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California wildfires: Why you shouldn’t intervene with wildlife

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California wildfires: Why you shouldn’t intervene with wildlife

Days after a video of a man appearing to rescue a wild rabbit from California wildfire flames made headlines, numerous experts are saying his actions weren’t a good idea.

Video taken Dec. 7 in La Conchita, California, showed an unidentified man dressed in shorts and a hoodie corralling a wild rabbit  along Highway 1. 

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California Fish and Wildlife spokesman Peter Tira told the San Francisco Chronicle that animals have natural ways of staying safe during wildfires. 

“If you encounter a wild animal in your neighborhood, leave it alone,” says Tira. “Fire or no fire, just let the animals be.” 

“Fire is something animals have to deal with constantly,” Tira added.

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Tira also debunked a viral message going across social media that urges people to leave out water for animals escaping the flames. It has various iterations but generally has this message.

“Northern Californians, please be aware that wild animals are fleeing the fires and they may show up in your yards. The Forestry Department is urging you to bring your domestic animals in at night and let the wild ones pass through. Please put out buckets of water for them – they are scared, exhausted, and have also lost their homes – they need to refuel.”

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The Scaramento Bee reported that The U.S. Forest Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife have both dismissed the message as untrue. Both organizations reccomend people don’t intervene with wildlife.

John Griffin, director of urban wildlife for the Humane Society of the United States, told Snopes.com, an internet urban myth debunking website, that interfering with wildlife could create unforeseen issues.

“In this situation, it’s just better not to have an intervention, because (animals) are extremely resilient and they’re aware of other food or water sources,” Griffin said. “Trying to interfere with that -- you don’t know that interfering won’t cause an issue. If they’re truly injured and require assistance, that’s a different set of circumstances.”

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Tira said domestic animals are not at an increased risk of falling prey to wild ones and that there is a low chance of wild animals showing up in people’s yards.

The best thing people can do when they see wildlife they believe to be in need of human help is contact their local animal control.

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Feeding Americans’ insatiable appetite for exclusive deals, Amazon has decided not to keep its online shoppers waiting until Black Friday. Instead, the digital shopping juggernaut kicked off its Black Friday deals Nov. 1.

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“Customers shop Amazon year-round for our great prices, unbelievable selection, and free shipping on over 100 million products,” Doug Herrington, Amazon’s senior vice president of North American Retail, said in a statement. “During the holiday season, customers love to discover great deals and must-have holiday gifts for friends and family.” Beginning Nov. 8, Prime members will also have access to Amazon Key, the new service that will allow eligible packages to be securely delivered inside their homes while they’re out and about. Though various discounts and deals will be running between now and the official Black Friday, Amazon listed some initial deals in their release on Nov. 1.

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