Good Question

Mar 20, 2013 8:44 PM by Associated Press

GQ: What government agency is responsible for injured wildlife?

This year KSBY has done stories on a coyote found injured and starving seabirds covered in oil on the Central Coast. Tonight's Good Question is: What government agency is responsible for injured wildlife?

In San Luis Obispo County, it's not a government agency but a non-profit called Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay. It's licensed by federal and state Fish and Wildlife Services but depends on donations and volunteers to operate. 80 percent of it's patients are birds, mostly pelicans. And it takes in animals like coyotes, foxes, and raccoons, but no bears, cougars or adult deer. Dogs and cats are handled by County Animal Services.

Trained volunteers under a veterinarian's guidance treat injured animals and return them to the wild.

Santa Barbara County has similar organizations: the Wildlife Care Network in Goleta and the Animal Rescue Team in Solvang.

Pacific Wildlife Care, the facility in Morro Bay, has it's yearly fundraiser with wine and food on Sunday, March 24th at the Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. Check out and click links for info on the event.