New Mexico's Pet Resource WINTER 2006


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

READERS RESPOND TO MICHAEL MARTIN'S COYOTE STORY
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I read with such sorrow the story of Michael Martin’s struggle to save a coyote that he found injured on I-25.  I am a volunteer at the Wildlife Center in Espanola, and I work in the ICU there.  We take in coyotes and often they can be rehabilitated and released to the wild.  We can also make arrangements to have an injured animal picked up if necessary.  I am heartbroken that this poor creature had to die. I empathize with Mr. Martin’s frustration, and I admire his compassion to help.  I do not understand why NM Game and Fish did not come to get the coyote, because they have picked up and delivered many an injured coyote (among other animals, “protected” or not) to the Wildlife Center.

Please call the Wildlife Center for assistance with any wild creature, large or small.  The Wildlife Center is one of the leading wildlife rehabilitation facilities in the U.S., and our patient survival rate is 55%, better than the national average. 

And thank you Mr. Martin for caring enough to help that coyote, and for taking the time to share your story with us in Petroglyphs.  Perhaps it will save another wild animal’s life in the future. -DianeMcGregor, Tesuque


As I read Michael Martin’s account of the injured coyote (Fall Petroglyphs), I wondered if we in the animal-welfare community are doing this poor a job communicating about animal-care facilities in New Mexico. I also believe that Martin should have been more assertive with Game and Fish.

The Wildlife Center in Espanola offers medical care and rehabilitation to wild animals, including coyotes. They have a network of volunteers who retrieve and transport such animals for veterinary care or, if necessary, euthanasia.

New Mexico Game and Fish is absolutely aware of this, as they often take animals to the Wildlife Center and Kathleen Ramsay, DVM. Animal shelters are also aware of this facility, as are police agencies. If Game and Fish denied Martin’s request, he should file an official complaint. They placed him at risk as he tried to aid an injured wild animal alone along a busy freeway. If he was ignored by passing police cars, he should complain to supervisors at applicable agencies so that, hopefully, in the future people in this position will be aided. -Kathleene Parker, Rio Rancho


I was quite stuck by Michael Martin’s story of carrying the injured coyote.  I thought about Michael and the coyote for days and thought about how vastly humans differ in their compassion or lack thereof.  When I considered Michael’s options, I recalled an article in the Silver City newspaper Desert Exposure, which listed southwest New Mexico wildlife rehabilitators.  I pulled that out and lo and behold the information was from your Petroglyphs Animal Resource Directory.  I know I can call Gila Wildlife Rescue in Silver City for help.  Would you publish, if you have not recently, the wildlife rescue organizations in the rest of New Mexico? Thanks and keep up the wonderful work.  -Pat Danser, Deming


That was a very sad story about the coyote found by Michael Martin.  Too bad no one knew about Wildlife Rescue of New Mexico.  I think Canyon Crossroads Animal Hospital might also treat a coyote.  -Anne Lewis, Albuquerque

Michael Martin's Story


WILDLIFE RESCUE AND REHAB DIRECTORY

Canyon Crossroads Animal Center (treats injured birds)
Exit 175 (Tijeras) on 14 South, Albuquerque
(505) 281-1515

Chihuahuan Desert Wildlife Rescue (migratory birds)
P.O. Box 96, Canutillo, Texas 79835
Geri Tillett: Las Cruces (505) 522-4966
Helen Bigelow: El Paso/Las Cruces (505) 882-2910
whowe@WHC.net; www.whc.net/cdwr

Fur and Feathers Wildlife Rescue (mammals/birds)
2176 37th St., Los Alamos 87544
Bob and Kathy Anderson (505) 662-6806

Gila Wildlife Rescue (all wildlife)
44 Oakwood Ave., Silver City 88061
(505) 534-8742 & 538-6640 (Dennis Miller)
mailto:millerd@email.wnmu.edu

Hawks Aloft, Inc. (birds)
P.O. Box 10028, Albuquerque 87184
Gail Garber: (505) 828-9455
gail@hawksaloft.org; www.hawksaloft.org

Hawkwatch International (hawks, eagles, other raptors)
P.O. Box 35706, Albuquerque 87116
Bobbi Posey (505) 255-7622
hwabq@netzero.net; www.hawkwatch.org

Humboldt Mountain Rehab & Rescue (birds/small mammals)
Margaret Cejka: P.O. Box 1086, Silver City 88062
(505) 537-6624
larry@larrycejka.com

Las Cruces Reptile Rescue (reptiles/amphibians)
9323 Corona Rd., Las Cruces 88012
Roy Thibodeau (505) 373-1486
admin@awesomereptiles.com; www.awesomereptiles.com

Prairie Dog Pals (prairie dogs)
P.O. Box 14235, Albuquerque 87191
Yvonne Boudreaux (505) 296-1937 and 275-7189
prairiedogpals@comcast.net ; www.prairiedogpals.org

Talking Talons Youth Leadership (birds except endangered species and eagles)
P.O. Box 2020, Tijeras 87059
Laurie Wearne (505) 281-1133, ext 2 # (off); (505) 604-0098 (cell)
Laurie@TalkingTalons.com ; www.talkingtalons.com

The Santa Fe Raptor Center (birds)
PO Box 32021, Santa Fe 87594
505) 699-0455 or 662-7418

The Wildlife Center, Inc. (all wildlife)
P.O. Box 246, 19 Wheat Road, Española 87532
(505) 753-9505
info@thewildlifecenter.org; www.thewildlifecenter.org

Wildlife Rescue Inc. of New Mexico (wildlife except eagles)
P.O. Box 13222, Albuquerque 87192
(505) 344-2500
wrinm@wrinm.org; www.wrinm.org

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary (wolves/wolf hybrids)
HC 61 Box 28, 378 Candy Kitchen Road, Ramah 87321
(505) 775-3304
candywlf@cia-g.com; www.inetdesign.com/candykitchen

Wolfsong Ranch Foundation (predators/raptors)
P.O. Box 138, Rodeo 88056
(505) 557-2354
info@wolfsongranch.org; info@wolfsongranch.org

For a listing of licensed individual New Mexico wildlife rehabilitators, please go to: www.apnm.org/publications/general_articles/WildlifeRehabilitation.php


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