I found an Injured Wildlife - What can I do?
YOU, as the rescuer, are the MOST IMPORTANT person that this animal will ever meet in its lifetime. Thank you!!!!
First of all make sure the animal really needs human intervention. Do not purposely orphan an animal.
The animal has a 50% survival rate in the wild. Removing it from its mother cuts that in half.
If the animal does need help then get gloves and use either a box or a stick to move the animal into a safe place out of traffic,
the direct sun, away from ants, pets and children.
Do not touch wildlife with your bare hands.
They can have zoonotic diseases (a disease that is contagious to more than one species, ex: rabies). Also, you will be exposing yourself to getting bitten or injured and/or stressing the animal more.
Animals become more defensive when they are injured or ill and do not know you are just trying to help them and feel you are going to eat them.
Do not offer food and water due to this can actually increase chances of organ failure depending on the condition of the animal.
(This important fact cannot be stressed enough!!!).
Put a t-shirt in with the animal so it can get warm and hide. Towels have loops and can catch and break little fingers and toes.
Scrub your hands after you take off the gloves with warm water, bleach and soap. Then…..
Find a trained and permitted wildlife rehabilitator:
Ways to help
Ways to help wildlife:
Put a bowl of water out or add a nice water feature to your yard.
Slow down when you drive and give animals a chance to get out of your way.
You cannot keep this animal and do not try to rehabilitate it yourself! Its Illegal!
Your state’s natural resource page (ex: DNR, Parks and Wildlife) and find wildlife rehabilitators.
Here is more info on the subject: http://www.wildlife-education.com/can-i-keep-it.php
Go to AnimalHelpNow
Go to www.Rogerswildlife.org
Feather Animals & Wild Birds - (972) 225-4000
Go to Bat World
EAW Trapping - Emmitt Woods - 214-680-7834
(safe trapping and relocation of all Wildlife Issues