Posts on May 2012

Fawns, Do Not Disturb the Wildlife

IF YOU CARE, LEAVE IT THERE
DEC Urges New Yorkers Not To Disturb Fawns and Other Young Wildlife

New Yorkers should keep their distance and not to disturb newborn fawns or other young wildlife as many animals are in the peak season for giving birth, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today cautioned.

It is not unusual to see a young bird crouched in the yard or a young rabbit in the flower garden, both apparently abandoned. Finding a fawn deer lying by itself is also fairly common. Many people assume that young wildlife found alone are helpless and need assistance for their survival, however, in nearly all cases this is a mistake and typically human interaction does more damage than good. Those that see a fawn or other newborn wildlife should enjoy their encounter but keep it brief, maintain some distance and do not attempt to touch the animal.

Young wildlife quickly venture into the world on shaky legs or fragile wings. While most are learning survival from one or both parents, some normally receive little or no care. Often, wild animal parents stay away from their young when people are near. For all of these young animals, the perils of survival are a natural part of life in the wild.

White-tailed deer fawns present a good example of how human intervention with young wildlife can be problematic. Most fawns are born during late May and the first half of June. While fawns are able to walk shortly after birth, they spend most of their first several days lying still. During this period a fawn is also usually left alone by the adult female (doe) except when nursing. People occasionally find a lone fawn and mistakenly assume it has been orphaned or abandoned, which is very rare. Fawns should never be picked up. If human presence is detected by the doe, the doe may delay its next visit to nurse.

A fawn’s best chance to survive is by being raised by the adult doe. Fawns nurse three to four times a day, usually for less than 30 minutes at a time, but otherwise the doe keeps her distance. This helps reduce the chance that she will attract a predator to the fawn. The fawn’s protective coloration and ability to remain motionless all help it avoid detection by predators and people.

By the end of its second week, a fawn begins to move about more and spend more time with the doe. It also begins to eat grass and leaves. At about ten weeks of age, fawns are no longer dependent on milk, although they continue to nurse occasionally into the fall. During August, all deer begin to grow their winter coat and fawns lose their spots during this process.

Should you find a fawn or other young wildlife, If You Care, Leave It There. In nearly all cases that is the best thing for the animal. DO NOT consider young wildlife as possible pets. This is illegal and is bad for the animal. Wild animals are not well suited for life in captivity and they may carry diseases that can be given to people. Resist the temptation to take them out of the wild. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about young wildlife, visit the DEC website at: www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6956.html.

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Long Lake and Raquette Lake Community Pride Day 2012

On May 2, 2012, the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department along with help from the Long Lake Highway Department in Long Lake and Raquette Lake collaborated with the Central Adirondack Association to participate in region-wide Community Pride Day.

Great weather ushered in the day with comfortable temperatures settling over the area making it ideal to be outside and cleaning up. Over 90 volunteers from Long Lake and Raquette Lake combed area roadways collecting debris dropped over the winter. Volunteers included local residents, Frank and Lorraine Pine, Danielle Gagnier, Michelle Donnelly, Paul Roalsvig, Kelly Black, Jodi Hartle, Carlene Bulloch, George Bulloch, Clarice Glandon, Sheri Cook, Sam Keller and Luke Keller, the entire student body of Long Lake Central School and over 16 volunteers from the Long Lake Central School Faculty and Staff.

Roads covered included Route 28N, Kickerville Rd, Endion Rd, Rice Road, Dock Road, Owl’s Head Lane, Northpoint Road, South Hill Road and from the Raquette Lake School to the Village Green. Over one hundred bags of garbage were collected. Volunteers found debris including discarded batteries, beer cans, cigarette packs, food wrappers, broken bottles and several worn clothing items. Carlene Bulloch found two cars dating from the 1940’s along the edge of Northpoint Road. Early estimates project over 1400 pounds of garbage was collected.

Volunteers gear up with trash bags, safety vests, gloves, garbage picking sticks donated by Doug Blodgett and are given assignments. At noon volunteers met at the Long Lake Diner and Raquette Lake Tap Room to enjoy a delicious lunch sponsored by local businesses.

Local businesses are encouraged to send employees out to assist in cleanup efforts. Participating businesses included: The Shamrock Motel and Cottages, Long Lake Fish and Game Club, Paul H. Roalsvig, Attorney, Long Lake Lions Club, Shortridge Landscaping, The Raquette Lake Association, The Hedges, The Long Lake Association, the Long Lake Fire Department, The Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub, and the Raquette Lake Tap Room.

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