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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CRITTER CHATTER: Saying ‘so long’ to our little friends as they ‘go home’

PHOTO: Racoons at the Duck Pond Wildlife Care Center venture out into the wild. (Submitted photo) By Jayne Winters Because of unexpected circumstances, I’m not…

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CRITTER CHATTER: The Tale (Tail) of Two Foxes

By Jayne Winters I love chatting with Donald Cote at the Duck Pond Wildlife Center. He always has a story (or two or three) to…

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CRITTER CHATTER: Heartbreak at the Wildlife Care Center

PHOTO: A doe that has been rescued and returned to health is released to the wild. Some vulnerable animals aren’t so lucky. (Duck Pond Wildlife…

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CRITTER CHATTER: Speaking of quarantine, Part 2

By Jayne Winters All wild animals are hosts to parasites: internal, such as tape, hook, pin or round worms, or external, such as mites, ticks…

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CRITTER CHATTER: Speaking of quarantine… Part 1

By Jayne Winters As we try to adjust to social distancing, I wondered about what warrants quarantining at wildlife rehab centers. Indoor and outdoor caging…

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Critter Chatter: Don’t assume spring babies need to be rescued

By Jayne Winters VASSALBORO — We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but for wildlife rehabbers, April also brings desperate calls from well-meaning…

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CRITTER CHATTER: Let’s go shopping before the spring guests arrive

By Jayne Winters If we’re to believe the groundhog’s prediction that spring will come early this year, it seems appropriate to share a post written…

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CRITTER CHATTER: Wildlife rehab means hard work with no profit

By Jayne Winters Donald and Carleen Cote established the Duck Pond Wildlife Rehab Care Center in Vassalboro in the mid-1960s. What did that involve? To…

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CRITTER CHATTER: New year brings new challenges for Don Cote’s wildlife rehabilitation project

By Jayne Winters In light of Donald Cote’s recent recognition by the Natural Resources Council of Maine for his decades of wildlife rehabilitation work, the…

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