What are wild animals?
They are all free-living animals in conditions independent of humans and not included in the group of pets or farm animals. Free-living animals that we often encounter in the town of Gorzów Wielkopolski are: roe deer, wild boars, foxes, beavers, hedgehogs, squirrels, raccoons, badgers, bats, birds of various species, including predators such as kestrels, buzzards and owls.
Where do urban wild animals come from?
It is no longer uncommon to see a wild animal in a city. The expansion of cities involves the taking of forest areas and meadows, causing wildlife to lose natural shelters. As a result, they look for new places to live and end up in the city. An additional reason for their increasing presence in the city is easier access to food. Waste thrown by humans and unsealed trash cans provide additional incentives for animals. Some residents help the birds by pouring out leftover bread. And this is nothing more than a “canteen” for wild boars and a pity for birds that are not allowed to be fed with bread. During digestion, the bread produces kvass, which acidifies the bird’s digestive system, leading to diarrhea and other serious illnesses, such as gastric acidosis.
What to do if you come across one of the city’s wild animals?
If the animal is not injured or sick, leave it alone. In the spring you can often meet young birds that seem clumsy and “cannot fly”. These are podloty, ie young birds that are learning to fly. They are in the care of their parents who protect and feed them and should not be taken from their natural habitat. If the bird is in a place where it could be in danger (for example, on a sidewalk or road), it can be moved gently to a safe place, not too far away for the parents to hear and find it.
We are not allowed to take healthy birds home or to the clinic, because we can only harm them if we want to help them. A similar rule applies to young animals living in forests or meadows. They sometimes look abandoned and orphaned, but most of the time they are not. Their mothers usually stay in the area to feed or nurse other individuals from the nest. Unless injured, small animals should not be removed or even touched.
- dangerous or aggressive animals
If you find animals in the city that could be dangerous or aggressive (eg wild boars), you must inform the municipal police, the Environmental Protection and Agriculture Department of the city hall or the police. These services will contact the natural disaster with which the city has a signed contract. During the encounter with the boar, you should not make sudden movements, it is enough to leave calmly. It is absolutely forbidden to feed, touch or pick them up, let alone attack them.
- injured or sick animals
In the case of an injured or sick animal, the aforementioned services must also be notified, which will notify the veterinarian with whom the city has a signed contract. The most important thing to remember is that helping a wild animal is to restore it to its natural environment as quickly as possible.
The city has two signed contracts
- provide veterinary assistance under certain conditions clinical sick wild animals and injured in traffic accidents
– with dr. Mirosław Pińczak who runs a company called “Usługi Weterynaryjne”, Agnieszka Goniuch-Pińczak and Mirosław Pińczak Partner Partnership of Veterinary Doctors, ul. Okolna 27A, 66-400 Gorzow Wielkopolskiz
- providing veterinary assistance in the field sick wild animals and injured in traffic accidents
– with dr. Krzysztof Tymszan who runs a company called Prywatna Lecznica for animals, ul. Zniadeckich 14, 66-400 Gorzow Wielkopolskiz
Both contractors are responsible for providing veterinary assistance in such a way that the wild animal can be released back into the wild as soon as possible. dr. Krzysztof Tymszan usually provides assistance in the field; if necessary, he transports an injured animal to the hospital, which is located in his office at ul. Frederick 9c. The primary responsibility of contractors is to save lives through specialized surgical procedures and the administration of appropriate drugs. If an animal needs to be hospitalized, it is provided with water and food appropriate for the species.
Agreements with contractors are structured in such a way that no vacation days are provided. Contractors are required to pick up an animal or drive to the scene of the accident every day (regardless of whether it is a public holiday) and at any time (road collisions usually occur at night).
Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture