SPOKANE, Wash. — Wildlife is trying to hide from poor Inland Northwest air quality and a local expert said there is something we can do to help them during this stressful time.
Experts with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife said wildlife in our region have adapted to smoke over time, and they know exactly what to do.
"They're going to try to get away from it in the sense of hunkering down in areas that are cooler," said Michael Atamian, a wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. "They are going to get down (into) and probably the creeks and the water bodies. The best thing we can do for wildlife is leave them alone, let them be where they want to be and (cause) as little stress as possible," he said. "Running in this isn't good for us, running animals and wildlife in this is not good for them."
Spokane’s air quality index was sitting at “hazardous” on Monday but has improved to “unhealthy for some groups” on Tuesday.
In Coeur d’Alene, the air quality is still listed as “very unhealthy.”
Even though the smoke can affect wildlife animals over time, Atamian said he isn't seeing any immediate health impacts to the animals.