Wildlife Rescue Rules

Rescue If:

  • The parent is known to be dead, and the baby is too young to be on its own
  • The animal is weak, thin, cold, or appears sick.
  • The animal is injured in any way; or there are flies, ants, or other insects around the animal.
  • The animal is in danger, including problems with other animals, people, or any life-threatening situation.

Leave Alone If:

  • The parent is nearby. Parents rarely abandon healthy offspring. It is natural for some species, including             rabbits and deer, to leave their young for a few hours while foraging for food.
  • The animal is fat, bright-eyed, appears healthy, and isn’t in apparent danger. Parent animals have strong        self-preservation instincts. Watch from a distant place. Keep children and animals away so the reunion can    take place

Intervene If:

  • A nest has been blown from a tree. Pick it up, place it in a berry basket, and tie the basket to a limb of the      tree using heavy twine, or place in a crotch of a tree.
  • A baby has fallen from the nest. Pick up the baby and return it to the nest. Do not handle the baby a lot          since their bones are fragile. Call Wildlife Works for more advice.

Always: Use gloves and caution when handling wildlife. Wild animals normally don’t attack people, but when threatened they will defend themselves. Even small mammals can bite or scratch; birds can peck. Larger species are dangerous.


Never: Never touch raccoons, skunks, bats, woodchucks, or foxes without using gloves. These species could be carriers of rabies. Contact a wildlife rehabber ASAP if you find any of these species in trouble.


After Rescue:

  • Place the animal in a secure box equipped with air holes and a lid. Use a box that is the right size – not too    large or small. Provide a clean ravel-free cloth for the animal to grasp, and make certain there is nothing          inside the box the animal can get caught in. The box should be placed in a warm, dark, and quiet area until    transportation is arranged.
  • Do not feed or water the animal; good intentions can be fatal to wildlife.
  • NEVER house or transport a wild bird in a cage. The wire will damage their feathers.