Living With Wildlife

A Perspective
 
Townsend Chipmunk Oregon is a beautiful and special place, with a tremendous variety of habitats providing homes for many wild animal species. As our population grows, Oregon becomes home to more and more people, and this means more and more encounters between people and wildlife. Often these encounters are detrimental to wild animals, such as when they are hit by cars, injured by pet dogs and cats, or have their nests disturbed. Sometimes the encounters cause conflicts between animals and homeowners, such as when a raccoon family lives under a porch, or a woodpecker pounds on the side of a house.

Most of the people who find themselves in these situations simply don't know what to do. Proper information can prevent animals from being injured, orphaned, or becoming a "nuisance."

We at the Chintimini Wildlife Center (CWC) have a perspective based on many years of experience in wildlife care. In addition to providing medical care for injured and orphaned wildlife with the intent of releasing them back to the wild, CWC is also committed to educating others about how human activities impact wild animals.
Raccoon
Raccoon
 
Grey Squirrel
Grey Squirrel
This website provides information on how to peacefully co-exist with wildlife. It contains basic information about wild animal behaviors and outlines practical ways to handle some common encounters with wild animals. It also provides instructions on what to do when you come across an animal that needs help.

Wildlife is an integral component of our communities, and is a part of what makes Oregon such a beautiful and special place to live. We owe it to ourselves and our wild neighbors to act responsibly and educate ourselves on how we can all live together in harmony.

Making a Difference

Foxes
Foxes
The information contained on this website is intended to provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions as to how to interact with the wildlife around you. Humans, by nature of our intellect and steadily increasing population, have influence over all other life on this planet. There is no question that many of our activities have a negative impact on the environment. Mostly, we don't intentionally cause problems, but problems often arise due to our ignorance of the environment and our place in it, and our connection to the wildlife around us.

It has only become clear in the past few decades how much of a difference our actions have made. It is now also clear how all of the earth's systems are connected and how our very survival as a species depends on the good health of these systems. We are responsible for protecting and preserving the home that provides us, like all other animal species, with all of our food, water, and shelter.

Skunks
Skunks
We now know how much of a difference our activities can make, and we have a better understanding of what we need to do to reduce the negative impact we have on our environment. Foremost among our responsibilities is our need to educate ourselves about the ways in which we do impact the environment so that we can modify our behavior to minimize our impacts. It is our hope that the information provided on this website will help you gain insights into how to peacefully co-exist with the wildlife sharing your neighborhoods, and that this will lead to respect for and connection with these wonderful creatures.

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More info about Nuisance Wildlife?

Contact Mary Estes at rehab@chintiminiwildlife.org or 541-745-5324.