As wildfires continue to ravage parts of Canada, their impact is being felt across the border in the United States. Smoke from the fires is causing air pollution levels to soar to record highs, triggering air quality warnings and causing outdoor events to be cancelled. While the focus has largely been on the human impact of this pollution, animals are also vulnerable to its harmful effects. The smoke can cause respiratory issues and lead to long-term health problems. Wildlife experts are advising people to keep their pets indoors during times of high pollution and to limit outdoor activities to reduce exposure. As the frequency and intensity of wildfires increase, it is important to consider the impact on both humans and animals.
Today: December 9, 2023