2003 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 3 Nov 2003 17:56:54 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Ord fire toll on wildlife
Ord fire toll on wildlife
Mammals, reptiles face the biggest difficulties
By Brandy Underwood, bunderwood@montereyherald.com
Posted on Sat, Nov. 01, 2003

Animal-control agencies on the Monterey Peninsula say they have not
dealt with much wildlife displaced by last week's Fort Ord controlled

The 1,500-acre fire at the former Army base presumably dispersed
numerous foxes, raccoons, deer and other creatures, but representatives
of animal-welfare groups say they haven't received increased reports of
animals in residential areas.

The SPCA's wildlife veterinarians euthanized one raccoon brought in by
Seaside Animal Control whose feet were burnt to the bone in the Oct. 24
blaze. It was the only fire victim treated there. The SPCA also received
unconfirmed reports of a deer charred from the fire and a raccoon hit by
a car while trying to flee Fort Ord, said Lisa Hoefler, director of
operations for the SPCA.

The Seaside Animal Control office didn't receive any other reports of
wild animals in residential areas, Rod Ducoeur, an animal control
officer said.

"They must have run the other way," he said, adding that a wild variety
of animals lived on Fort Ord before the fire, including bobcats,
raccoons, possums, deer, snakes and scorpions.

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