Animal Reports: A skunk got tangled up in batting cage netting

Skunk has a long plate appearance

A woman reported finding a young skunk tangled in a batting cage net on Old Castle Drive Wednesday morning.

Officers cut the animal out of the netting, but found several open wounds and swelling to the skunk’s limbs, according to Monroe Animal Control Officer Ed Risko. After an examination and assessment, the animal was euthanized.

There were no exposures and no testing was required. The woman who reported the incident was given a written warning for failure to license her dog.

Waking up to a flying bat

A Grindstone Lane woman reported waking up at 2:30 a.m. to find a bat flying around her bedroom Thursday.

Risko said she killed the bat and animal control submitted the specimen to be
tested at the State Laboratory for rabies.

Raccoon tries to drink pool water

A Lazy Brook Road woman reported seeing a raccoon trying to drink water from the swimming pool in her yard late Wednesday afternoon.

An officer found the animal and attempted to catch it, but the raccoon escaped. Then a second officer searched area and was unable to locate the animal.

Based upon the description of the animal, it was displaying the end stage symptoms of rabies, Risko said, adding there were no exposures and no testing was required.

A Cooper’s Hawk goes to rehab

A female motorist reported seeing a car in front of her swerve and strike a Cooper’s Hawk in the roadway on Monroe Turnpike Aug. 11, at Masuk High School, south of Pondview Road.

Risko said the woman stopped to render assistance to the hawk and captured it, adding she was unable to provide a registration number for the striking vehicle.

She was given a referral to contact Christine’s Critters, a raptor wildlife rehabilitation facility in Weston, to nurse the hawk back to health.

Bobcat sightings

A bobcat was seen laying under the deck of a home on Karen Drive on Aug. 13 around 11:30 a.m., then again on Fan Hill Road around 6:55 p.m., when a woman reported seeing the bobcat walking through her yard.

Site inspections were performed, species fact sheets with common cautions were provided and a Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection project report was updated.

Dog in a vehicle

Police responded to a complaint of a dog left in a vehicle at 535 Monroe Turnpike around 3 p.m. on Aug. 12.

The windows were down and the animal didn’t display any signs of heat exhaustion, according to Risko.

The dog’s owner, a Wayne Road resident, was issued a written warning for failure to license and an Advisory Notice for leaving a dog in car.

Counting turkeys

A driver reported seeing two wild turkey hens and six poults on Bug Hill Road around 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 13.

Risko said the DEEP Survey report was updated. The DEEP invites residents to keep a tally of all sightings of hen turkeys and poults (young-of-the-year) from June 1 through Aug. 31 as part of the Wildlife Division’s Annual Wild Turkey Brood Survey.

Results from this survey allow DEEP biologists to determine turkey productivity and reproductive success by estimating the average number of turkey poults per hen statewide, assess annual fluctuations in the turkey population, gauge annual reproductive success and evaluate recruitment of new birds into the fall population.

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