Massive wildfires displacing massive numbers of animals

An orphaned mountain lion cub that was burned in a Northern California wildfire is treated at the Oakland Zoo. Credit: Oakland Zoo

Firefighters battling the Glass Fire in California say they are seeing large numbers of displaced wildlife around evacuation zones intended for humans. “Turkeys, ring-tailed cats, foxes, coyotes, deer, mountain lions and even bears have been spotted on the move as they attempt to find a safe place to shelter both from people and the wildfires,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

“We’ve burned 4 million out of 40 million acres,” said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Sean Norman. “That’s a lot of their area that’s no longer available to them.”

Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.