Thank You PG&E
Pacific Gas & Electric donates $6,500 to California Living Museum’s Endangered Species Recovery Program (ESRP)
The San Joaquin kit fox is one of the most endangered animals in California, but it’s not uncommon to see them out and about come dusk all over Bakersfield.
A couple of these furry residents make their home at PG&E’s Service Center on Wible Rd. The male fox, about the size of a large cat, is a fixture on the grounds, along with his female companion.
Back in March, PG&E employee Brett Clare noticed something was wrong with the resident male. Clare became concerned because the nocturnal animal was scratching and up most of the day.
PG&E employees immediately contacted CALM’s Endangered Species Recovery Program (ESRP), which captured and turned over the animal to zoo for specialized treatment.
The kit fox was treated with antibiotics and was later released back to the PG&E Service Center.
“PG&E did the right thing. They noticed the kit fox needed help and called the Endangered Species Recovery Program (ESRP), which safely captured the sick animal and brought it to CALM to receive much needed care,” said Lana Fain, zoo manager at CALM.
PG&E’s compassion didn’t end there. The utility has donated $6,500 to help CALM with its future and recovery and rehab efforts.
“We are committed to supporting the communities which we serve. This collaborative effort highlights the importance of CALM and ESRP. We are proud to support both of their ongoing efforts to care for local wildlife,” said Denise Newton, PG&E’s Kern division senior manager.
Zoo officials have advice for residents who come across sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.
“Each animal is a separate situation whether it is sick, injured, or orphaned. The public can give CALM a call and we can give them advice based on the situation,” said Fain.
The recovered kit fox is now thriving at the PG&E Service Center. They both use an old transmission pipeline as a den. PG&E employees have set up cones around an old transmission pipeline the foxes us as their den to ensure their safety.
CALM said protecting the animals is required by law, but for PG&E employees it is part of being good local environmental stewards.