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Wildfires Push Wildlife Into Town

Residents in Shasta County are noticing an abundance of wildlife in areas of town due to wildfires.

Posted: Sep 12, 2018 6:19 PM
Updated: Sep 13, 2018 10:24 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif - The Carr Fire, Hirz Fire, and Delta Fire - three separate destructive fires that have charred the beauty that is northern California.

But these fires aren’t just taking away a gorgeous scenery, they’re also taking the home and food of wildlife.

That’s why residents around these burn scars may now see deer, bear and even beavers roaming around city limits.

Officials with Haven Humane Society in Anderson says this isn’t uncommon around wildfires because animals are now trying to find food to survive.

"When there is nothing there because the fire has consumed it all they are going to move closer to the ranges where people are,” said captain Leeanne Smith with Haven Humane.

Officials say they’ve had an increase of calls about wildlife sifting through toppled neighborhoods, and digging through trash, and it could only get worse as fall and winter are around the corner.

"This time of year its time for them to fatten up for the winter, for the long winter that’s ahead so they’re foraging for food at various stages," Smith said. 

However, officials urge residents not to feed these animals.

As tempting as it may be to leave some water, or food this would only lead them deeper into the city instead of learning to survive and adapt to their new environment.

"They need to figure it out just as if they would when there were no houses here and fire raged on by itself generations ago," Smith said. "They have to go look for the food." 

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