Lorinne Anderson

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To contact me directly: wildAID7@gmail.com.
I have been working with sick, injured, orphaned and problem wildlife for over 20yrs. My goal is to create ways for humans and wildlife to co-exist without resorting to harming each other, each others environment and to learn, understand and reap the benefits of co-existence.
Rather than kill or relocate (short term solutions) unwanted or predatory wildlife I believe we need to review the entire picture to provide a permanent solution.
What attracted the unwanted animal; what will ensure this animal ceases to be a problem; what will make the area unattractive to the unwanted animal; how will removal of one type of animal upset the natural predator/prey balance; and lastly, is the fear of what this animal MIGHT do based in fact or folklore.
Nature has a very delicate balance. We need to ensure we do not upset this system of millenniums just to solve today's irritation. So lets look "outside the box" for solutions, lets truly assess the threat, and lets truly identify a solution that works for all parties involved, us, the animals, and Mother Nature.
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Why not, during Covid, offer the eggs for free, or in trade, to those in need? At least they wouldn't go to waste, and it might create the desire for folks to purchase, in better times. Your mail lady might be ideal in locating families in need...or a local church?

It's easter, hardboil, dye and hand out to neighborhood kiddo's (in a safe way of course).

You could even do a "one family at a time" easter hunt on the property, with your eggs, dyed or even raw for them to take home and decorate? This could be paid or free, but again would boost your presence in the community.

Conversely, could they be cracked, scrambled and frozen?
1 day ago
If the unthinkable happens (assuming this progresses elsewhere, as it has in BC or Canada, or Spain, or France or Italy, or England), these are the everyday services you are about to lose.  Act now and ensure you are not left without.  This is where we are at, and what is happening, or has occurred, here in BC...But we have also lowered the virus spread from 24% daily increase, two weeks ago to a 2% daily increase, as of yesterday.

Say good bye to ancillary healthcare: physiotherapy, chiropractic therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, naturopaths, dentists, denturists, optometrists etc.  All will or should be shut down.

Say good bye to your normal daily, weekly, or monthly appointments:  hair salons, nail salons, gyms, swimming pools, playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, etc.  All will or should be shut down.

Say good bye to any "regular" non-essential medical care: wart removal, ultra sounds, x-rays, monitoring blood panels, etc.  Unless urgent, these will be reserved for serious or critical (my shoulder injury from January, and my wrist injury are no longer important enough to have diagnostic testing done to determine the problem).

Say good bye to any "day programs":  adult care, respite care, child care.  All will or should be shut down; or reserved for essential workers.

Say good bye to all kid activities:  school, play programs, sports programs, art lessons, music lessons, basically any organized activity for kids, special needs or otherwise, will or should be shut down.

Say good by to any in person socializing:  eat in restaurants, going for coffee, going for a run with friends, movies, theatres, music events, bars, clubs, poker games, mahjong, bridge, birthday parties, weddings, funerals, celebrations of any sort.  Come up with a plan to meet these social interactions in a contactless manner.

Say good bye scavenging:  flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, second hand stores, swap and shop, trades etc.  All will or should be shut down.

Ensure your prescriptions are up to date, and have refills.  Expect pharmacies to run low on certain items, and that rationing (one month supply only, no purchasing 6 mths) will occur.  Especially critical for those with asthma, diabetes, heart disease, cancer etc.

If you run a business, or are employed in a workforce that is considered non-essential, you will be at either unemployed and at home; or if you are lucky, working from home - UNLESS you figure out now how to operate in a manner that requires no contact.  Pretty much this is every Mom and Pop business, restaurants, food service, all personal care related businesses, all sports related businesses, etc.  If you supply a food service business, get a plan in place to redirect your food stuffs, or ensure those you supply have a plan to go to delivery, take out or pick up only.

Now is the time to talk to your employer about working from home, setting up a home office, and figuring out and getting all your "ducks in a row".  If you have children, get a backup childcare plan in place, with a relative or neighbor.

If you have livestock, pets or other animals, requiring regular vet/farrier services.  Do it NOW.  Ensure you have adequate feed/food/water, supply chains will be disrupted and feed stores will have shortages, pet stores will likely close or go on delivery only.  Ensure you have all meds, dewormers etc. on hand now.  Create a multi pronged backup plan in case you fall ill and can no longer care for your animals or livestock.

Discover who in your area is 'at risk' of not being able to meet their own needs for going out, grocery shopping, caring for their livestock etc.  Get a buddy system set up to make sure no one loses their animals or put themselves at risk to to care for themselves or their animals, this is especially critical for those who run rescues or volunteer organizations, donations and staff are about to dry up.

Get your computer serviced, your TV, any appliances or tools anything that you have been holding off on, get it done now.  These things will soon be difficult or unavailable to obtain.

Check your septic, get it pumped and or serviced, now.  Same with the well, get all moving parts checked, serviced and have anything that is "cobbled together" fixed properly.  Failure of either of these systems at this time could be catastrophic.

If you want a new job, to replace what you currently do, look to anything that involves delivery, get your vehicle serviced and ready to go.

I am in no way suggesting hoarding...but know that things like hand sanitizer, isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), lysol (or any disinfecting) wipes, OTC meds for pain and allergies, toilet paper, yeast, flour, sugar and pet food will suffer supply distribution problems, and at times be scarce, unavailable or rationed.  At times meat counters were wiped out, as were dairy and other perishables.  These shortages were completely due to hoarding - stores could not stock these items fast enough - and not a lack of supply.  So from now on, do not assume you will be able to get what you want, when you want.  Shop when you have less than a two week supply, do not wait until Fido is out of dog food, know you may have to wait a few days or a week to restock.

I highly recommend you assume a lockdown is inevitable, be it government imposed or self imposed for personal safety.  Good luck, stay safe, and be good to your neighbors.
3 days ago
SARS was fractionally as contagious as Covid-19, not "worth" developing a vaccine.  

My advice is primarily, for those at risk, but regardless, the world economy is screwed, as are those at risk and those with family members at risk.

Those people, areas, states, and countries who are not pro-active, who don't shut things down when it jumps from tracking and isolating the contagious to community spread will pay a massive economic price, on top of the human cost.

Being short sighted or focused on the economy at this time, I fear, will become a horrible chapter in history, that will never be forgotten.
4 days ago

Based on what we have seen here in BC, and the rest of Canada, the key to slowing the spread of the virus is absolutely NO PUBLIC OR GROUP GATHERINGS (birthday parties, weddings, funerals, religious gatherings...), period.  Have contact ONLY with those WITHIN your household, insist on social distancing of at least 6-7 feet when in contact with those outside your home.  Do not touch railings, playground equipment etc.  Do not use use public tennis courts, basketball courts, gyms.  Do not take reusable bags to the grocery store.  Do not visit family that does not reside with you, do not visit hospitals or care homes.  Yes, go outside, but keep your distance, do not let others pet your dog, don't touch anything or your face.  If you are in a heavily populated metropolitan center, or a residential building, do not go out, the common areas like elevators or stairs are impossible to keep clean.  ASSUME everyone, including yourself, is infected.  The key is to SLOW the spread so that health facilities are not overwhelmed.  We have learned here that the EARLIER you go on a vent, the better; fewer deaths, quicker recovery, and it provides greater protection for the health care workers dealing with those patients.  BC is aggressively fighting this virus, we ramped up restrictions in a timely manner, focused testing on travelers (tracking and stopping community spread) heath care workers and health care residents.  We have been very fortunate to have "flattened the curve" very quickly, preventing the overwhelming of our health care resources.  Other provinces, slower to respond, have experienced exponentially greater spread, contraction and death.  Please, learn from us.  Immediately assume self protective measures, especially in densely populated areas.

If you, or any family members residing with you are elderly, have lung or immune issues, diabetes, heart disease etc...the entire family unit MUST avoid contact with others.  No going for coffee, play dates, restaurants, bars, gyms, yoga, swimming, church, mosque, synagogue, choir, no social gathering outside the home AT ALL for any member of the family unit.  The healthy can be infected, 80% will have minor to no symptoms, but they can unknowingly pass it to compromised family members who may not be so lucky.  

ASSUME everything at the grocery store is contaminated, do not get "bulk food", only packaged food that allows for external sanitation, wash all produce as soon as it enters your home or switch to frozen.  ASSUME everything ordered on line is contaminated, everything delivered is contaminated, wipe down everything with appropriate disinfecting solutions, including mail.  ASSUME the items inside your mail order packages are contaminated, and disinfect them.  Adopt a twice daily sanitation routine within your home, wiping down touch surfaces (railings, light switches, door handles, appliance knobs and handles, cupboard handles, drawer pulls, faucets, and those places you touch with out thinking - doors, chair arms etc.).  Don't forget phones, remotes, calculators, keyboards.  Literally do everything you can to ensure you create a safe bubble within your home, if you have a health compromised family member.

Here, in BC and Canada the political figures agree with the health professionals projections that this will be affecting us for as long as 18-24 mths - until herd immunity or a vaccine is available.  Look to other countries for info on best practices, use common sense, protect your at risk family members, and keep safe.
4 days ago

Based on what we have seen here in BC, and the rest of Canada, the key is NO GATHERINGS (birthday parties,weddings, funerals...).  Have contact ONLY with those in your household, insist on social distancing of at least 6-7 feet outside your home.  Do not touch railings, playground equipment etc.  Do not use use public tennis courts, basketball courts, gyms.  Do not take reusable bags to the grocery store.  Do not visit family that does not reside with you, do not visit hospitals or care homes.  Yes, go outside, but keep your distance, do not let others pet your dog, don't touch anything or your face.  If you are in a heavily populated metropolitan center, or a residential building, do not go out, the common areas like elevators or stairs are impossible to keep clean.  ASSUME everyone, including yourself, is infected.  The key is to SLOW the spread so that health facilities are not overwhelmed.  We have learned here that the EARLIER you go on a vent, the better; fewer deaths, quicker recovery, and it provides greater protection for the health care workers dealing with those patients.  BC is aggressively fighting this virus, we ramped up restrictions in a timely manner, focused testing on travelers (tracking and stopping community spread) heath care workers and health care residents.  We have been very fortunate to have "flattened the curve" very quickly, preventing the overwhelming of our health care resources.  Other provinces, slower to respond, have experienced exponentially greater spread, contraction and death.  Please, learn from us.  Immediately assume self protective measures, especially in densely populated areas.

If you, or any family members residing with you are elderly, have lung or immune issues, diabetes, heart disease etc...the entire family unit MUST avoid contact with others.  No going for coffee, play dates, restaurants, bars, gyms, yoga, swimming, church, mosque, synagogue, choir, no social gathering outside the home AT ALL for any member of the family unit.  The healthy can be infected, 80% will have minor to no symptoms, but they can unknowingly pass it to compromised family members who may not be so lucky.  

ASSUME everything at the grocery store is contaminated, do not get "bulk food", only packaged food that allows for external sanitation, wash all produce as soon as it enters your home or switch to frozen.  ASSUME everything ordered on line is contaminated, everything delivered is contaminated, wipe down everything with appropriate disinfecting solutions, including mail.  ASSUME the items inside your mail order packages are contaminated, and disinfect them.  Adopt a twice daily sanitation routine within your home, wiping down touch surfaces (railings, light switches, door handles, appliance knobs and handles, cupboard handles, drawer pulls, faucets, and those places you touch with out thinking - doors, chair arms etc.).  Don't forget phones, remotes, calculators, keyboards.  Literally do everything you can to ensure you create a safe bubble within your home, if you have a health compromised family member.

Here, in BC and Canada the political figures agree with the health professionals projections that this will be affecting us for as long as 18-24 mths - until herd immunity or a vaccine is available.  Look to other countries for info on best practices, use common sense, protect your at risk family members, and keep safe.
4 days ago
I apologize in advance, if anyone finds this offensive...but I just spent two hours watching Trump go on and on and on about Corona Virus and am shocked at how he is more worried about the economy than health of the country.  Over and over he says "The cure cannot be worse than the disease", even suggested that perhaps by Easter Sunday restrictions can be lifted for Church Services, that sports, concerts etc. should be back to normal "soon" and even his political convention planned for August should be no problem.  Please, do not listen to this man, do not believe that this is a minor blip that will be "solved" within a few weeks, and everything will be back to normal, with the exception of the odd "outbreak".  This is NOT TRUE.  I am blessed to live in a country with Universal Health Care, England has Universal Health Care, they are being hit hard - look outside the USA to see how this is hitting other countries.

Based on what we have seen here in BC, and the rest of Canada, the key is NO GATHERINGS (birthday parties,weddings, funerals...).  Have contact ONLY with those in your household, insist on social distancing of at least 6-7 feet outside your home.  Do not touch railings, playground equipment etc.  Do not use use public tennis courts, basketball courts, gyms.  Do not take reusable bags to the grocery store.  Do not visit family that does not reside with you, do not visit hospitals or care homes.  Yes, go outside, but keep your distance, do not let others pet your dog, don't touch anything or your face.  If you are in a heavily populated metropolitan center, or a residential building, do not go out, the common areas like elevators or stairs are impossible to keep clean.  ASSUME everyone, including yourself, is infected.  The key is to SLOW the spread so that health facilities are not overwhelmed.  We have learned here that the EARLIER you go on a vent, the better; fewer deaths, quicker recovery, and it provides greater protection for the health care workers dealing with those patients.  BC is aggressively fighting this virus, we ramped up restrictions in a timely manner, focused testing on travelers (tracking and stopping community spread) heath care workers and health care residents.  We have been very fortunate to have "flattened the curve" very quickly, preventing the overwhelming of our health care resources.  Other provinces, slower to respond, have experienced exponentially greater spread, contraction and death.  Please, learn from us.  Immediately assume self protective measures, especially in densely populated areas.

If you, or any family members residing with you are elderly, have lung or immune issues, diabetes, heart disease etc...the entire family unit MUST avoid contact with others.  No going for coffee, play dates, restaurants, bars, gyms, yoga, swimming, church, mosque, synagogue, choir, no social gathering outside the home AT ALL for any member of the family unit.  The healthy can be infected, 80% will have minor to no symptoms, but they can unknowingly pass it to compromised family members who may not be so lucky.  

ASSUME everything at the grocery store is contaminated, do not get "bulk food", only packaged food that allows for external sanitation, wash all produce as soon as it enters your home or switch to frozen.  ASSUME everything ordered on line is contaminated, everything delivered is contaminated, wipe down everything with appropriate disinfecting solutions, including mail.  ASSUME the items inside your mail order packages are contaminated, and disinfect them.  Adopt a twice daily sanitation routine within your home, wiping down touch surfaces (railings, light switches, door handles, appliance knobs and handles, cupboard handles, drawer pulls, faucets, and those places you touch with out thinking - doors, chair arms etc.).  Don't forget phones, remotes, calculators, keyboards.  Literally do everything you can to ensure you create a safe bubble within your home, if you have a health compromised family member.

Here, in BC and Canada the political figures agree with the health professionals projections that this will be affecting us for as long as 18-24 mths - until herd immunity or a vaccine is available.  Look to other countries for info on best practises, use common sense, protect your at risk family members, and keep safe.
4 days ago
Better to assume you are one of the 80% who get mild to no symptoms.  Check with local health authority for guidelines in your area. If I were you, I would stay isolated a further two weeks.
6 days ago
I too was awarded a "cow" the other day, not april 1st.  What does this mean?
6 days ago
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All we can do is S-T-R-E-T-C-H out the transmission and spread so medical facilities are not overwhelmed. It WILL mean months, not weeks, of self isolation, social distancing, closed businesses, and no paycheques. The death tolls will rise, but how many die, from lack of available medical care, we CAN control IF we slow the spread.  

And yes, now is the time to embrace your inner hero! Whether that is by getting a shut in groceries, dropping off anonymous gifts, or mowing a lawn for someone who can't. Trust me, it feels wonderful to engage in these sort of random acts of kindness when the world is so full of bad news.  
6 days ago
In an urban environment (high population, close to neighbors) cats should never be outdoors unsupervised, any more than a dog in that circumstance, running loose. Too dangerous for the pet, local wildlife, and will piss off neighbors.

Rural or farm is DIFFERENT, human and pet population per acre is significantly decreased, and there is room and safety for free roaming over larger areas.  

I suggest speaking to the local group (every area has one) dealing with feral cat control, offer to provide for a feral colony (food, vax, altering, flea, tick control, vet when needed) and most will happily take you up on it. Follow their recommendations as to housing and initial confining (this varies by location, level of feralness) - they will know what works best in your area.  

Contrary to some opinions, I highly recommend spaying and neutering, one female cat will produce at least 8-12 kittens, at a minimum, each year: those kittens can reproduce as early as 4 mths. Adult males fight, spray and wander (bringing back disease).

I have witnessed the results in unmanaged colonies, it can be heartbreaking.  Inbreeding causes gross deformities. Often kittens have under active immune systems, leading to horrible respiratory and eye infections, that are expensive to treat or fatal. The sick kittens commonly result in high rates of contagious viral and bacterial infections that will wipe out a colony and spread to local wildlife.

Do work on handling and taming any who show promise, feral cats are commonly NASTY, skittish, and do live their lives in a fairly highly stressed and fearful manner - this cannot be optimum for any living creature.
6 days ago