The tips below are general guidelines. Please remember that wildlife can be extremely dangerous, biting and scratching, even when injured, ill or very young and should always be approached with caution!
1. Before capturing an animal you feel may need help, observe quietly from a distance for a time to help determine if the animal really needs help. Keep pets and other people away. Remember that just because a young animal is alone it does not necessarily mean it has been abandoned. Wildlife mothers normally leave their young alone for periods of time while foraging or to distract predators (including humans) away from their young.
2. If a cat or dog has had the animal, even if you do not see wounds or blood, place
the animal in a small box with a clean T-
3. In all situations where you have determined that the animal does need help, never feed the animal or give it water. Doing so may kill an injured or dehydrated animal. Never try to medicate or apply first aid to an animal even if there are wounds. Wildlife can carry diseases transmissible to humans. Contact with blood or other body fluids puts you at risk. Some medications intended for use on humans or domestic animals may kill or sicken wildlife. Always wash your hands thoroughly after capturing the animal. It may be wise to wear disposable gloves for the capture.
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For Nuisance Wildlife click here or contact your local wildlife officials.
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