FIRE SAFETY WITH VICKI: When lightning strikes

By Vicki Schmidt From thundersnow to microbursts, severe weather can occur anytime of year. But when it comes to fires, destruction, or death due to…

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CRITTER CHATTER: There are more to skunks than the smell

By Jayne Winters Over the past month, I’ve had the unexpected pleasure to see skunk families waddling along the side of the road. Just watching…

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CRITTER CHATTER: Mother Nature’s amazing genetics

PHOTO: A piebald fawn at Duck Pond Wildlife Center (Donald Cote photo) By Jayne Winters Facebook wildlife and rehab groups often share photos of interesting…

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CRITTER CHATTER: Animal issue? Know who to call

PHOTO: A mink at Duck Pond Wildlife Center in 2016. (Donald Cote photo) By Jayne Winters When Don and I talked about a topic for…

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CRITTER CHATTER: Not all solo young animals need rescuing

By Jayne Winters When visiting at the Duck Pond Wildlife Rehab Center in March, I asked Donald Cote what we should submit for the April…

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CRITTER CHATTER: Opossums do way more than just ‘play dead’

PHOTO: An adult possum rests on a towel at the wildlife center (Jayne Winters photo) By Jayne Winters A recent chat with Donald Cote at…

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CRITTER CHATTER: Gray fox is in a class of its own

By Jayne Winters Don Cote, of Duck Pond Wildlife Rehab, has a soft spot for foxes, and although he rehabs mostly reds, I sense he’s…

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CRITTER CHATTER: Keeping exotic animals as pets isn’t good for them, or you

PHOTO: This Arctic fox was raised in captivity and turned over to Duck Pond Rehab several years ago. It died in 2011. (Duck Pond photo)…

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CRITTER CHATTER: Fishers are important predators of Maine’s wildlife community

By Jayne Winters Typically, one or two fishers are brought to the Wildlife Center each year for rehabilitation. I’ve only seen photos of them, so…

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CRITTER CHATTER: Fall means sending the racoons back into the wild

PHOTO: Carleen Cote By Jayne Winters As a followup to the September article, I’m submitting another column written by the late Carleen Cote, published in…

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