Groton Animal Control activity in May was up slightly from last month with 24 calls, broken down as follows:
• Loose dogs: 8
• Loose/missing cats: 3 (1 in a tree, rescued by owner)
• Loose horse: 2, Thank you Bruce, Lorena and Matt for helping in getting Filly home.
• Loose goats: 2, frightened by fireworks.
• Bat in a house: 1, (found its own way out)
• Owlet out of nest: 1, Thank you Ben and Lisa for standing by with the baby. Wildlife rehabilatator was notified but before she could arrive, Momma Owl came on scene. Wildlife decided that she was capable of protecting and feeding her babe. All was well.
• Possum: 1, question from resident about risk of possums to his horses
• Muskrat: 1 (basking in sun on deck)
• Woodchuck: 2, referred residents to contact a removal person. Groton ACO cannot handle wildlife.
• Bear sightings: 2 (obviously designated by Mass. Fish and Wildlife to search out and destroy bird feeders left up past March first)
• Assist Westford ACO in using our shelter for an abandoned dog : 1
• Loose Moose: a young moose was captured on film by a Champney Street resident; the moose apparently continued her stroll into the woods.
Since the implementing of Groton’s temporary leash law, Animal Control has been and will continue to check our trails for violations of the law. Since the C-19 quarantine traffic on our trails has increased. Everyone: dog owners, joggers, riders and walkers, has the right to use these trails. As difficult as it may seem, some users do not appreciate being approached by a dog off-leash. A dog off-leash that approaches a rider on horse-back presents a real danger to both horse and rider.