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Bald Eagle Update
It is with great sadness to report that I was notified this morning that it was necessary to euthanize the injured Bald Eagle. I know this is not the outcome anyone wanted but the experts had to do what was best. As the eagle was gaining weight it was placing more stress on the injured areas and causing additional pain. Rest assured our treasured national bird was treated with expertise, love and respect by all. I am very grateful to have been a part of the rescue effort and knowing this magnificent creature was rescued from suffering in the wild and did not fall to predators makes me proud of how our community and volunteers came together as one. That is one of the many things the Bald Eagle symbolizes.
Some have asked what will happen with the eagle’s mate since they mate for life. The good news is the mate will select another male she likes the look of to fly with. During this process she will pick a stick and drop it to see if the male can catch it. If he does, she will mate with that male till death they do part and remain in the same territory.
Before receiving the sad news this morning, I was working on the upcoming “Bake Sale Fundraiser” to be held on July 1st at the Friday night barbeque, for the volunteer organizations involved with the rescue. I know our community will come together to show our support, thanks, and appreciation. Please contact the office for more information & watch for upcoming announcements.
Lakes & Wildlife Chair
East Lake has been cleared for opening.
Please see attached document from the PA Department of Health.
Very happy to report we have successfully rescued the injured Bald Eagle. The eagle does not have a broken leg. Which is very good news. There is however severe atrophy in both legs, greater in the one leg. Also severely under weight. He or she is not out of the woods yet. Awaiting more news as more testing is done. A big thank you to Connie Campanella & Donna Barney of Wildlife In Need Emergency Response of Pa. Thank you to Brandon Clark, Chuck Clark, Ambrose Verrone & all members & volunteers of LLV. I also would like to thank the homeowner, Emmett Hennessy who is also a Lakes & Wildlife volunteer for all his support & allowing full access to his property where we have been set up. A big shout out to our security team for all their assistance.
The eagle will eventually be rehabilitating at Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center in Stroudsburg Pa. We are asking anyone who would be willing to donate fish that they have caught,
or catch in the future (especially trout)to donate some to them. They are currently rehabbing three other eagles & are always in need of fish. Eagles have a huge appetite. Any type of donation would also be very much appreciated. I will keep everyone updated as I receive information. Let’s all say a little prayer for a full recovery.
I have to say this was a very rewarding & fulfilling experience.
Lakes & Wildlife Chair
When arriving at locust lake this afternoon I watched the mate, & it’s juvenile eagle fly from the area where the injured eagle has been roosting. The injured eagle flew from the ground & followed them circling the lake. They circled three times with the juvenile staying very close to the injured one. The mate kept circling above it. They all flew way up over the tree line & headed towards Arrowhead & out of sight. This lasted about 2 minutes. It appears the eagle has regained a lot of it’s strength & gone back to it’s nest along with it’s family. We are hopeful it’s family will take care of it. It was really amazing to watch the mate & juvenile circling around it throughout the whole time. We will keep monitoring locust lake & ask if anyone sees the injured eagle on the ground to notify security immediately. In addition we will notify Arrowhead to the same.
I would like to thank Brandon Clark for all that he has done. Without his efforts to get this eagle help it would have most likely been a grave ending for our Amazing National Bird. I would also like to thank all the members & volunteers of the association for their efforts. Lastly a big thank you to Connie Campanella & the volunteers of Wildlife In Need Emergency Response of Pa. They are amazing to work with & we will continue working with them as long as needed. If anyone wishes you can make a donation to their organization. I will get details on how to do so. They put together a relay team to transport the fowl net trap from over 6 hours away to our area. They supplied fresh trout for baiting & monitoring. Lakes & Wildlife will be making on donation from our budget to their organization. 🇺🇸🇺🇸👍
Lakes & Wildlife Committee Chair
Your Cooperation Is Needed To Rescue A Bald Eagle
There is a Bald Eagle with an injured leg in the area around Locust Lake. Wildlife In Need Emergency Response of PA is attempting to trap the eagle & is asking for everyone’s cooperation.
While some well-intentioned association members are trying to help, we are requesting everyone not to approach, try to feed or attempt to capture the eagle. The rescue organization will be setting up a Fowl Trap. This trap is made of a netting that will in no way harm this magnificent bird. They advised us that by trying to throw a blanket or any other material over the eagle could very well damage it’s wings & possibly break one or both wings. If this does occur, it is very unlikely the eagle will survive.
If you happen to see the eagle, we ask that you walk away very quietly & call security immediately at 570-646-3532. Do not attempt to approach the eagle & speak in a very low voice as not to startle it. Please refrain from walking dogs along the berm & around the lake. Again, your cooperation is strongly needed to rescue this amazing bird.
Lakes & Wildlife Chair
DON’T HURT THEM …..THEY HAVE BABIES THAT NEED THEM AND ARE ONLY COMING CLOSER TO RESIDENTIAL AREAS TO GET AWAY FROM COYOTES.
Are You Seeing Foxes Suddenly? This is Fox Pup Season!
People are seeing adult foxes near their homes and becoming alarmed. What they don’t realize is that foxes are coming in close to people to raise their families because coyotes are in the further out areas. If a coyote finds a fox den, it may dig up the den and kill all the young. Foxes know this so they choose what they believe to be the lesser of two evils and come in closer to humans and away from the coyotes to have their litters. Please be kind and “rent” out your space to momma fox. You will be glad you did.
Foxes may have a den under your shed, porch, barn or in the back yard in a hill. The family will likely be moved in a few weeks to a new place. When the pups are older (July, August) they will start to be seen less and less. By September, the fox family will be gone and everything will be back to normal. Red foxes will not live in a den year round. They only den to raise their families. Out of a litter of 6, it is likely that only two or three foxes will live to see September.
People are often alarmed, thinking their family pets and children are being stalked or will be attacked. Not so. Foxes do not want to kill or eat your child, cat or dog. They eat primarily mice, rats, rabbits and woodchucks. They may certainly watch your pets with concern, bark at them and may even chase your cat back into your yard or up a tree if it goes near the den. Of course, thankfully, many cat owners realize the many risks of allowing their cats to roam free, and that cats kill young wildlife, so hopefully, they keep their cats supervised when outdoors. Your 16 pound kitty will be able to hold his or her own against a fox, and in fact, foxes and cats often develop friendships and play. Remember, it is the nature, and the fox belongs there.
Please allow the mother fox to raise her pups in peace. Do not hire someone to “relocate the family” this will not work! The most that will happen is that one or two pups will be caught (and surely killed by the hired person) and the mother will get scared and move her family. Most states have laws that state captured wildlife must be killed. Be patient, enjoy the fox family, it is a lot of fun to watch the pups scampering and tumbling with each other. In fact, it is a lot better entertainment than most TV shows on these days. Enjoy the breath of fresh air and the beauty in your back yard- it may be a once in a life time event for you.
Many people are afraid they can’t let their animals out to go potty now. Keep in mind that before you realize the family was there, you let your pets out and everything was OK.
Red foxes are Not nocturnal! Momma works very hard to feed her family. She will work all day and night catching rodents, snatching roadkill and bringing it back to her growing babies. Foxes also eat a great deal of grasses and insects too. They are omnivores.
If you really can’t have a fox family in your yard, you may place an object such as a punch balloon, chair or a bucket near the den, but not too close as to scare momma away from grabbing her pups and moving them away from the scary object. About 10 feet from the den should be enough to concern her. Think about this though, momma felt safe enough in your yard to have her pups there. Where else will she be able to move those pups where they will be safe?
Lakes and Wildlife Committee
From the Lakes & Wildlife Committee
LLV human inhabitants share the Village with a wide array of wildlife. None of the animal species are naturally hostile to humans, but carelessness and lack of knowledge can result in unintended conflict. Except for songbirds, no animals should be fed. Even bird feeders can attract bears and must be carefully managed. Be a good neighbor and learn about our other Village inhabitants, below or go to the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Wildlife in Pennsylvania site.
The only bear in Pennsylvania, the black bear, is not as aggressive as the brown (grizzly) bear of the west, but at up to 700 pounds, should be respected. Black bears are omnivorous and will patrol a large area to find enough nuts and plant matter, insects, small mammals and carrion. Never leave anything edible, including trash, outside, on decks or in cars.
· Pennsylvania Game Commission. Living with Pennsylvania Black Bears. https://www.pgc.pa.gov/
· Short videos and longer webinars, reference and research are available on the PGC Black Bear page. https://www.pgc.pa.gov/
· On The Trail of Pennsylvania Black Bears (1991) (1:41:48) Feature length film with plenty of moms with cubs. A little dated. https://youtu.be/wY8LhHRsMr0
· Kilham, Benjamin. Out on a Limb: What Black Bears Have Taught Me About Intelligence and Intuition. Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT. 2013.
The graceful four-legged animals hanging out at LLV eating your flowers are white-tailed deer. In our area their numbers are kept in check only by hunting and food availability. Only a few are taken by coyotes. The LLV Deer Management Program (DMAP) keeps their population down to a level that our vegetation can support. Before DMAP, the deer scoured the forest floor so thoroughly that all seedling trees would be eaten, preventing the natural replacement of fallen trees.
· White-tailed Deer – Hunting, diseases, management and videos: https://www.pgc.pa.gov/
Wild turkeys are the same species as the bird we eat on Thanksgiving.
· Pennsylvania Game Commission. Wild Turkey Wildlife Note. https://www.pgc.pa.gov/