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Spring is a busy time for wildlife

Killdeer bird

The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center is reminding the public that spring is an extremely active time for wildlife.

The reminder comes after a Killdeer, a shore bird in the Plover Family, was reported as injured this week because it could not fly away. Animal Services Officer Galeano responded to the call in Laguna Niguel to find several eggs the Killdeer had laid in a parking lot. The property graciously cordoned off the area, so the bird could have a peaceful area to nest. 

“This time of year, the Animal Services Department receives hundreds of calls about everything from fledgling birds, baby ducks crossing the street and litters of young bobcats,” said Animal Services Manager Michelle Claud-Clemente. “Young wildlife inevitably gets into trouble and our officers are ready to respond. But remember just because a baby animal is alone, does not mean it is abandoned. If a bird is on the ground, don't be alarmed – it is most likely in the fledgling stage.”

For more information, call 949-470-3045 or see this flier about baby birds. 

Information about wildlife is available at  https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/living-with-wildlife.

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