Wildlife In Need After Wildfires In Tahoe, CA

Img_0420 Wildlife flee Tahoe fire, loose habitat.

Myself and fellow responder Wit Davis are currently in the southern area of Lake Tahoe, CA where uncontrollable wildfires have just recently became contained, preventing further damage. For a week and two days, the wildfires created swift paths through forests and neighborhoods, causing millions of dollars in damage to residential areas and unbearable suffering to local wildlife. On a sad note, bodies of animals have been seen burned "in running poses"; the horror of not being able to escape.

The cause of the fires is believed to be a campfire that was not completely extinguished in a "no campfire zone".

The fires spread so quickly, due to drought, wind and other variables, that residents of the South Lake Tahoe area had very little time to evacuate; if they knew to evacuate at all. However, firefighters (over 2000 of them from all over the US!) responded promptly and are now being thanked across town through words of gratitude on banners hanging from homes, restaurants and overpasses: "Thank you firefighters for all your work ".

Wit and I are here in support of a local wildlife rehabilitation effort called the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care (LTWC) that has provided care and treatment to injured wildlife in the Tahoe region since the 1970s! Everyone from on-the-scene firefighters to concerned residents have been calling to report injured wildlife, or calling because wildlife is now unexpectedly popping up in populated areas. A bobcat was reported running along a main road in the downtown area and a bear, lost and confused (slightly anthropomorphic description but UNDENIABLE) trapped itself between fences just behind the wildlife clinic, not sure which direction was safe.

Just as many people have lost their homes and are looking for shelter and help to comfort them in moving on with life, local wildlife has also lost their homeland and territory once rich in food. They have no choice but to search elsewhere, even in unwanted areas. The director of LTWC, Cheryl Millham, said to us today that many of the calls that come in are cases that need to be "defused"; meaning people just don't know what to do with the increased number of wildlife, now roaming refugees, that are encroaching onto decks and into trash cans.

So, IFAW's purpose is to be here to support LTWC and their effort to care for fire affected injured wildlife and to search the human/wildlife conflict zones for injured wildlife that have not yet been reported.

Photos and stories are coming.....

Comments: 3

8 years ago

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10 years ago

Have not been able to find any information on what has happened to the wildlife who inhabited some on the 600,000 acres which burned in the recent CA fires. All of the reports in MN have been by reporters who have been reduced to tears because the three and six hundred million dollar homes which have been destroyed. My sister in LA saw one report about 40 wild horses being rescued, but that was not reported here. I guess the MN reporters did not find that important.

10 years ago

For those of you who are interested in helping out monetarily with the animal rescue and animal emergency housing that is needed because of the California wildfires, here are a few places that are helping to save the animals. They could use your donations.
SPCA - Los Angeles
New Leash on Life (Castaic area)
(click from main page on each to read about their efforts.)
On the human front, the Red Cross is always the first out there on the scene and the first to help people.
You can donate to the Red Cross Los Angeles at:
or the Red Cross San Diego at:
Residents evacuating their homes are asked to take all companion animals with them. If possible, place your pet in a crate or carrier and bring any necessary supplies including leashes, food, water, and medications as supplies at evacuation centers may be limited. More tips: www.sdhumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Ter_Disasterpreparedness
Most Red Cross evacuation centers are accepting pets in carriers. If you do not have or were unable to put your pet in a carrier or need pet supplies, bring your pet to one of the following Red Cross evacuation centers:
El Camino High School - NO PEOPLE, ONLY ANIMALS
400 Rancho Del Oro Dr. * Oceanside, CA 92057
Space for horses, livestock and small animals
1500 Fiesta Island Rd * San Diego, CA 92109
Qualcomm Stadium - SMALL PETS ONLY
9449 Friars Road * San Diego, CA 92108
Mira Mesa High School - FULL
10510 Reagan Road * San Diego, CA 92126
1835 Imperial Ave * San Diego, CA 92102
619-702-4090, Bark [at] CampDiggityDogs.com
DIRECTIONS: www.campdiggitydogs.com/
Del Mar Fairgrounds - FULL
Lakeside Rodeo Grounds - FULL
Hwy 67 & Mapleview St.
CALL: 619-236-4250 and press “1? for emergency services
CALL: San Diego Humane Society, 619-299-7012
San Diego Humane Society
If you have these available for use, CALL: 619 299-7012
Volunteers and supplies are not needed at this time, but the San Diego Humane Society is keeping a list of names for people interested in helping.
* TO HELP, DONATE: secure2.convio.net/sdhss/site/Donation2?idb=1781347065&df_id=1620&1620.donation=form1
* Or CALL: 619-299-7012
Also, VCA animal hospitals have also offered to board animals involved in southern California evacuations for FREE. Boarding assistance for pets is based on space availability at individual VCA Animal Hospitals throughout Southern California. Call the one closest to you for more information:
Alhambra VCA Mission Animal Hospital 626-289-3643
Arroyo Grande VCA South County Animal Hospital 805-489-1361
Bellflower VCA Lakewood Animal Hospital 562-633-8126
Big Bear City VCA Lakeside Animal Hospital 909-866-2021
Burbank VCA Animal Hospital (Burbank) 818-845-7246
Canoga Park VCA Companion Animal Hospital 818-340-1569
Cypress VCA College Park – Ana Brook Animal Hospital 714-827-6861
Encinitas VCA North Coast Animal Hospital 760-632-1072
Glendale VCA Arden Animal Hospital 818-246-2478
Hermosa Beach VCA Coast Animal Hospital 310-372-8881
Hesperia VCA Victor Valley Animal Hospital 760-244-8022
La Mesa VCA Grossmont Animal Hospital 619-697-0082
Laguna Niguel VCA Aliso Viejo Animal Hospital 949-643-0437
Lake Forest VCA Saddleback Animal Hospital 949-586-4250
Lake Forest VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital 949-770-1808
Long Beach VCA Los Altos Animal Hospital 562-421-3749
Los Alamitos VCA Rossmoor-El Dorado Animal Hospital 562-598-8621
Los Angeles VCA Miller-Robertson Animal Hospital 310-657-7050
Los Angeles VCA Petville Animal Hospital 310-313-9118
Mission Viejo VCA Mission Viejo Animal Hospital 949-582-1220
Monrovia VCA Santa Anita Animal Hospital 626-359-3281
Palm Springs VCA Desert Animal Hospital 760-778-9999
Pasadena VCA A Breed Apart Animal Hospital 626-795-4444
Rancho Mirage VCA Rancho Mirage Animal Hospital 760-346-6103
Reseda VCA McClave Animal Hospital 818-881-5102
Ridgecrest VCA Crestwood Animal Hospital 760-446-7616
Rolling Hills Estates
VCA Silver Spur Animal Hospital
San Diego VCA Angel Animal Hospital 619-291-0042
San Diego VCA Hillcrest Animal Hospital 619-299-7387
San Diego VCA Main Street Animal Hospital 619-232-7401
San Diego VCA West Bernardo Animal Hospital 858-485-7570
Santa Fe Springs VCA La Mirada Animal Hospital 562-921-3539
Santa Monica VCA Santa Monica Dog and Cat Hospital 310-453-5459
Santa Monica VCA Wilshire Animal Hospital 310-828-4587
Spring Valley VCA Paradise Valley Animal Hospital 619-475-9770
Temecula VCA El Rancho Animal Hospital 951-296-3898
Torrance VCA Clarmar Animal Hospital 310-371-2474
Torrance VCA Kennel Club Resort & Spa 310-539-2201
Upland VCA Central Animal Hospital 909-981-2855
Venice VCA Marina Animal Hospital 310-306-8707
Victorville VCA Mesa Animal Hospital 760-245-0109
Woodland Hills VCA Parkwood Animal Hospital 818-884-5506
This information was shared as a public service by your Animal Chaplains at www.AnimalChaplains.com. Please call the agencies directly if you need assistance.

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