News for Friends of Wildlife Rehabilitators
Domino's Farms No Longer Hosting St. Nicholas Light Display
In past years Friends of Wildlife has raised funds by providing
volunteers to work a night at the Light Display. The management
Farms has decided to discontinue the event. Please see the
Winter 2002 Friends of Wildlife newsletter for information on
Notice posted December 2002.
Product Warning! Some "Ultra" Bleach Formulas Contain
When purchasing bleach to use for disinfecting cages, check the
ingredients carefully. Cloroxª bleach has come out with a
newer formulation called Ultra Cloroxª that contains lye.
Lye apparently makes the bleach work faster, but it is very caustic
and difficult to rinse off surfaces. Do not use Ultra Clorox to
clean animal cages, carriers, dishes, or any space where animals
will be housed. When shopping, look for simple bleach (sodium
hypochlorite) and avoid "ultra" formulas if they contain
sodium hydroxide (lye).
Notice posted May 2002.
Disease Alert: Red Squirrel Mite
In recent years, Friends of Wildlife has received partially "naked"
juvenile red squirrels in the fall. It appears that this hairloss
is due to a mite, not indigenous to this area, which lives in
the animal's hair follicle during certain stages of its development.
When the mite moves off of the host, it lives off mold and leaves
in the nest of the squirrels. Because of the potential environmental
impact of releasing red squirrels with this mite, the Board of
Directors has passed the following resolution: Any red squirrel
suspected of having this mite may be released only back to the
immediate area where it was initially received, and then only
under the direction of a squirrel placement person. Rehabilitators:
If you receive a suspect red squirrel, you should put it in a
box and bedding that can be thrown away. Keep it separated from
other animals. Do your initial intake procedures, get it warm
and hydrated, and contact the squirrel help line immediately at
(734) 670-2101. They will instruct you from there.
An article about this mite appeared in the Spring 2001 newsletter.
Disease Alert: Squirrel Pox
During the 2000 rehabilitation season we received more than a
half dozen fox squirrels from the Wayne county area with Squirrel
Pox. This is a virus common in Michigan and contagious among squirrels.
It has not been identified in the squirrels we have rehabilitated
from other areas. Please remember that as responsible rehabilitators
we should make every effort to release animals back into the area
from which they originated so that we do not transport disease
any faster than it would normally travel. You can find out more
about this virus on the Internet.
This notice appeared in the Spring 2001 newsletter.
Regulation Update: Raccoon Intake and Release
The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) held a hearing
on December 8, 1999, to hear public comment on proposals for controlling
the potential spread of rabies in raccoons. For the present, the
NRC is allowing raccoon rehabilitation to continue. Raccoons are
to be released only in the same county where they were captured
and should not be allowed to have physical contact with animals
not originating from the same county.
Friends of Wildlife must follow the NRC guidelines in order to
maintain its license to rehabilitate. It is therefore essential
that all rehabilitators follow these guidelines. Friends of Wildlife
is only accepting raccoons from Washtenaw County. It is preferred
that all raccoon intake go through a raccoon placement person.
An article on the NRC decision appeared in the Winter 2000 newsletter.
Full text of the regulations on raccoon rehabilitation according
to Amendment 1 of 2000 of the Wildlife Conservation Order [Sec.
5.74 (11)] may be found by searching the Michigan
DNR Web site.