Eagles, Turtles, and Bears—Oh My!

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If you had to guess, how many red-tailed hawks would you think the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine saw in 2017: a) 5; b) 63; or c) 155?If you guessed C, you’d be right—along with 1,901 other birds, ranging from ubiquitous American robins to threatened bald eagles. The year 2017 was a mighty busy one for Tufts Wildlife Clinic, said Jessica Zorge, who manages the intake of wild patients at Cummings School. For the second year running, Tufts Wildlife Clinic saw a record number of wildlife cases, treating a total of 3,717 patients in 2017—an increase of 23 percent over the previous year’s caseload and double the number of patients seen annually just five years ago. Many creatures you might not expect graced the doorways of the clinic, from black bears (6) to snapping turtles (53) to bobcats (6) to ruby-throated hummingbirds (11).
Patients brought in by good Samaritans, police and animal control officers, and state wildlife officials in 2017 reflected the following diverse species.
AMONG THE 1,629 MAMMALS:
787 eastern cottontail rabbits306 eastern gray squirrels104 Virginia opossums63 eastern chipmunks19 North American porcupines13 southern flying squirrels8 eastern coyotes8 gray fox7 red fox6 American black bears5 red squirrels4 North American beavers3 common muskrats2 bobcats2 weasels (1 long-tailed, 1 short-tailed)1 Canada lynx1 fisher
AMONG THE 1,902 BIRDS:
155 red-tailed hawks93 mourning doves71 barred owls68 mallards50 northern cardinals42 American crows37 great-horned owls36 Cooper’s hawks36 wild turkeys25 broad-winged hawks11 ruby-throated hummingbirds9 bald eagles7 common loons7 turkey vultures5 peregrine falcons3 common ravens2 black-billed cuckoos1 golden eagle
AMONG THE 174 REPTILES:
61 painted turtles53 snapping turtles16 diamondback terrapins12 eastern box turtles7 spotted turtles4 common garter snakes4 wood turtles3 northern water snakes2 Blanding’s turtles2 eastern milk snakes1 ring-necked snake
AMONG THE 12 AMPHIBIANS
5 American toads1 gray treefrog1 green frog1 pickerel frog1 red-backed salamander
Wildlife cases seen at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic are treated without charge. If you would like to aid the Tufts Wildlife Clinic at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in covering …

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