All wild animals require some type of care, from those that are injured, disabled or just plain exhausted, wild animals sometimes need a human hand. In Düzce and the surrounding provinces, this hand is always there, ready to care for all the animals in the rehabilitation center of the Lake Efteni Wildlife Improvement Area before releasing them back into their natural habitats.
Wild animals such as bears, deer, roe deer, vultures, eagles and lynx that are injured, mutilated or exhausted for various reasons in the wild are brought to the rehabilitation center affiliated with the conservation directorate of the nature and national parks of Düzce, put into operation in 2011.
Mevlüt Şanlı Şimşek, director of Düzce Nature Conservation and National Parks Directorate, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they use whatever is available to them at the rehabilitation center to keep the animals desire.
Şimşek said they treated animals such as bears, squirrels, foxes, jackals, deer, roe deer, hawks and falcons and released them back into the wild once they regained consciousness. health.
“We also provide services to our surrounding provinces. As there are no rehabilitation centers in our provinces such as Sakarya, Kocaeli, Bolu and Zonguldak, they can send us. We mainly support our province of Bolu.”
Şimşek said he released a lynx and a black vulture – or black vulture – that came to the center last year, back to the wild after treatment.
“Two young deer arrived at our center in 2021, we are currently taking care of them. We plan to release them into the wild as early as May.”
“In 2021, 141 animals of 41 species came to our center. Seventy-one of them were treated and released into the wild. In 2022, 20 animals of 12 different species came to our center. Ten animals were cared for and released into the wild.” Simsek said.
“(Also) we have put foods such as wheat, hay, animal feed in the wild across the province so that wild animals don’t go hungry in the harsh winter conditions. During the season winter season 2021-2022, we put 15,850 kilograms (34,943 pounds) of animal feed in the vicinity of Kardüz, Yedigöller and the Topuk plateau.We are continuing these activities.
Şimşek also warned citizens not to remove baby wild animals from their habitats.
“The hunting season is slowly ending. With global warming, we are entering the breeding season for wild animals. During this period, the animals should not be disturbed. Also, when you see the puppies of wild animals in the nature, they should never be touched or taken,” he said.
“Our citizens bring them directly to us because they attract attention. We cannot treat these animals like their own mother. Of course, we give them all the support we can, but we cannot take care of them. them like a mother. When our citizens see the puppies, they should immediately leave the area, their mother will come and get them.”
Şimşek said they are also working on poaching and added that they issued administrative fines to 108 poachers in 2021 and 33 poachers in 2022.