Wildlife with Pete Wise
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 18, 2017
Bev Rundell hosted well-known Vernon Wildlife Control Specialist Pete Wise, who spoke about numerous critters that keep him busy. Deer kill more people in North America than any other animal. Of course, people kill a lot of deer, too, and the carnage usually involves a highway & a vehicle. In the Vernon area, Pete deals with an average of 15 – 20 deer per month. He also catches about 1,000 marmots per year, relocating those he’s able. He says anywhere we have flowing water, we also have beaver, which are difficult to deal with, as they suffer an 85% mortality rate upon relocation. He reminded us that feeding pets outside often feeds wildlife as well, & that we’re well-advised to stock our birdfeeders (except hummingbirds) only through the winter. Open composts attract rats & raccoons – the latter posing a threat through their droppings, which spread roundworms. In addition to his wildlife control, Pete is also known for having recently celebrated 50 years of search and rescue work.