The Wood River Valley is known for its stunning scenery, vibrant wildlife, and breathtaking landscapes. The area is home to many species of animals, including elk, deer, and moose. However, sometimes, these majestic creatures get into situations that put them at risk. Recently, Fish and Game in the Wood River Valley has received reports of elk becoming entangled in items found around farms and residences. This included tomato cages, plastic buckets, sleds, and ropes.

The problem of wildlife entanglement is not new and it has been reported over the past few years. Those items included swing sets, hammocks, and lawn decorations. They even had animals stuck in tennis court nets and Christmas lights. Wildlife becoming entangled in the Wood River Valley has become too common. In order to prevent these situations, it is important that residents inspect their yards and properties for any items that could potentially cause harm to wildlife. If any such items are found, they should be removed and stored securely to prevent any wildlife from accessing them.

Tomato Cages And Wildlife

Tomato cages are particularly dangerous for wildlife. This happens because they are often drawn to them. They are found sticking their heads inside the wire cage to get at garden vegetation. In instances where the entanglement does not pose an immediate threat to the animal’s life, no action is taken. However, in cases where the entanglement involves a metal object that cannot be removed naturally, Fish and Game may decide to dart and anesthetize the animal to remove the item.

It’s important to note that the decision to use anesthetizing drugs is never easy and must be made with caution. The drugs are powerful and can be deadly to the animal, and darting can be stressful to the animal and can result in unexpected reactions. Only a small number of Fish and Game staff are trained and authorized to use these drugs, and it may take several minutes for the drugs to take effect.

So, if you observe any wildlife with an entanglement it’s crucial to immediately report it to the Idaho Fish and Game Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359.

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