DEAR JOAN: We have two female desert tortoises and a box turtle that we have had for more than 50 years. It is getting to be a chore to take care of them properly as we age.
Do you know of a zoo or place that would like to have them?
Edna A., Bay Area
DEAR EDNA: Finding new homes for desert tortoises can be tricky as they are a protected species and may not be sold or taken from the wild. Those who own the tortoises can, however, gift them to someone else. As the tortoises live an average of 50 to 80 years, you want to make sure whomever takes them knows how to care for them.
DEAR JOAN: We wanted to share something we do to help protect any “Bambis” and their parents on the roadways. We have had deer alerts on all our vehicles for years and honestly we’ve seen dogs, deer and other animals stop in their tracks on the side of the road when we drive by.
It works by emitting a sound that we humans do not hear and keeps them from running into the road. I know that Mama deer and the babies just run lickety-split across Highway 17 and we feel we are doing our duty by preventing an accident from happening.
Jane Parks-McKay and Tim McKay, Santa Cruz
DEAR JANE AND TIM: There is some healthy debate on whether deer alerts, also known as deer whistles, are as effective as they are purported to be. I’m pleased to hear the devices work for you.
Not a lot of research has…
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