By Sarah Wright, VM2
Now that we are in the depths of winter, many of you may be wondering how to help your local wildlife. It is important to recognize that winter places an environmental stressor on wildlife and different species of wildlife use various methods to adapt to this stress. Although it is typically best to avoid directly interfering with wildlife, there are steps you can take to indirectly help Illinois wildlife survive the winter. The best ways to do this are to provide access to native habitat and native food and to provide water year-round.
Case by Faith Ramsey, VM19
Triage and Presentation:
A Barred Owl was presented to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital Emergency Room in November 2017 for head trauma and hyphema (blood) in the left eye.
Tony Bieser, VM20, Team Leader
Red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus)
This hawk presented to the Wildlife Medical Clinic after being found down near a public road. The finders cared for the patient for an unknown amount of time before they eventually brought them to the WMC for care. On presentation, the RSHA had an obvious left-wing deformity and was unable to fully extend their elbow and carpal joint. Because of this abnormality, radiographs were performed to determine etiology.