By edhat staff
Fake cobwebs used for Halloween decorations can pose a real threat to wildlife, especially birds, according to experts.
The National Retail Federation reports Americans are expected to spend $2.7 billion on Halloween decorations this year and wildlife activists and experts are urging people to be mindful of local critters who may get caught and become injured.
Two Northern California wildlife rescue centers are raising awareness on this issue. Alison Hermance of WildCare San Rafael states their animal hospital treats dozens of patients for entanglement injuries.
Several years ago a Screech Owl was caught in fake spiderweb decorations in Northern California. An animal rescue team responded and were able to free the owl who made a full recovery and was eventually released.
“Fake cobwebs have been known to cause intestinal damage in cats and can be especially hazardous to birds that can easily become entangled in the webbing,” said Lisa Bloch from Marin Humane Society.
Experts also remind people to properly dispose of candy as some are toxic to wildlife and candy wrappers as they can get stuck in digestive tracts or cause wildlife to choke. The National Wildlife Federation reports birds and other small mammals enjoy pumpkin seeds.
Below is a video of the Western Screech Owl’s rescue and release.