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Casualties


CAUSES OF WILDLIFE CASUALTIES

owls

Thousands of injured and orphaned wildlife casualties are in need of human intervention and rescued every year by concerned individuals and nurtured back to health in animal shelters and back gardens around the country.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland have been supporting these individuals; providing educational opportunities, training courses, online resources etc. However, the circumstances now demand the establishment of a National Wildlife Rehabilitation & Teaching Hospital to cope with the surplus casualties that can’t be rehabilitated through the limited resources of small, often back garden, rehabilitators.

Numbers of casualties being rescued every year is growing. The vast majority of animals in need of help are in these situations either directly or indirectly, the result of human activities.
Many are injured in road accidents, wounded or trapped by rubbish; others may be contaminated with oil, attacked by cats or dogs, injured by garden implements or deliberately persecuted; shot, snared or poisoned.

Additionally, pressure on wildlife is increasing due to environmental threats such as habitat loss, unsympathetic land and water management practices, urbanization, invasive species, disease, and climate change.

The ultimate aim of the Hospital is the rehabilitation of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife for release and successful integration back into the wild.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation & Teaching Hospital will be dedicated to rehabilitating wild animals in need, as well as educating the public to become better stewards of wildlife, and the natural world at large.

 

 

 


WILDLIFE CASUALTIES

A few examples of the types of cases the Wildlife Hospital will be dealing with.

deer

owl

badger

Road accidents

Wounded

Trapped

swan

fox

bird

Contaminated

Attacked

Persecuted

hedgehog

lapwing

swan

Habitat loss

Land management

Urbanization

dormouse

hedgehog

bat

Invasives

Disease

Climate change