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What happens to the animals?


September 24, 2020

What happens to the animals in wildfire-stricken areas? After an area has burned and the fire mop-up crews go in, one fireman described it as a silent moonscape.

“There are no animals, no birds, no bodies anywhere, just silence.”

According to Charlie Powell of WSU Exotics and Wildlife Ward in Pullman, this is because animals and birds are smart enough to outrun a fire. WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital only received four kittens from the wildfire-stricken communities of Malden and Pine City. They were only slightly injured, and will soon be returned to their owners. Powell said that in...

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