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Greenwood is seeking release sites for its wild patients. We strive to bring animals back to where they originally came from but sometimes that site proves hazardous such as a waste-water treatment plant or from the middle of a city. Wild patients are required to return to within ten miles of their original location and we have to bring them to private property where we can speak with the owner to find out who (or what) already inhabits that land. If you or anyone you know would like to nominate your property as a release site, here is your chance! Participants have the opportunity of attending releases too!
An ideal release site really depends on the species. Greenwood receives over 130 species including birds and small mammals. Some of the most common species are raccoons, fox squirrels, cottontails, foxes, waterfowl, pigeons and songbirds.
A good raccoon site will be away from busy streets in a more natural environment with big trees and a water source. Raccoons can do fine being released in someone’s backyard as long as there are places to hide and climb. If you have wandering pets, these may not be good candidates for you.
By Ellie Peevler, Spring 2004
Spring 2004-Now in my 13th season of volunteering at Greenwood, I’ve been involved in a number of releases but had never seen any coons released, and when I walked into the Center the morning of March 4, they were just getting ready to do this.
This is a somewhat quiet time right now, so I asked the Animal Care Manager if I could go along since it would be a first for me, and of course she said I could.