Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor
Almost any domestic animal depicted as having a ‘natural enemy’ can learn to live with another animal. But wild animals are in a completely different category.
If a human ‘adopts’ an animal from the wilderness he or she is taking a great risk. I am not speaking about hybrids—wolfdog, coydog, or Bengal cats—I am speaking of true, wild animals.
Wild animals have stronger prey drives than most domestic animals. They may eventually attack their human or animal companions because of these instincts. While it may be fun to consider a wolf or a lion as part of your family, you are endangering every person or pet by living side-by-side with an animal that belongs in the wild.
People that remove an animal from his natural habitat are doing the animal—and their own family—a disservice.
If you find a non-domestic animal in obvious distress contact your local wildlife preservation society. Locally, please contact Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge at 856.983.3329. They are located at 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford, NJ 08055.
If you have questions about this or any other dog-related issue call or text 856.981.8957 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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