Courtesy of Wildlife
Rescue & Rehabilitation Network
of Westchester County, Inc
During the spring and
summer seasons new generations of wildlife are born.
These babies are often mistaken for orphans or for being
injured or sick or distressed. The fact is that, in
many circumstances, these babies are not in need of
assistance, and are better left to the care of their
parents. Here's some basic information that will help
you help wildlife:
If you have to chase
it, it probably doesn't need your help!
Don't make orphans!
Babies are often left alone while their parents
look for food. Don't take babies from their parents
unless you're positive that they need your help. For,
example, fledglings are often mistaken for injured
birds and fawns are often mistaken for orphans. Instead
observe the animal(s) for a period of time (varies
with different animals) from a distance. To determine
if an animal needs assistance look for things such
as bleeding, broken limbs or wings, wounds, infestations,
and tilted head.
down trees in fall because, in addition to birds,
many mammals nest in trees in the spring and summer.
Try to leave part of the trunks of dead trees standing:
they provide homes for all types of wildlife.
Before mowing your
lawn, check the ground for nesting baby rabbits,
for baby birds/mammals that might have fallen out
of their nests, and for fledglings. Before pruning
bushes, check for bird's nests. In general, before
doing any landscaping, check your property for wildlife.
and dogs can harm wildlife. Please keep your
pets indoors and under control. Your pets will be
safer, too! If you can't keep your cat indoors, you
can use multiple bell collars which will alert some
wild animals to your cat's presence. If your pet has
caught an animal in its mouth, it'll need to be taken
to a "rehabber" or a vet that treats wildlife.
When wildlife nests
in your home, if it doesn't present an immediate
threat to those in your household, give it a grace
period. It'll usually leave on its own. If you need
to hire a wildlife trapper, find one who gives you
a written guarantee that he will, whenever possible,
(1) use non-lethal
methods only, (2)
release the animals together (so juveniles
aren't separated from their mothers) and on-site (relocated
animals have low survival rates when released in unfamiliar
areas), and (3) do
the necessary exclusion and repair work to
prevent wild animals from re-entering your home. If
you patch attic and roof holes and cap your chimney,
wildlife cannot nest in your home.