Massive wildfires displacing massive numbers of animals

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.

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