals are out in the day.

Saliva from any unfamiliar animal could pose a threat.

Any contact by a person or domestic animal needs to be reported immediately along  with immediate medical evaluation.

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