When Pets Attack Wildlife—Part 1: What Can Happen


  • Shirley Casey WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc.
  • Mackenzie Goldthwait DVM Annie’s Animal Clinic




Cat bites, dog bites, cats and birds, pet attacks, antibiotic resistance, wildlife injuries, wildlife mortality, cats kill birds, crushing injuries by dogs, wildlife wounds


Millions of wild animals are chased, captured, and harmed by domestic pets each year. This paper describes a variety of wild animal health problems that can be found after such pet attacks, whether directly related to the pet or related to conditions that may have occurred before or after the pet encounter.


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Author Biographies

Shirley Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc.

Shirley J. Casey, co–founder of WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation in Evergreen, Colorado, has been a licensed rehabilitator since 1986. She conducts research on wildlife topics as well as publishes and presents around the country on a wide range of rehabilitation topics, as well as on www.ewildagain.org.

Mackenzie Goldthwait DVM, Annie’s Animal Clinic

Mackenzie Goldthwait, DVM, graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 with a special interest in wildlife medicine. She was the veterinarian at Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts for 18 months. She is a veterinarian in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and works with wildlife as well as providing training for rehabilitators and veterinary students on wildlife health. Dr. Goldthwait is a Master Birder and serves on the Board of Directors for the Audubon Society of Greater Denver.


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How to Cite

Casey, S., & Goldthwait, M. (2013). When Pets Attack Wildlife—Part 1: What Can Happen. Wildlife Rehabilitation Bulletin, 31(2), 8–16. https://doi.org/10.53607/wrb.v31.45