Wildlife & Spring
Spring is birthing time for the raccoon, fox, skunk and many other wild animals. Every year thousands of young wild animals are found by people. Most of these animals do not need to be rescued.
Your wildlife rehabilitation facility can help you decide whether or not to rescue a young animal. The following infonnation will help you to assess the situation before you call.
Is it orphaned? It is natural for all young animals to explore the world alone once they leave the nest. Usually the parents are nearby even if not visible to you. Observe the young animal from a distance for some time before calling.
Is it in danger? Young wild animals in danger do not need to be taken from the wild, just protected from the danger. Pets and children are the most immediate dangers to the young animal. Keep them away while you assess the situation with a wildlife rehabilitator. If the animal is injured, cold or weak it needs help. Call a wildlife rehabilitation facility.
Wildlife rehabilitators are permitted by the state to raise and release orphaned and injured wildlife. These people are experienced specialists properly inoculated and informed on wildlife diseases. In the event you need assistance please be sure the person is licensed.
Rabies is a concern. Pay attention to information given by the
Rabies Hot Line, 1-800-4-RABIES. Listen to the Health Departments
recommendations and talk to your physician and veterinarian.
Enjoy wildlife at a distance and please continue to care.
Nancy J. Carey
Wild In Vermont